More fat, less carbs
Remember, dietary fat is not your enemy. When you replace dietary fat with more carbs, as most women tend to do, your blood sugar and insulin levels increase and harm your body’s fat burning ability. On top of that, since your body requires fat in order to manufacture a long list of crucial hormones (as well as absorb vitamins and minerals), not consuming enough fat can lead to hormonal imbalances with far-reaching negative consequences.
To avoid this, make sure that each one of your meals consists of a protein source, a fat source and some low-carb vegetables. Designing your meals in this fashion will provide you with all the essential nutrients your body needs to function properly, drastically lower your insulin levels and help you keep a low calorie count. Good sources of fat include olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, fish and butter. It’s best to use coconut oil when cooking, because it contains healthy fats that are more filling and can slightly boost your metabolism. However, be careful to avoid processed fats like vegetable oils and foods that contain harmful trans-fats.
In addition, try cutting foods that contain lots of carbs in favor of fruits and vegetables, or at least replace them with healthier alternatives. Stay away from the white bread, sugary cereals, sodas and processed desserts – the more of these foods you eat, the more fat your body will store, thanks to the elevated levels of insulin. But the carbs found in vegetables and whole grains, which are also packed with fiber, will slow down digestion and cause a slower release of energy, keeping you feeling fuller for longer without causing any blood sugar spikes. With a low-carb diet, you get to eat amazing, tasty food and lose weight pretty much effortlessly at the same time – would you have it any other way?
Improve estrogen metabolism
Improving your estrogen metabolism is one of the best ways to improve your overall health and achieve optimal body composition. When in balance with other hormones, estrogen ensures good health, but too much of it can result with a greater risk of cancer, infertility, mood disorders and weight problems. For women, having the right amount of estrogen supports weight loss efforts because it decreases fat storage on a cellular level.
On the other hand, some scientific evidence hints that higher levels of estrogen lead to an increased activity of the alpha-adrenergic receptors in the lower part of the body, which slow fat release and are the reason why many women have a pear shape fat distribution. Estrogen dominance also makes women store more fat in the subcutaneous areas (just under the skin). Nowadays, many women have difficulty getting rid of excess estrogen, because we’re surrounded with foods and products that are loaded with chemical estrogens which are man-made compounds that mimic estrogen once they get inside the body.
Chemical estrogens are guilty of causing disease and increasing obesity rates all around the world, and they can be found in plant pesticides, animal growth hormones, cleaning products, personal care products and plastic bottles. In addition, poor estrogen metabolism is also caused by a poor diet and a lack of physical exercise. In order to eliminate the excess estrogen and balance your hormonal activity, start by restricting your exposure to toxic chemical estrogens by eliminating plastics and avoiding products that contain them. Second, increase your level of physical activity and make sure to eat a healthier diet with plenty of protein and antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables.
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