• How to Decrease Stress Hormones For Weight Loss and Better Health.

    How You Can Decrease Stress Hormone Levels

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    If you are wondering how to decrease stress hormones for weight loss and ultimately better health, you are in the right place. It’s likely you are concerned about high cortisol or possibly adrenal fatigue or imbalanced hormones in general. All of these are factors to be considered. For the record, I have personally experienced ALL of these issues- and will address them either in this post or will link to another post/video for you so you can get some next steps and help. 

    The good news is that while hormones and attaining hormone balance is not easy or fast, it is absolutely doable and is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED because, oh my goodness your life can be remarkably better once you DO achieve better hormonal balance.

    Further, when you are dealing with elevated stress hormones, you can likely encounter a myriad of physical and mental symptoms that can dampen every area of your life. In this post, I’ll address how you can decrease stress hormones by making lifestyle changes, dietary changes and being proactive in the future to prevent future issues. Let’s get started. 


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    In the crazy cadence of everyday modern life, stress has become an unwelcome companion for many of us.  It creeps into our lives, infiltrating our minds and bodies, and wreaking havoc on our state of mind.

    Little bitch.

    What makes stress such a formidable adversary? Why does it possess the power to disrupt our equilibrium and compromise our health?

    Stress hormones like cortisol in particular have a profound impact on our physiological and psychological functioning. This is why lowering cortisol has become such a hot topic for so many of us recently. Everyone is talking about cortisol but few really understand how it works. 

    Imagine your body as a finely tuned orchestra (oh yea, that metaphor is back!), with each system harmonizing to maintain musical equilibrium.

    Now, picture stress as the off-key note that throws the entire symphony into  total freak-out mode.

    When faced with any perceived threat or challenge, our body initiates a cascade of physiological responses, collectively known as the “stress response”. Cortisol is often dubbed the “stress hormone.” Produced by our adrenal glands, it is a potent force, mobilizing energy reserves, sharpening your focus, and priming the body for action.

    This response can be life-saving when necessary, enabling us to confront danger or navigate demanding situations with heightened vigilance.

    The reality is, it’s not often we are faced with such life-threatening situations. It’s more often that we are faced with day-to-day stressors, and our body tends to react in the same manner.

    It is when stress becomes chronic or continues unabated, cortisol lingers in the bloodstream, exerting a corrosive influence on our health.

    The insidious effects of chronic stress permeate every facet of our being, creating a devastating toll on both mind and body.

    Prolonged exposure to elevated levels of cortisol can wreak havoc on our cardiovascular system, increasing the risk of hypertension, heart disease, and stroke.

    When my cortisol was at its highest, I would get so exhausted every day, precisely at 4pm I would literally feel like I was coming down with the flu. I’d collapse on the couch and was completely unable to work. Then the next day after a good night of sleep I’d be “reset” and able to work for half a day until that fatigue hit me again. Horrible cycle!

    How did I get there? Truthfully, it was a combination of being a workaholic and also being so concerned with losing weight that I was overtraining and over-dieting. I was pushing my body too hard and was in constant fight-or-flight mode. Something had to give. I think a lot of you reading this post are probably in the same boat. And guess what– all that pushing myself– I could not lose weight. Go figure.

    Our immune system doesn’t fare much better. Under the nonstop assault of stress hormones, we become more susceptible to infections and sickness.

    Beyond its physical manifestations, stress casts a long shadow over our mental well-being, fueling anxiety and exacerbating mood disorders. The relentless churn of worries and concerns erodes our resilience, leaving us vulnerable to burnout and emotional exhaustion.

    Have you been there? I know I have.

    Amidst the grim prognosis, there is hope. The journey to stress reduction begins with awareness and intentionality.

    By acknowledging the detrimental effects of stress on our health, we empower ourselves to take proactive steps towards restoration and resilience.

    Through mindfulness practices, relaxation techniques, and lifestyle modifications, we can recalibrate our own stress response and cultivate a greater sense of equilibrium.

    I  really encourage you to embark on a transformative journey for yourself if you recognize that your stress is affecting your health, because it can really only get worse. But the GREAT thing is, YOU CAN MAKE IT GET BETTER AND BETTER!!


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    I’m sure you know by now that stress is far more than just a mental strain—it’s a physiological phenomenon with serious negative implications on our health.

    What’s going on in our head ultimately becomes SYMPTOMS. I know this to be true. 

    Our body responds to stress via its “stress hormones”. . These biochemical messengers, including cortisol and adrenaline, orchestrate a symphony (there’s that crazy metaphor again but it’s really the most apropos way to illustrate hormone stuff!) of reactions intended to prepare us for perceived threats. When triggered by stress, these hormones initiate a cascade of responses, from heightened alertness to increased heart rate, all geared towards survival.

    Have you ever found yourself in an argument and experienced an elevated heart rate or found yourself breathing all in your upper chest so that you had to ‘catch your breath’? This is what we are talking about. I have learned the hard way that there are toxic PEOPLE and toxic TOPICS that – as a woman with C-PTSD, I need to avoid at all costs. If I don’t, I end up having major elevated breathing, almost to the point of a panic attack. And this leads to a migraine. Which leads me to being in bed for 3 days. NOT worth it. 

