Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal! My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal BMI is 24.9.
Natural Weight Loss
Too Many Lazy Years
Too many people just let exercise slide as they get older, and then turn around and blame their lagging metabolism on their hormones.
So, we’re going to get the age question out of the way now.
A few hormones increase as we get older; others stay the same.
But truthfully, most hormones are headed in one direction: south.
As we age, our hormones shift in ways that encourage weight gain.
For example, as you get older, the leptin receptors in your brain start to decrease, so your body doesn’t recognize when you’re full – which leads to overeating.
In women, female hormones decrease and insulin-regulating hormones are less effective, both of which lead to more pounds.
For men, bioavailable testosterone levels decline gradually, about 1.5% per year after age 30, and DHEA levels decline even faster – 2-3% per year.
These declines can decrease muscle mass and energy while they increase belly fat and insulin resistance.
They also make you irritable and depressed – which is all bad news for your metabolism.
These hormonal declines give drug companies and hormone pushers all the ammunition they need.
They use them to support their marketing claims that we need to supplement with synthetic or bioidentical hormones to compensate for the hit to our metabolism or to help extend our lives.
But do we really?
A major study of more than 1100 men aged 40-70 found if they maintained a healthy weight, stayed away from excessive drinking, and avoided serious illnesses like diabetes and heart disease, they could add 10-15% to the levels of several hormones, especially androgens.
Every day, though, more and more research points to the fact that age-related muscle decline is largely under our control.
We’ve spent years blaming the fat on our bellies on our aging, but the truth is, we just haven’t been taking care of ourselves!
The more we eat clean, live clean, and work out, the better our hormone balance will be, and the healthier our metabolism will remain.
Let’s be honest.
Most of us don’t like to exercise.
But the reality is we have to.
Your body needs it like it needs oxygen and water.
First of all, every pound of muscle burns 3 times more calories than every pound of fat does.
Muscles scoop up blood sugar and enhance your body’s insulin sensitivity.
Exercise reduces weight-gain hormones like cortisol by releasing endorphins to fight stress and increases fat-burning hormones like testosterone, human growth hormone, DHEA, and thyroxine (T4) production.
You need exercise.
You can’t deny the benefits and the necessities of working out.
If you want the information in this diet to be really effective, you’ll work out.
Not a grueling fitness regimen.
Just get off your butt and incorporate some healthy activity into your life as soon as possible.
We’ll talk more about how you can get the most positive impact in the least amount of exercise time in a later post.
This diet was designed to explore other avenues to protect and optimize hormone balance naturally to comply with our bodies’ God-given design.
Nature has provided us with the cure; we just keep messing it up!
We have amazing foods – which we’ll talk about in a later post – that not only help us balance our hormones, but also fight cancer, diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s.
But what do we do?
We spray them with pesticides and toxic gases, turning our natural medicine into poison.
We have to reclaim these natural hormone balancers and fight back against the many ways our hormones are under assault every day.
I’ll show you the simple, safe, natural, and effective strategies that will help you feel better and help your body cope, without all those nasty pharmaceuticals.
Come join me on my weight loss journey! I’d love to have you along!
Have an awesome day!
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Dick and Lenay
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