You’re killing yourself at the gym, and the weight is not coming off. Or, you have a “meno” belly that you just can’t shake no matter how many sit-ups you do. Nothing is working and you are at the brink of frustration. We may have some answers for you — you may be a victim of the dreaded hormonal weight gain. And we’re here to help!
First things first: If you think you are experiencing a hormonal imbalance, we recommend consulting with your doctor. They’re the professionals and have tests to help you identify any hormonal imbalances you may have.
But if you’re struggling with hormonal weight gain, it’s important to remember that hope is not lost and there are steps you can take to shed those unwanted pounds.
We must warn you in advance that some lifestyle changes may be necessary to get you where you want to go. But it’s ok! Baby steps!
With that being said, here are 6 ways you can combat hormonal weight gain…
1. Build Those Muscles
As women age, they lose muscle mass and their estrogen levels drop, which can lead to hormonal imbalances. This hormonal shift causes a low sex drive and energy levels, among other things. Research has shown that exercise can help balance female hormones by improving insulin sensitivity and decreasing insulin resistance. Strength training, in particular, has been found to be highly effective in combating hormonal weight gain. Especially for women going through perimenopause or menopause.
2. Choose “Good” vs. “Bad” Carbs
We would never suggest that you stop eating carbs — some carbs are good for you! The key word being some. But you should avoid foods that cause insulin resistance – sugary snacks, fast food and other ultra-processed delights. Aim to eat carbs that are low glycemic and high in fiber. Think “good” carbs like whole grains, fruits and vegetables. However, we’re all entitled to a cheat day! When you just have to have those sugary snacks or some fresh French fries, you can take some Carb Cut Complete beforehand to help you block your body’s absorption of and cravings for carbs.
3. Get Enough Sleep
Sleep deprivation disrupts your hormone balance and causes your blood sugar levels to increase. It also makes your body produce more cortisol…(if you don’t know what cortisol does to the body, keep reading!). This all results in…you guessed it — weight gain. Aim for at least seven to nine hours of quality sleep every night. If you struggle to fall asleep, a natural sleep aid will help (and this natural sleep aid has ingredients to help you burn fat while you sleep — win-win!).
4. Don’t Stress Out
When your stress levels are high, the stress hormone cortisol can increase too much and result in weight gain. Cortisol isn’t bad when levels are balanced. But if left unchecked, it can cause all sorts of issues like high blood sugar, increased belly fat, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and muscle loss. But there are simple things to help manage your stress levels, such as practicing mindfulness, meditating, yoga and getting plenty of quality sleep.
5. Balance Hormones the Natural Way
Luckily, hormones can easily be balanced with a little help from Mother Nature. Specific ingredients like ashwagandha, B vitamins, zinc, shatavari, maca root, damiana, epimedium and tribulus are all shown to help balance hormonal fluctuations. They regulate weight and impact your sexual health and overall female vitality. Inno Drive: For Her has all of the above! And it’s doctor recommended! So if you’re looking to balance your hormones to ignite healthy and sustainable weight loss — look no more!