    You see how stress can, in extreme cases, REALLY throw you for a loop? This is real stuff people. 

    Want to read a fascinating book– check out The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van der Kolk. Also Healing Happens With Your Help, by Carol Ritberger. 

    As we discussed above, prolonged exposure to elevated levels of stress hormones can have detrimental effects on both the mind and the body. Chronic stress disrupts the delicate balance of our endocrine system, leading to imbalances in hormone production and regulation. This dysregulation can manifest in a myriad of ways, from digestive disturbances to immune suppression.

    Often, the impact of stress results in psychological consequences such as anxiety and mood disorders as well.

    In order for us to effectively manage our stress and truly get healthy and FEEL well again, we need to understand how these stress hormones work and work with each other. The better we understand how these biochemical signals influence both our physiology and psychology, the better decisions we can make around stress management and reduction.

    What Are the Effects of CHRONIC STRESS?

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    Chronic stress can take a significant toll on physical health, ESPECIALLY in terms of cardiovascular disease.

    When your body is under constant stress, it releases stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, which can lead to elevated blood pressure and increased heart rate over time.

    No bueno.

    These physiological changes can contribute to the development of cardiovascular issues such as hypertension, heart disease, and even stroke.

    Ladies. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in this country. This is not something to ignore.

    By managing stress levels effectively, individuals can reduce the strain on their cardiovascular system and lower their risk of these serious conditions.

    Another consequence of chronic stress is a weakened immune system. When the body is in a constant state of stress, it becomes less efficient at fighting off infections and illnesses. This can leave individuals more susceptible to colds, flu, and other common ailments.

    Chronic stress has also been linked to increased inflammation in the body, which is associated with a range of chronic health conditions. By reducing stress levels, individuals can support their immune system and improve their overall resilience to illness. Check out this post I published on how to lower your inflammation naturally…when I first met with my functional medicine doctor, I recall her saying that her TOP priorities for me were to address my insulin resistance and my inflammation. (Why? Heart disease)

    In addition to physical health impacts, chronic stress can also take a significant toll on mental well-being. Anxiety disorders, characterized by excessive worry and fear, are common among individuals experiencing chronic stress. The constant strain of stress can overwhelm the brain’s ability to cope, leading to persistent feelings of anxiety and panic.

    Similarly, chronic stress has been linked to depression, a mood disorder characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and loss of interest in activities.

    Furthermore, prolonged exposure to stress hormones can impair cognitive function, leading to difficulties with concentration, memory, and decision-making. By addressing chronic stress and implementing strategies for stress reduction, individuals can protect their mental health and enhance their overall cognitive function.


    What is the role of STRESS HORMONES in our body?

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    Cortisol plays a HUGELY important role in the body’s stress response system. Often referred to as the “stress hormone,” cortisol is released in response to perceived threats or challenges, triggering a cascade of physiological reactions designed to prepare the body for action.

    In times of acute stress, cortisol mobilizes energy reserves, sharpens focus, and enhances alertness to help individuals cope with the immediate threat. However, when stress becomes chronic or persistent, cortisol levels can stay elevated for extended periods, leading to a range of negative effects on the body.

    Chronically high levels of cortisol have been linked to increased inflammation, impaired immune function, and hormone imbalance, contributing to a variety of health issues such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

    Adrenaline, (also known as epinephrine), is another key player in the body’s stress response. Like cortisol, adrenaline is released in response to stressors, rapidly mobilizing the body’s resources to cope with the perceived threat.

    When adrenaline is released, it triggers a surge in heart rate, blood pressure, and energy levels, preparing the body for immediate action.

    This “fight or flight” response is essential for survival in dangerous situations, allowing individuals to react quickly and effectively to potential threats. However, prolonged activation of the adrenaline response can lead to chronic stress and associated health problems, including increased risk of heart disease, hypertension, and anxiety disorders.

    Overall, stress hormones play a crucial role in the body’s response to stress, helping to mobilize resources and adapt to challenging situations. However, when stress becomes chronic or overwhelming, the constant activation of the stress response can have detrimental effects on physical and mental health. By understanding the role of cortisol and adrenaline in the body’s stress response system, individuals can take steps to manage stress effectively and minimize its impact on their overall well-being.

    Bottom line is– we don’t even realize it, but in our modern world, we are reacting to daily stressors with “fight or flight” reactions without even realizing it. We get “stressed out” over money problems, job problems, relationship problems, deadlines, traffic, kids, neighbors, barking dogs, you name it…..we are a stressed OUT society and typically– we are NOT a society focused on CHILLING OUT. 

    In other words, we are doing a lot of freaking our bodies out and not a lot of calming them down. We need to flip the switch on that and doing so will get our health and our future back on the right track.

