What happens in the body regarding weight gain and loss when estrogen and progesterone are out of balance?
Estrogen is the primary female sex hormone. It gives women hips and breasts, buffers mood, and keeps you on task by regulating serotonin. Estrogen is responsible for the first half of your menstrual cycle, it boosts sex drive and gets you obsessing about babies until about age forty-five or fifty. Progesterone is important for your overall sense of equilibrium or well-being – it’s the hormone that allows you to soothe yourself. Progesterone raises body temperature (making it “thermogenic” and a boost to metabolism) and helps your thyroid perform efficiently. It is a natural diuretic, which means it helps you release excess fluid in your body. Ideally, you have a rhythm between these two hormones, which should function like well-matched dance partners. Estrogen dominance is when you have too much estrogen compared with progesterone. Having a little bit too much estrogen in the body causes a number of symptoms, including weight loss resistance, and makes losing weight very challenging, if not impossible.To lower your estrogen levels and help you lose weight, I recommend eating a pound of vegetables per day, divided between meals. The fiber from the vegetables will help excrete estrogen so it doesn’t keep circulating in your body like bad karma. Aim for 35-45 grams of fiber per day for women, and 40-50 grams per day for men, but slowly increase in 5-gram increments each day to get to the goal without gas or bloating.