Oral contraceptive pills.
How do they effect fitness & Fatloss?
Progestin only OCPs show a greater tendency to cause weight gain in studies.
Traditional biphasic OCPs show less of an effect illustrating increased metabolic rate along with increased energy intake.
HRT in menopausal women indeed seems to result in weight gain, but does seem to spare the belly fat accumulation that can occur in menopausal women. This may be due to reduced amounts of estrogen and progesterone and their anti-cortisol impact. Remember cortisol encourages belly fat.
As stated previously, much of the impact of female reproductive hormones is a mute point if background insulin levels are too high. Their influence seems to be exerted only under low carbohydrate intake and consistent training states.
So, to take full advantage of this kind of phase training plan you need to ideally control your blood sugar level and be able to train consistently.
Eat Clean. Train Smart. Expect Results.
Female hormone changes: age, lifestyle, and the environment
Women are often duped into believing the low calorie diet and aerobic exercise myth. This approach to weight loss rarely works and often creates damage to their body as a consequence. As a woman ages, as a consequence of stress, or because of environmental estrogen mimicking compounds several things begin to occur. The ovaries decrease their production of estrogen and progesterone. This exacerbates estrogen and progesterone balance, further pushing the body more towards estrogen dominance.
There are also many estrogen mimickers in our food and environment. At the same time, fat cells continue to produce estrogen through an enzyme called aromatase present in fat cells. This also leads the estrogen/progesterone balance to shift more towards estrogen. At the same time slimming and muscle building hormones, like human growth hormone (HGH) and DHEA, decline. Together this creates the perfect storm for female related fat gain and most of it occurs in the mid-section.
DHEA, HGH and progesterone are all hormones that act to keep a woman lean and block the storage of fat in the middle of her body. The tricky part is that a low calorie diet and a focus on aerobic exercise makes this worse because they do nothing to restore these powerful hormones and may actually worsen the estrogen progesterone imbalance in the long run.
So, don’t starve yourself and definitely don’t waste hours and hours on treadmills and ellipticals. You need a 2 or 3 prong approach – my Smart Training system is flexible, includes nutrition coaching and lifestyle advice too! When you start to attack your fat stores you need the right food and the right kind of exercise – the more clients I work with the more proof I have that there is NO such thing as a ONE SIZE FITS ALL program!
If you have stubborn areas of fat I CAN help you get rid of them!
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