    Holistic Approaches to Reduce Stress Hormones

    Now comes what I call the fun part. How do we start healing our stressed out lives? Speaking from experience, I can tell you that paying attention to your lifestyle and diet and becoming more and more self-aware of your habits, reactions, behaviors etc. is key and will serve you well. And if you read these options below and think- while rolling your eyes, “Oh my GOSH, how is some deep breathing going to help MY anxiety??? I’m too busy for this stuff!!!!”– well, that tells me right there, you are too busy and too stressed NOT to make time for this. And I can say that it’s when you are thinking like that — that’s when life will typically MAKE YOU SLOW DOWN. I recall that I got soooo close to adrenal burnout my doctor told me “Kelly you are about to land in the hospital if you don’t SLOW DOWN and start RESTING and taking breaks!”– 

    I started listening. I HOPE YOU DO!

    Holistic Approaches to Reduce Stress Hormones:

    Mindfulness and Meditation:

    Deep Breathing Exercises: Deep breathing techniques, such as diaphragmatic breathing or belly breathing, help activate the body’s relaxation response, reducing levels of stress hormones like cortisol and promoting a sense of calm. 

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    Guided Imagery: Visualization exercises guided by a trained practitioner can help individuals create mental images that evoke relaxation and reduce stress.

    Body Scan Techniques: Body scan meditation involves systematically focusing attention on different parts of the body, helping to increase awareness of bodily sensations and promote relaxation.

    Regular Exercise Routine:

    Cardiovascular Activities:

    Aerobic exercises like jogging, walking, swimming, or cycling can help reduce stress hormones and improve mood by increasing endorphin levels, also known as “feel-good” hormones. I’d recommend keeping your cardio on the lower impact like swimming or walking.

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    Strength Training: Resistance training exercises, such as weightlifting or bodyweight exercises, can help reduce stress hormones and promote a sense of empowerment and control.

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    Yoga and Pilates: These mind-body practices combine physical movement with breath awareness and mindfulness, helping to reduce stress hormones and improve flexibility, strength, and overall well-being. I’ve talked about how much I am loving TheClass.com for yoga right now. It’s a totally unique approach to yoga — they have traditional yoga classes but they are known for “The Class” which is more a twist on yoga that includes I’m going to call it like somatic movement with some cardio-ish movement and a lot of mindfulness thrown in and FANTASTIC MUSIC and will you work your core and glutes every time? oh yes!! Plus they. have meditation and breathwork…they have classes by the TIME, so if you want to choose a class by 15 minutes or 30 minutes or 1 hour or 1 and a half hours or by TYPE of class or by instructor…..I’m in love. They have a free trial where you can test them out for a MONTH – that’s what I did. I think they are the bomb, the women who teach the classes I’m hoping to interview on the podcast coming up they are so…..just have so much to teach about being mindful and fluid and centered. Every class I do, I am more of my future self. Check out TheClass.com and try out their free trial. 

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    Healthy Diet Choices:

    Balanced Nutritional Intake: Consuming a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats provides essential nutrients that support overall health and help regulate stress hormones.

    Limiting Caffeine and Sugar: Excessive consumption of caffeine and sugar can lead to spikes and crashes in blood sugar levels, contributing to feelings of stress and anxiety. Limiting intake can help stabilize energy levels and promote a more balanced mood.

    Incorporating Stress-reducing Foods: Certain foods, such as fatty fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, dark leafy greens, and foods high in antioxidants, can help reduce inflammation and lower levels of stress hormones in the body.

    Adequate Sleep Hygiene:

    Establishing a Bedtime Routine: Creating a consistent bedtime routine signals to the body that it’s time to wind down and prepare for sleep, helping to reduce stress hormones and improve sleep quality.

    Creating a Relaxing Sleep Environment: Optimizing the sleep environment by minimizing noise, light, and distractions can promote relaxation and help reduce levels of stress hormones before bedtime.

    Prioritizing Restful Sleep: Prioritizing sufficient and restful sleep is essential for regulating stress hormones, supporting overall health, and promoting resilience to stressors in daily life.walking


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    If you liked this post and want to learn more, you’ll probably want to check out these posts. How to Reduce Inflammation Naturally.  Blog: How Much Protein Do Women Need? Blog: How to Reset Female Hormones to Lose Weight. BLOG: How to stop hormonal weight gain. Want to reduce inflammation with the KETO Diet? Grab my FREE Keto Kwik Start Guide. Take that up a notch with my Keto Cookbook just $9.95, it’s got all the great low-carb recipes I still make every week, the ones that helped me lose 36 inches and 34lbs!!


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  • How to Stop Hormonal Weight Gain. Can You Reset Your Female Hormones Naturally?

    How to Stop Hormonal Weight Gain Naturally.

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    Wondering how to stop hormonal weight gain? Aren’t we all? I’m sure you know you aren’t alone! 

    Girl please!

    Today’s post is a follow up, or a part 2 to the post I shared earlier this week, “How to Reset Female Hormones to Lose Weight”. You might want to skip over there and read that post first, or you can of course check it out after you read this post. That post was covering more of the medical approaches to how we can balance our hormones to encourage weight loss and prevent hormonal weight gain. 

    In today’s post I’ll be covering more lifestyle changes we should be making that can greatly enhance the medical approaches we take and sometimes, the lifestyle approaches can on their own make a significant impact on your health. That said, I’d be remiss if I didn’t state that I’m a firm FIRM believer in combining BOTH approaches together. Lifestyle changes and natural/holistic solutions with bio identical hormonal therapy prescribed by a doctor. 

