Reset Your Hormones to Beat Belly Fat

By Dr. Natasha TurnerNaturopathic doctor and author of The Supercharged Hormone Diet, The Hormone Diet, and The Carb Sensitivity ProgramGet Dr. Turner’s recipes that will help your hormones work with you on your weight-loss goals instead of against you.

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3. High Estrogen: Abdominal fat in men increases the conversion of testosterone into estrogen. As estrogen levels rise, so does the tendency to accumulate more abdominal fat, fuelling the situation. The risk of prostate cancer also increases with higher estrogen levels. A premenopausal woman with high levels of estrogen (also known as estrogen dominance) will likely have PMS, too much body fat around the hips and difficulty losing weight. Menopausal women and, yes, men too, may experience low libido, memory loss, poor motivation, depression, loss of muscle mass, and increased belly fat.

Hormone Diet Solution: A blood or saliva test can assess your levels. If levels are high, consider a product with indole-3-carbinol, green tea, and turmeric – all three help to rid the body of excess negative estrogen and correct the balance of estrogen to testosterone. Adding ground flax, chia seeds and/or a non-psyllium fiber supplement will also assist your body to eliminate harmful estrogen.


4. Low Testosterone: Testosterone levels decrease as abdominal fat converts it to estrogen, and also with increasing stress. While you are under stress, your body will tend to make more stress hormone (cortisol) than testosterone. Testosterone levels tend to taper off with aging, obesity and stress, but today men are experiencing testosterone decline much earlier in life. This is quite an alarming finding, considering low testosterone has been linked to depression, obesity, osteoporosis, heart disease and even death. Researchers from the University of Washington found that men with low testosterone are more likely to develop a potbelly and other body fat. They also found that testosterone may prompt the loss of body fat when deficient levels are replaced. Other signs that you may have low testosterone levels include a loss of muscle tissue, depression, and decreased strength, stamina, drive and motivation. If you have your testosterone levels measured with a blood test, be sure to ask that both free and total testosterone be measured.


Hormone Diet Solution: The herb tribulus terrestris may help raise levels by reducing the binding of testosterone to sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) without side effects. Zinc supplements may also help raise testosterone levels, as will weight training. Ensure sufficient intake of protein for healthy levels of testosterone too.

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