The menopause solution for your body & what you can do next…
As a woman, the period of time of menopause can be troubling and confusing when it comes to losing weight and re-gaining your youthful energy.
Here’s the thing that you need to understand with menopause. Once you cross the menopause period and your estrogen and progesterone levels begin to fall, that changes the way your metabolism behaves.
Let’s review a couple key concepts here that you need to understand that are going to be insightful for you, so you can understand why your body worked the way it did maybe when you were younger and how it’s gonna change now that you’re in menopause or when you do go through menopause.
- First thing you need to understand that happens with menopause is that the estrogen and progesterone ratio changes fairly significantly.
So here’s estrogen, and here is progesterone.
What happens at menopause is that the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen falls pretty significantly and progesterone falls as well.
So in other words, not only do you have low estrogen and progesterone from a total perspective, but you have a relative estrogen excess compared to progesterone at menopause. And that’s an important concept to understand.
So what does that mean?
One of the things that happens is now we know we have lower estrogen levels at menopause, and we also know that estrogen is sort of anti-carb or anti-insulin. In other words, it helps us be more insulin sensitive and less carb reactive.
And so when you have enough estrogen, you can handle carbs better, and you can handle insulin better.
Estrogen is also anti-stress or anti-cortisol. And so when you have plenty of estrogen, you can handle stress better. We know that stress also has a negative impact on insulin. So as estrogen goes away or you have lower amounts, now you’re going be more carb reactive, have more insulin, and more cortisol effects which are all going to lead to having an issue of weight gain around the mid section.
So what happens then with progesterone?
Progesterone has the same impact that estrogen has on cortisol. It is an anti-cortisol agent, but when it’s gone through menopause, you end up having positive cortisol effects. More stress.
Now here’s the tricky thing that happens with menopause that I want to show you.
Estrogen levels fall because the ovaries are no longer making estrogen anymore; however, you can still make estrogen in several places…
- Your fat cells make estrogen.
- You can get estrogen-like compounds in the diet through plastics that you store your food in.
- Through pesticides.
- Through coffee.
In other words, there are a ton of different estrogen mimicking compounds in the environment; however, when it comes to progesterone there are almost no progesterone mimicking things in the environment.
The only place you’re going to get progesterone after menopause is the adrenal glands, your stress glands. (Or through natural compounded herbal creams.)
So you can see what begins to happen here. Not only do you have a natural estrogen excess and progesterone deficiency that occurs because of menopause, but then you have this environmental factor also feeding into this dysfunction all leading to higher amounts of estrogen and lower amounts of progesterone.
And since progesterone is one of the major ways that you combat extra stress, stress becomes a major issue here and so does adrenal support, supporting the adrenal glands with herbs and specialized no to very low carb diets that can make a difference to help balance this effect.
That is ONE of the main reasons some women have such a hard time with hot flashes and losing weight is this ratio of estrogen to progesterone.
2) The next thing you need to understand is this whole idea of calories versus carbohydrates. This is a key argument in the world of weight loss and fat loss because many people say that it’s calories that matter most. While other people say carbohydrate intake matters more than calories.
But here’s the interesting thing about this is that, in a sense, a low calorie diet may also be a low carbohydrate diet. And I want to explain that because this is key to understanding how this works.
So let’s say, when you’re young, you’re able to go on Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig or something like that, which is essentially a low calorie diet. So what are you going to do when you go on a low calorie diet?
Most are going to cut out a couple things. Most women will cut out all fat because fat has the highest amount of calories. And you’re probably going to cut out a ton of simple sugars. No one on a diet does candies, soda, and things like that, and you’re going to probably increase your fruits and vegetables a little bit as well.
That’s kind of what the standard is. You might move from refined grains to more whole grains. And so essentially what that all accomplishes is decrease calories.
The other thing that this accomplishes and is something that is very key here, it accomplishes also a lower carbohydrate diet than what you were eating previously.
So not only did you lower calories, but you also lowered carbohydrates.
And the other thing that you may have done is you lowered the influence of the most dangerous on weight loss which is you lowered the fat and carb intake together because you’re not going to want to eat fat and carbs together, that’s an avalanche of calories!
Fat-starch or the fat-sugar combination is really bad for fat loss, probably the worst thing for fat loss.
So essentially what you were doing when you were going on Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers and these programs is you were lowering calories, yes, but you were also lowering carbs.
And that is why you were able to get the results that you may have gotten then.
At least for only a very short period of time.
Now you may have noticed or you will notice when you go through menopause, now what happens is you’re no longer able to get the same result from these low calorie programs, like Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig and things like that.
The reason why is because one of the major influences on whether you can burn fat or not is carbohydrate and insulin.
And while when you were younger, this low calorie diet may have lowered carbohydrates enough for you to see results…
Now that you have decreased estrogen levels which make you less insulin sensitive or more carbohydrate reactive, the results don’t happen anymore.
These low carbohydrate amount that once was able to help you to lose fat is now not enough, and you will need to lower it further. So you’ll have to go down in carbs even more. Uh oh!
Don’t worry though, I have a solution for that which is going to keep you satisfied with plenty of energy and still cut those carbs out without the cravings, SO KEEP READING!
So the point here is this…
That a low calorie diet with a whole grain low carbohydrate was enough to get results when you were young and had estrogen working for you. Now it will not be. You will have to go from a calorie counting approach to a much lower carbohydrate approach.
It’s time for a new approach.
EAT MORE FATS.
And it’s this one very key thing to understand about losing weight during menopause.
Many women do not understand this key issue and also don’t understand that it’s not just about cutting simple carbohydrates, like cookies and candies and pastries and crackers and things like that, that make a difference now.
Now you’re going to have to start cutting out all the ‘healthy stuff’, the whole grains, even some fruits and dairy, that stimulate insulin as well, because estrogen is not there.
And so you have to go from this whole idea of what was once healthy in the stores and TV commercials, like whole grains, low fat foods and fruits and things like that, to something that is more weight loss conducive which is more vegetable, protein based and high fat.
This is the beginning concepts that you need to understand so you can begin to navigate through menopause and master your body.
So what does this all mean for you and what should you do next?
(NOTE: Have you had an opportunity to learn about The Menopause Weight Loss Solution? It’s a method of eating that helps you lower your carbs without the cravings and strict dieting and still lose weight fast at any age.)