    So, if you are frustrated by hormonal weight gain and ready to learn about some lifestyle changes you can incorporate to stop hormonal weight gain from continuing…Let’s talk. 

    How do hormones affect weight loss?

    When people describe our hormones, they often use the metaphor of an orchestra and it’s appropriate. These incredible molecules, including insulin, cortisol, leptin, and ghrelin, orchestrate everything from hunger signals to energy expenditure. When this delicate hormonal dance is disrupted—by stress, inadequate sleep, or poor nutrition—our weight loss efforts will hit a major roadblock. 

    When our hormones are out of whack, it’s like trying to navigate through a bad storm without a compass.

    Chronic stress, erratic sleep patterns, and unhealthy dietary habits can all throw our hormones into disarray, wreaking havoc on our metabolism and making weight management feel like an uphill battle.

    I have SO BEEN THERE.

    But don’t freak out, because by identifying the CAUSES of hormonal imbalance, we can implement targeted interventions to restore equilibrium. This sets us on the path to sustainable weight loss and vibrant health. As I discussed in my last post, it’s not always a simple and fast path, but it’s DOABLE and so worth it. 

    Lifestyle Changes for Hormonal Health

    Nutritional Strategies for Hormone Health

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    Fueling our bodies with the right nutrients is key to nurturing hormonal balance.

    We’re talking about striking a harmonious balance of macronutrients—protein, carbohydrates, and fats—to stabilize blood sugar levels and support optimal hormone production.

    Additionally, incorporating hormone-supportive foods rich in fiber, antioxidants, and healthy fats can further bolster our endocrine system, promoting efficient hormone regulation.

    We can’t forget the importance of meal timing; maintaining regular eating intervals helps regulate hunger hormones and prevents erratic spikes and crashes in energy levels. This is probably a good time to re-think hard-core fasting or potentially even intermittent fasting– depending on the state of your hormones. You want to think about food in terms of NURTURING your body vs. thinking of “how can I deprive my body to lose weight?” as you might have done in the past. 

    I’d be very remiss if I didn’t share at this point that a huge lifestyle nutrition change that I personally did – with the nudge of my functional medicine doctor was to go keto – to address my insulin resistance. When she first started seeing me I recall her telling me (when I asked “Please please tell me you can help me to lose weight!!!) “it’s not your thyroid that’s the problem, it’s your insulin and inflammation”. She gave me a keto-ish plan to follow and I was VERY RELUCTANT– I was so skeptical about keto and was frankly embarrassed to try it. I’m so glad I got over myself and did it. I ended up losing 36 inches and 34lbs at a healthy rate of about 1-1.5lbs a week. And kept the weight off staying keto for about a year and a half. 

    At the bottom of the post here I’ll link to a lot more blogs and videos on my YouTube channel about my Keto experience and I also have a Keto Cookbook filled with the recipes that helped me lose the weight– heck we still make these recipes to this day on a regular basis. And if you want to go keto but are confused about the “rules” or how to do it right, I have a Keto Bootcamp online video course— where I teach you everything I learned so you don’t have to figure it out on your own. (Just $35.95 you can click here for Kelly’s Keto Bootcamp course! Hope it helps!)

    Managing STRESS to Balance Hormones

    Chronic stress isn’t just a buzzkill for our mood; it’s also a major disruptor of hormonal harmony. Implementing stress management techniques such as mindfulness meditation, deep breathing exercises, and progressive muscle relaxation can work wonders in reducing cortisol levels and promoting overall well-being. 

    I do my meditation every morning now sitting in front of my red light machine and I use TheClass.com for guided meditation. It’s wonderful. (Click my link and try them out free for 30 days, that’s what I did and became obsessed!)

    Prioritizing quality sleep is another non-negotiable component of stress management, as insufficient sleep can wreak havoc on our cortisol levels and sabotage our weight loss efforts.

    And while we’re at it, let’s not overlook the impact of excessive caffeine and alcohol consumption, both of which can exacerbate stress responses and throw our hormones out of whack.

    NOTE: I typed EXCESSIVE. That doesn’t mean “no coffee”. Ha! I have 1-2 cups of great coffee a day. And I do have diet soda (yes judge me all you want that’s my treat and I will not quit). So I am not 100% caffeine free, but I drink water during the day all day. Excessive = drinking double shot cappuccinos all day plus Red Bulls and sodas ….well, you get the idea. Too much is just too much. 

    Regular Exercise for Hormone Balance

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    Working out regularly is like a magic elixir for hormonal health, exerting profound effects on metabolism and mood regulation.

    I think this is obvious.

    Cardiovascular exercises, such as brisk walking or cycling, stimulate the release of endorphins—our body’s natural feel-good chemicals—while also helping to regulate stress hormones like cortisol.

    Strength training, on the other hand, not only builds lean muscle mass but also enhances insulin sensitivity, leading to improved hormone utilization and metabolic efficiency.

