Sugar, Weight Gain + Your Hormones

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It’s sort of a cliché that once women hit their 40s they gain about five extra pounds. That these extra lbs have managed to creep on gradually without a significant change in diet or exercise. And that those five extra are seemingly impossible to lose.

I’d heard this many times and always thought they must be doing something to cause it. Or that they looked fine so who cares about a few extra pounds.

Well, I’m here to tell you this 5 pound phenomenon is the real deal. I never thought it would happen to me, but now that it has I want it off. It may sounds like nothing but is something. This small gain has caused my clothes to fit differently and my energy levels to drop. It also sucks to eat right (mostly), exercise regularly and still not look the way you used to.

Dr. Christian Northrup advocates a healthy diet of whole foods and also recommends making sure to keep your blood sugar balanced. Out of whack blood sugar levels cause headache, low energy, scattered mind and can even lead to heart disease, diabetes and cancer. We’ve talked here before about low to no sugar diets and this information seems to be everywhere right now.

I’m thinking this blood sugar issue (and my sweet tooth habit) are to blame for hormonal fluctuations and my recent struggles with not only weight gain and energy drop, but irregular periods and monthly migraines.

So, I’ve enlisted some help from a nutritionist and will document my experience over the next 10 days. Hope you follow along.


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  • Ay.

    Thank you Liz for these recommendations. It is not the first time I think that I read or hear about the fact that sugar may have disadvantages. However, there are many delicious food with added sugar. There may be a middle ground. I don’t remember that you advocated a ban on sugar.

    As far as losing weight, there are advantages that may go beyond the body appearance. I have read that losing weight could have a positive health effect on: lowering blood pressure, lowering the risk of kidney stones, reducing bad cholesterol, and help with knee pain.

    Just in case you have been looking for a solution that does not involve being starved by a weight loss diet or overwhelmed by workouts, you may check this out and the video being linked to:

    Losing weight for the long term is what seems to really matters. However, if a workout or a diet is too hard to follow through long term does it really help?

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