The link between cortisol and belly fat. The benefits of hormone testing and natural hormone replacement.
Is that stubborn bulge of fat around your belly making you feel miserable? Is there a muffin top forming when you put on your favorite pair of pants? Do you need to go buy new slacks in the mature woman section because your old ones are too tight?
And are you blaming yourself because you can’t get that ugly fat to go away? It’s not your fault. When women age their hormone levels naturally decline. As belly-shrinking hormones decrease, your metabolism slows down.
Certain hormones play a cruel trick on women of a certain age group. They are the main culprits keeping you from losing belly fat – even if you’re eating nutritional sensible meals and enrolled in abdominal boot camp. It’s hard to break free of the belly fat curse.
For a better understanding of belly fat and how to eliminate it once and for all, read this entire article.
Losing belly fat is a real challenge. Most of us can’t wrap our heads around why we develop unwanted belly fat when we haven’t changed a thing about our eating habits and on top of that, bumped up our exercise routine. Or maybe we noticed that the more we exercise and improve our nutrition the more we lose in other places – everywhere except the belly!
Many women looking into weight loss options choose a diet du jour. There’s the blood type diet, the lemonade diet, the fasting diet, the raw food diet, and on and on. Many of these fad diets promise quick weight loss. But just as soon as you start dropping an impressive number of pounds after a couple weeks or months and go back to normal eating, the weight returns. And worse; you not only regained the lost weight, you added on more!
The body can feel weak during dieting due to metabolism slowing down, muscle loss and loss of water weight. This creates a rebound-eating pattern because you feel bad as the body thinks you’re in starvation mode. Chalk that up to the lives of our prehistoric ancestors where life was feast or famine, a built-in survival mechanism. Our dieting and not dieting created a roller-coaster effect. Our genetic predisposition keeps us from starvation and eventual death. Our hormone receptors are making darn sure we don’t continue down that path and that we gain that weight back – and more for good measure!
What’s actually happening with weight gain on the bodies cellular level is that there’s an increase in the number and size of fat cells. Yeah, there’s such a thing as fat cells. They start forming around puberty and we generally don’t lose them, but we can gain more of them. And the ones we have can shrink or expand in size, depending on whether we’re dieting or not dieting.
Weight loss generally only affects fat cell size; it doesn’t get rid of them (fortunately, we do offer a service that will get rid of those pesky fat cells!)
Solving our mid-section mystery is … complicated. Time for a short lesson in women’s anatomy. There are three kinds of fat in the mature body: structural fat and normal fat are essential fats, and there is abnormal fat. Structural fat fills the gaps around organs and acts as a cushion like the hard fat under the bones of the feet. Normal fat is stored all over the body and is used for fuel and to maintain body temperature these fats are considered essential.
Abnormal fat is the fat overweight or obese people suffer from…belly, hips, arms thighs are the more common areas. This fat is typically not used to fuel your body and is considered non-essential.
While dieting, the fat loss begins with normal fat, then structural fat loss, and eventually abnormal fat. What this means is that you’re losing the helpful fat before the abnormal fat. Usually, by the time your body starts losing the abnormal fat you’ve given up on the diet.
Most people give up on a diet due to slow results, feeling weak, and having low energy. The weakness and loss of energy is a result of muscle loss and loss of water weight. Our body is 70 percent water; we need that water.
Obesity is on the rise, unfortunately, and along with that weight gain are many serious and chronic health issues: heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, gynecological problems, and many other health risks. Plus, excess weight puts stress on the body causing an increase in the hormone cortisol, popularly known as the stress hormone. Stress in your life also causes an increase in cortisol levels.
Cortisol has many functions but the counterproductive one that has to do with weight gain is that it stimulates the production of glucose (sugar), which is needed for energy. But with high levels of cortisol, it prevents the body from using glucose (sugar) for energy.
You can begin to crave sugar because the cells feel like they are not getting the energy it needs. If it is not used for energy then it causes blood sugar levels to rise, which can eventually lead to diabetes. Elevated blood sugar levels also cause an increase in inflammation in the body causing those other diseases I mentioned.
Does this help explain why, when we’re under stress, we crave sweets? Our body’s need for energy creates that craving. Until stress is under control the vicious cycle continues …
You often have higher levels of the cortisol when you gain weight. Now here’s the other bad news. Cortisol isn’t the only contributing factor in weight gain. When cortisol increases it causes a decrease in other hormones like estrogen, testosterone, and creates an abnormal thyroid level.
The thyroid hormone controls metabolism and requires a normal cortisol level to work properly.
Testosterone also plays a major role in metabolism in the body. Ever wonder why your husband, male partner, or male friend on the same diet plan as you is able to lose weight quicker? Men naturally have more testosterone and testosterone helps speed up metabolism.
So how do you jump off the sugar merry-go-round and start losing pounds and keep them off? The perfect weight loss solution requires that you address three areas: proper nutrition, exercise, and a balance of hormones.
An effective hormone solution involves the female hormone HCG, which our bodies make at certain times (during pregnancy, actually). HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) works by removing stored abnormal fat. When given daily as an injection or a topical cream, HCG helps you lose weight and lose belly fat (but injections are more effective). It works by increasing your metabolism and doesn’t cause muscle or water loss.
HCG works in both men and women. A woman taking HCG can lose 25 to 35 pounds (a man 35 to 45 pounds) during a six-week HCG treatment. That’s 1 to 2 pounds per day.
The full HCG protocol includes lipo B injections, recommended supplements, a weekly journal review, and a recommended nutrition plan. HCG can be used for 3 or 6 weeks.
The most comforting part of HCG treatment is that you don’t feel hungry or miserable like some fad diets, those quick fixes that cause you to lose muscle and water. HCG goes right to the target and gets rid of unwanted fat cells.
HCG has also been shown to decrease appetite, irritability, those feelings of hunger and cravings, and promotes a general feeling of well-being and less fatigue. And the best news of all: you don’t gain that weight back – even after returning to your normal healthy food routine. Bye-bye roller coaster dieting. But this also requires decreasing stress in your life.
With the winter holidays around the corner, HCG treatment will help you make your best impression. You get to show off all that hard work you spent losing weight and look great in and out of your holiday clothes! We make it easy with a step-by-step solution for losing that unwanted fat … starting now.
Please understand that HCG isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. If you have a medical condition such as heart disease, cancer, kidney disease, seizure disorder, or you’re pregnant, HCG is not for you.
Don’t let dieting failure and frustration keep you back from having the trim and shapely body you’ve always desired.
An HCG weight loss plan is now available at our office. During the consultation labs are drawn, your history is taken and we develop a plan specific to each individual, based on lab results and desired weight loss goal!
Best in Health,
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