    And let’s not forget about the zen-inducing powers of yoga and Pilates, which not only strengthen our bodies but also promote relaxation and stress reduction, fostering hormonal equilibrium in the process.

    If I can recommend one thing, focus on LESS CARDIO above all else, especially if you are a former cardio addict like me– it’s likely more destructive to your hormones at this point and won’t do a thing for your weight loss, just accept that. 

    Focus on strength training and walking and if you can also do some yoga you are in optimal land!!

    Supplementation for Hormone Balance

    While a balanced diet lays the foundation for hormonal health, sometimes our bodies need a little extra support in the form of supplements. Essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin D, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids play crucial roles in hormone synthesis and regulation, supporting overall endocrine function. Incorporating herbal supplements like Vitex (Chaste Tree Berry), Maca Root, and Ashwagandha can further enhance hormonal balance, offering natural alternatives to support our well-being. What supplements are you currently taking on a daily basis? 

    Mind-Body Approaches to Hormone Balance

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    In our quest for hormonal harmony, it also makes perfect sense to explore holistic mind-body approaches that can address the root causes of imbalance. 

    Practices like acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can help restore energy flow and balance within the body, promoting optimal hormonal function. 

    Similarly, Ayurveda—a traditional system of medicine from India—offers personalized approaches to wellness through herbal remedies, dietary modifications, and lifestyle interventions tailored to individual constitutional types. 

    And let’s not overlook the power of psychotherapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which can provide invaluable support in managing stress, reframing negative thought patterns, and promoting emotional well-being—all crucial components of hormonal balance.

    Which ones of these have you tried? I’m currently seeing a therapist and doing CBT and have already done a TON of reading on Ayurveda, and I’ve had acupuncture 2x but want to get into a regular practice. I’m told it can be insanely beneficial. Stay tuned as I investigate this personally!

    As we wrap up our exploration of hormonal balance and weight loss, I want to leave you with a message of empowerment and possibility.  Don’t be discouraged by the changes in your body. It’s easy to do that. 

    By embracing lifestyle changes, incorporating exercise routines, exploring supplementation, and embracing mind-body approaches, we have the power to reclaim control over our hormonal health and unlock the vibrant vitality that resides within each of us. Combining this with the power of a comprehensive bio-identical hormonal replacement therapy plan prescribed by a functional medicine doctor can forever change your future and make the decades ahead be the BEST years of your life! For real!

    So here’s to honoring our bodies, nurturing our spirits, and embarking on a journey of self-discovery and transformation—one hormone at a time. Cheers to the incredible women we are and the even more phenomenal women we’re becoming. Here’s to us! 🌟

    But Wait, There's MORE!

    But Wait Theres More

    If you would like to continue learning more about hormonal balance and related topics– here are some appropriate links for you. Here is the link to the preceding post How to Reset Hormones to Lose Weight. Video: Does Keto Really Work For Women Over 40? Blog: Hypothyroidism and Losing Weight. Blog: The Best Insulin Resistance Meal Plan For Weight Loss. My Keto Kwik Start Guide (FREE DOWNLOAD!) My Keto Cookbook! (Just $9.95) and Kelly’s Keto Bootcamp Course! 


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  • How to Reset Female Hormones to Lose Weight. Don’t Learn The Hard Way!

    Can You Reset Female Hormones to Lose Weight?

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    If you’ve asked the question, how to reset female hormones to lose weight, I know exactly what you’re thinking. And feeling. I’ve been there. You are in the midst of hormone imbalance, you’ve gained weight and can’t seem to lose it and all you can think of is that you need to figure out how to reset your (female) hormones to lose the weight. Am I right?

    I’ve been there. When our bodies change and it feels like we aren’t the ones “driving the bus”, it is FRUSTRATING to say the least.

    But, fear not, I will explain a LOT in this post.

    I’ll share a boatload of information- data that I didn’t have back when I was trying to understand why MY body was fighting all my weight loss efforts. 

    When you gain clarity around what’s happening inside of your body, you’ll find it easier to make decisions that will pay off for you in the future. Information is power- and once we remo
    ve all the emotion, focus on the information, make solid decisions about our bodies….well, the future looks a LOT brighter.

    Trust me on that one. Let’s get started with the learning, shall we?

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    The Impact of Hormonal Imbalance on Weight Management

    Hormones are the unsung conductors orchestrating our bodily functions. But when the symphony goes awry, it’s not just our mood swings that suffer—our waistlines take a major hit too. Hormonal imbalance can wreak havoc on weight management, turning even the most disciplined diet and exercise regimen into a futile battle against stubborn pounds.

    I‘m guessing you’ve picked up on that by now.

    Picture this: Your thyroid, the metabolic maestro, decides to go on strike. Suddenly, your body’s energy furnace sputters, leaving you feeling sluggish and more prone to weight gain than ever. Meanwhile, hormonal hiccups in insulin production can send your blood sugar levels on a rollercoaster ride, triggering cravings for sugary treats that sabotage your slim-down efforts. We’ll be talking a whole LOT about the significance of insulin resistance and how common a problem this is with women in perimenopause and menopause going forward. 

