Three Mistakes Women Make When Tackling Hormonal Weight Gain

Updated: Jul 24

#Hormones #weightgain #perimenopause #menopause #midlife

Over the last 10 years, I’ve had the pleasure to work with a lot of women who struggle with hormonal weight gain. They’re smart, driven, wonderful women who do so many things right.

And you know what I’ve noticed? They are all making the same mistakes that are jopardizing their health and happiness.

So today, I want to discuss the three most common mistakes in the hopes that discussing them will help you recognize the behaviors in your own life! And offer some alternatives that just might feel a whole lot better!

Mistake #1…. You are in the dark about what's going on with your hormones.

Take charge and find out if your hormones are imbalanced. You will have to be your own advocate but there are many resources available. Most doctors don't find it helpful to test hormones because they are always fluctuating. I promise testing will make a huge difference in your lifestyle goals. Your efforts won't be effective unless you know if you are experiencing an imbalance. When estrogen decreases around perimenopause (remember this can start as early as your 30s) women may notice weight gain. Estrogen helps to regulate metabolism and body weight. If you are low or high there are holistic options for getting more balanced. This will also help balance and improve your mood. Talk to your doctor and other women that have already gone through it and find out what worked for them. If you would like other resources I’m happy to direct you to people that helped me.

Mistake #2…. Jumping from one fad diet to the next.

If you are like me, diet’s only set you up for failure. I LOVE food. I love growing it, experimenting with it and sharing it. Eat delicious satisfying food that will fuel your body and soul. Check out these three meal plans. One might resonate with you. The Low Carb, The Mediterranean and Vegetarian. You can call these “diets” but for me that’s just a very bad word!

Mistake #3….Continuing with the same workout plan that has worked in the past.

You have to step it up to lose and maintain weight as you age. Resistance training (Pilates) with springs, weights or bands can be extremely effective at preserving and increasing lean muscle mass, which normally declines with hormonal changes and age. Add cardio to the mix. Not a runner? Hike, bike or walk more than you have in the past. I know it’s more challenging with shelter in place but set aside an hour a day to watch a video or join a Zoom. I have more videos on the way that will get your heart pumping and pounds shedding!

I hope this was helpful. I'd love to hear from you if you nave questions or comments.

Talk soon!

Chris Tam


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