As a woman, if the thought of wearing that little black dress terrifies you, if you constantly feel puffed and heavy, you will need to find ways of taking control of your hormones. Oestrogen has a big impact on your shape. Higher oestrogen levels can interfere with your metabolism, leading to weight gain and difficulty losing those extra pounds. It can also lower your blood sugar levels so that you reach for unhealthy foods as a biological urge rather than through lack of will power. Here are a couple of ways to help stabilise oestrogen levels:
- Brussel sprouts, cabbage, kale and broccoli all contain the phytonutrient DIM which helps your liver metabolise oestrogen effectively and can balance the hormone better so include plenty of these in your diet
- Stay away from carbs when you’re drinking – especially crackers and crisps – as these will promote an insulin surge, followed by a drop, which will leave you craving more carbs
- Stay away from sweet mixed drinks, sweet wines and beers and make sure you moderate your alcohol consumption
- Drink plenty of water
- If you find you have consistent problems with weight management, water retention and bloating, see an expert to rule out an underlying hormone imbalance involving consistent oestrogen dominance.
Losing weight doesn’t have to be a painful process. When your hormones are balanced, your metabolism will speed up, your energy levels will increase and you won’t crave sugar to give you energy. Easy weight loss without dieting can become a reality.