    But it’s not all doom and gloom. Understanding the intricacies of hormonal harmony is the first step toward reclaiming control over your physique. By mastering the art of how to reset female hormones to lose weight, you can recalibrate your body’s internal mechanisms to work in your favor. It’s not easy, it’s not necessarily a FAST process, but it’s doable and the results are SO WORTH IT. Your future ahead can be divine and I’m not exaggerating. Tune in to learn more.

    From tweaking your diet to incorporating stress-busting techniques like meditation and yoga, there’s a plethora of strategies at your disposal. By addressing the root cause of hormonal imbalance, you can finally bid farewell to the weight loss rollercoaster and embrace a healthier, happier you.

    Understanding the Role of Hormones in Weight Loss

    Hormones—the devious little chemical messengers—are like the puppet masters pulling the strings behind the scenes in our bodies. When it comes to shedding stubborn pounds, they play a starring role. Understanding the intricate dance of hormones in weight loss is like deciphering a cryptic code—it’s complex, but oh-so-rewarding once you crack it.

    This is precisely why weight loss is NEVER just as simple as caloric deficit, no matter how much some psychos on the internet will beat that drum about “the laws of thermodynamics”. This is the law of HORMONES.

    At the heart of the matter lies the delicate balance of our endocrine system. When this equilibrium is disrupted, it can throw a wrench in our weight loss efforts faster than you can say “calorie counting.” Take cortisol, for example—our body’s built-in stress hormone. When levels soar due to chronic stress, it can send our hormones into a tailspin, leading to increased appetite and fat storage, particularly around the midsection. 

    Does this ring familiar in your situation?

    Then there’s leptin and ghrelin, the dynamic duo responsible for regulating hunger and satiety signals. But when these hormones get out of whack—hello, midnight snack cravings! And let’s not forget about insulin, the gatekeeper of glucose. When insulin resistance rears its ugly head, it can derail even the most disciplined diet plans.

    Remember what I said above about the importance of insulin resistance? 

    But fear not! Armed with the right knowledge and strategies on how to reset female hormones to lose weight, you can take back control of your body and kick those unwanted pounds to the curb for good. It’s time to show those hormones who’s boss!

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    What are the signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance in women?

    It is so common for women to ignore so many of these symptoms of hormonal imbalance. 

    1. -Weight Gain and Difficulty Losing Weight
      – Irregular Menstrual Cycles
      – Fatigue and Low Energy Levels
      – Mood Swings and Irritability
      -Adult Acne
      -Low Libido
      -Brain Fog

    Too often women ignore all these signs and symptoms and blame them on anything else but hormones. Often, they’ll try over-the-counter remedies hoping these symptoms will go away or diminish but what typically happens is, they worsen or, others appear in addition. The key is to be self-aware enough to know that once we hit the age of 30 or 35, it’s likely that our hormones are changing significantly enough that it’s time to start paying attention and not avoid the inevitable. It’s time to address hormone balance because the sooner we do, the better our future is!

    The importance of Hormone Testing

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    Perhaps you’ve been feeling OFF lately—like your body’s playing a cruel game of tug-of-war with your energy levels and emotions.

    And then, there’s the frustrating weight gain that just won’t budge, no matter how many kale salads you choke down.

    What’s the answer?

    GIRL. Get your hormones checked!!! Hormone testing—your ticket to unlocking the mystery behind your body’s stubborn refusal to shed those unwanted pounds.

    When hormones are out of tune, chaos ensues. Hormone testing provides a snapshot of your body’s internal data and pinpoints any discordant notes. This is how your doctor can see EXACTLY what is causing your symptoms and problems and start designing a blueprint to solve the concerns!

    Think of it as your body’s version of a check-up—a deep dive into the inner workings of your endocrine system to uncover any lurking imbalances. Armed with this crucial intel, you can tailor your approach to how to reset female hormones to lose weight with laser precision.

    But here’s the kicker: traditional weight loss tactics like crash diets and endless hours on the treadmill won’t cut it if you’re battling a hormone imbalance.

    TRUST ME I KNOW FROM EXPERIENCE!! Don’t try to fight this — it’s true!!

    It’s like trying to fix a leaky faucet without first shutting off the water supply—it’s a losing battle from the get-go.

    So, do yourself a favor and invest in a little hormone testing TLC. Your body—and your sanity—will thank you later.

    You must recognize that this process is going to be a long-term investment and that it’s worth it. Be willing to hit pause on immediate results, be willing to invest in treating your body as a temple. Be willing to go the distance. I assure you, this will all come together and you will look and feel better than ever before. 

    What’s the alternative? Continuing to do endless hours of cardio and fasting for extra days and trying new crash diets? 


    Been there, done that, didn’t work for me and I bet it’s not working for you. 

    Let’s move on.

    The Difference Between an OB/GYN and a Functional Medicine Doctor

    Alright, let’s break it down: Functional medicine doctors versus OB/GYNs—two heavy hitters in the realm of women’s health, but with vastly different approaches to the game.


    First off, let’s talk turf. OB/GYNs are the OGs of reproductive health, specializing in all things uterus-related—from prenatal care and childbirth to menstrual disorders and fertility treatments. They’re your go-to gurus for all things baby-making.


