It’s humiliating… confusing… and often painful. For women over 35, it can be infuriating. And a total nightmare once you hit menopause.
You eat less and exercise harder, yet still put on weight, especially around the belly.
Add in the hot flashes, disrupted sleep and mood swings, and life can feel unfair… like your body has betrayed you. What the heck is going on?
It’s called hormonal burnout… and it can wreak havoc on your female metabolism.
Fortunately, research shows a clear way to reverse its effects.
While hormonal burnout can strike at any age, it affects all women as they mature through menopause. And some even a few years earlier.
It’s caused by declining levels of estrogen and its sister-hormone, progesterone.
Normally, they go up and down naturally like a see-saw. However, by 35, as ovulation slows, hormonal burnout begins:
This chart below shows the hormonal insanity that throws this see-saw out of whack:
Threat #1: You Become More Carb-Sensitive…
First, the decline in estrogen hurts your ability to process carbs. That’s because estrogen helps your body manage blood sugar.
So less estrogen leads to higher blood sugar. And higher blood sugar turns into fat, especially around the belly.
That’s why an evening bowl of pasta can result in an extra pant size in the morning!
So should you cut out carbs completely? Absolutely not. That just stresses out your metabolism even more.
And that brings up the next threat…
Threat #2: You Become More Stress-Reactive…
Once you’re through menopause, your stress-hormone cortisol spikes up to 74%. That’s unfortunate, as a woman’s metabolism is already more sensitive to stress than a man’s.
But the drop in estrogen and progesterone makes matters even worse. That’s because they amplify the effects of your brain’s “feel good” molecules, serotonin and GABA.
Those molecules help you stay happy, relaxed and sleeping well. That acts like a shield, protecting you from the damaging effects of stress.
So with a weaker stress shield (due to lower estrogen and progesterone) you’re much more vulnerable to cortisol:
And that’s not the kind of miracle you want.
The Menopause Belly Solution…
Fortunately, there is a way to conquer these dual threats: Turn your natural hormonal rhythms into a metabolic advantage. This something women can do… but men can not!
By working with this advantage, one study found women can burn 65% more fat during exercise than men. Plus, they can have more control over where that fat is stored.
And when this advantage is combined with a special type of exercise, it can really help your mid-section slim back down.
But every woman has a unique set of hormonal rhythms. So to tap into this advantage, the first step is to understand your specific hormone type.
What’s Your Hormone Type?
That’s where my good friend Dr. Jade Teta comes in. He’s an expert on women’s metabolism. He’s developed a tool that will reveal your hormone type in 60 seconds:
But he doesn’t stop there. He also gives you a customized plan for your exact hormone type. It acts like an instruction manual for your body.
It’s based on his proven 4M framework developed over the last 25 years and includes:
This action plan will help protect you from those dual metabolic threats.
And help you feel what it’s like to work with – instead of fight against – your hormones.
I hope you benefit from this article!