    Enter the wildcard: functional medicine doctors. These renegades take a holistic approach to wellness, digging deep to uncover the root cause of your health woes rather than just slapping a Band-Aid on symptoms. They’re like detectives, sleuthing through your body’s biochemical pathways to uncover clues about your health.


    So, what sets them apart? Think of it this way: OB/GYNs are like mechanics specializing in a specific make and model of car—fixing what’s broken and keeping things running smoothly within their wheelhouse. Functional medicine doctors, on the other hand, are more like master mechanics, trained to troubleshoot issues that might be lurking under the hood and affecting your overall performance.


    When it comes to conquering hormonal havoc and tackling issues like hormone imbalance, both have their strengths. OB/GYNs are pros at diagnosing and treating conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis, while functional medicine doctors excel at uncovering underlying factors like gut health and nutritional deficiencies that might be throwing your hormones out of whack.


    So, whether you’re battling infertility or struggling to shed those stubborn pounds, having both an OB/GYN and a functional medicine doctor in your corner might just be the winning combo you need to come out on top.

    My best advice for you is to research a doctor in your area who provides treatment for women with hormonal imbalance and offers bio-identical hormonal replacement treatment. You might luck out like I did with my doctor- Dr. Shawn Tassone (who I highly recommend, he does telemedicine and is based in Austin. TX) and find one who is both OB/GYN and functional medicine. I found the best thing to do is READ GOOGLE REVIEWS as well!!! 😉 

    The Benefits of Bio-Identical Hormonal Replacement Therapy

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    Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) has been gaining traction as a game-changer in the realm of hormonal health. I’ve personally been on bio-identical hormones since 2015 and I recommend it to every woman I know. 

    But what exactly is it, and why all the hype? 

    Tune in as I dive deep into the benefits of BHRT and why it might just be the secret weapon you’ve been searching for in your quest to conquer your own hormone imbalance.

    Ok, let’s talk terminology. Unlike conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which uses synthetic hormones (yikky) derived from sources like pregnant mare urine (yes, you read that right), BHRT takes a more natural approach. 

    Bioidentical hormones are derived from plant sources and are structurally identical to the hormones your body produces—think of them as a personalized hormone cocktail tailored to your body’s unique needs.

    Which option sounds better to YOU?

    Now, onto the good stuff: the benefits. First up on the list? Symptom relief. Whether you’re battling hot flashes, mood swings, or sleep disturbances, BHRT can help restore balance to your body’s hormonal symphony, providing much-needed relief from the rollercoaster ride of hormone imbalance.

    But wait, there’s more. BHRT isn’t just about alleviating pesky symptoms—it’s also about optimizing your overall health and vitality. By restoring hormonal balance, BHRT can help improve bone density, protect against heart disease, and even enhance cognitive function.

    And let’s not forget about everyone’s favorite topic: aging. As we age, our hormone levels naturally decline, leaving us feeling like shadows of our former selves. But fear not! BHRT can help turn back the clock, revitalizing your energy levels, libido, and zest for life.

    One of the most appealing aspects of BHRT? Its personalized approach. Unlike one-size-fits-all treatments, BHRT is completely tailored to your own unique hormonal profile, ensuring that you get exactly what your body needs—no more, no less. How is this done? By you getting comprehensive bloodwork done first, then your doctor analyzes the bloodwork and prescribes compounded hormones based on the bloodwork. 

    So, whether you’re struggling with the symptoms of menopause, battling the effects of aging, or simply looking to optimize your health and vitality, BHRT might just be the answer you’ve been searching for. Say goodbye to hormone imbalance and hello to a happier, healthier you with the power of bioidentical hormones.

    Options for Hypothyroidism

    When it comes to battling the sluggishness and weight gain that often accompany hypothyroidism, thyroid medications are the cavalry charging in to save the day. But what exactly are these magical pills, and how do they work their mojo? Let’s break it down.

    First off, let’s talk about thyroid basics. Your thyroid gland is the unsung hero of your endocrine system, churning out hormones like thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) that regulate everything from your metabolism to your mood. But when your thyroid decides to hit the snooze button and slack off—cue the dreaded hypothyroidism.

    I have hypothyroidism and have for YEARS. But I have also managed, with the guidance of my awesome doctor, to now get it to the point where it’s not getting in my way. This is why you get yourself a solid functional medicine doctor and don’t try to guess-work this stuff yourself. 

    Enter stage left: thyroid medications. These bad boys come in a variety of flavors, from synthetic T4 medications like levothyroxine to combo therapies that include both T4 and T3. The goal? To replace the hormones your thyroid gland isn’t producing enough of, effectively kicking your metabolism back into gear and banishing that brain fog once and for all.

    But here’s the kicker: finding the right thyroid medication is like playing a game of trial and error. What works for one person might not work for another, and it can take some tinkering to find the perfect fit. That’s where your doctor comes in, serving as your trusty guide on this hormone-fueled journey. It’s all about the right doctor. 

    Now, let’s talk about the benefits. When it comes to conquering the symptoms of hypothyroidism, thyroid medications are the golden ticket. Say goodbye to fatigue, hair loss, and that pesky weight gain that just won’t budge—these meds pack a powerful punch when it comes to restoring your energy levels and revving up your metabolism.

    But like any superhero, thyroid medications aren’t without their sidekicks. From heart palpitations and insomnia to hair thinning and muscle weakness, these meds can sometimes come with a laundry list of pesky side effects. But fear not! With careful monitoring and adjustments, your doctor can help you navigate the rocky waters of thyroid medication management.

    So, whether you’re battling the sluggishness of hypothyroidism or simply looking to optimize your thyroid health, thyroid medications might just be the key to unlocking a happier, healthier you. Say hello to newfound energy, vitality, and a metabolism that’s firing on all cylinders—thanks to the power of modern medicine.

    Insulin Resistance Treatment Options

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    How do I even get started on insulin resistance? This is a personal passion project of mine now. I have insulin resistance and now understand how many of us DO and how significant of an issue it is!! This can be a SERIOUS beast of an obstacle when it comes to weight loss ladies……


    When it comes to tackling the beast known as insulin resistance, the arsenal of treatments is as diverse as it is effective. From cutting-edge medications to tried-and-true lifestyle interventions, there’s no shortage of options for reclaiming control over your metabolic health.

    Let’s start with the heavy hitters: medications like semaglutide and tirzepatide. These groundbreaking drugs (peptides) work by mimicking the effects of incretin hormones, which help regulate blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity. Think of them as your body’s personal cheerleaders, rallying your cells to respond more effectively to insulin and keeping those blood sugar spikes in check.

    But perhaps the most buzzworthy treatment on the block? Enter: the keto diet. This high-fat, low-carb eating plan has taken the health world by storm, and for good reason. By slashing carbs and ramping up your fat intake, you can train your body to burn fat for fuel instead of relying on glucose—a game-changer when it comes to improving insulin sensitivity and reversing insulin resistance.

    In case you didn’t know, my functional medicine doctor told me to dive into keto to address my insulin resistance issues and I ended up BEGRUDGINGLY doing it, (because I was initially skeptical about keto) and I ended up losing 36 inches and 34 LBS on the keto diet approach. I have now helped dozens of other women lose weight using my keto approach, and have published a KETO COOKBOOK full of low-carb keto recipes that I still make on a weekly basis. Keto works my friends!!! If you want to learn how to do keto the right way– sign up now for my Keto Bootcamp Course where I teach how to do Keto like I did. It’s a video taught course and you can seriously watch the videos probably in a day or 2 and be keto LIVE the next day! Just $35! You’re welcome! 

    And let’s not forget about everyone’s favorite topic: lifestyle changes. From hitting the gym to getting more shut-eye, there’s a whole host of tweaks you can make to your daily routine to support your metabolic health. Think: prioritizing sleep like it’s your job, squeezing in regular exercise sessions, and ditching processed foods in favor of whole, nutrient-dense fare.

    But wait, there’s more. When it comes to tackling insulin resistance, the devil is in the details. That means paying attention to the little things—like managing stress levels, staying hydrated, and getting plenty of fiber in your diet. These seemingly small adjustments can add up to big results when it comes to improving insulin sensitivity and supporting overall metabolic health.

    And last but not least, let’s talk about the elephant in the room: bioidentical hormones. While traditionally associated with menopause and hormone imbalance, these natural hormones are making waves in the world of insulin resistance. By optimizing your body’s hormonal balance, bioidentical hormones can help improve insulin sensitivity and support better blood sugar control—a win-win for your metabolic health.

    So, whether you’re exploring cutting-edge medications, diving headfirst into the world of the keto diet, or making small tweaks to your lifestyle, there’s no shortage of options when it comes to tackling insulin resistance. With a little determination and a whole lot of perseverance, you can take control of your metabolic health and kick insulin resistance to the curb once and for all. 

    That’s the way to do it. Living with insulin resistance ruling your life is no way to live. 

    Summing it all up....GET STARTED TODAY.

    In summary, I hope this post helped to explain the big picture of hormonal imbalance and how complicated it is. NOT that I want you to be confused or overwhelmed! But what I do hope you take out of this post is that this is not a situation for you to take on by yourself or for you to be “winging it” with. And that is what I see FAR TOO MANY WOMEN doing! Winging it.


    Stop doing that!

    The good news is, regardless of your age now, you can get started today by finding a good hormonal balance focused doctor who specializes in bio-identical hormone replacement treatment (that’s key), getting your bloodwork done and getting started on a comprehensive treatment customized for YOU. 

    I wish I could say “in 2 weeks you’ll be all better and have lost 20lbs!” — doesn’t work that way. No short cuts. This is not the fast track. This is the permanent track and it’s worth it. 

    You are worth it.

    But let me tell you- this is the track that when you invest in it, you age better, you feel better, you sleep better, you have more energy, your sex life improves, your fitness life improves, every area of your life improves!! Seriously. 

    Next post- I’ll cover Lifestyle Changes, Exercise and Supplements that will support the hormonal plan you’ll be investing in! Let me know what questions you have on any of this!! 

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