DISCLAIMER: Better Orgasms are a Side Effect.

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the biggest bitc* of all?
The scale.
Brutally honest, there’s no way to cheat or lie to this adversary.
The numbers on the scale will never fail to remind you of your top-secret midnight date with Ben & Jerry and that you traded leg day for a Netflix binge twice last week – when you promised yourself you wouldn’t.
Ringing any bells?
It’s only human to “cheat” on your diet once in a blue moon… But after your 35th birthday and especially once you hit menopause, you may be doing a lot less “cheating” and a lot more,

“I’m working out, eating right and I can’t lose weight – no matter what!”

This can leave you feeling discouraged and frustrated, ready to give up entirely. After all, you want to lose weight not only to look sexy in that bikini and those jeans you’ve been dying to fit into again but for other benefits like:

As Dr. Blackburn of Harvard Medical School says, “losing weight is more difficult as we age, but not impossible“.
So, don’t throw in the towel just yet!
Truth is, you may be overlooking an uber important part of your biology that could be keeping you from losing weight or causing you to gain weight despite your efforts.

Your “sex hormones”.

Time to get down to the nitty-gritty.


The culprit to your never-ending weight loss plateau may lie in your ovaries. More precisely, in the chemical messengers they secrete, fashionably called “sex hormones”.
As a woman, the two major hormones in question are:
1. Estrogen
2. Progesterone

The “exercise” plus “diet” catchphrase of weight loss is a myth once you hit your mid-thirties.

Taking your sex hormones into consideration, the following equation is an accurate perspective of a healthy weight loss journey if you’re a woman between 35 and 55:

And whatever you do, don’t underestimate the power of this dynamic duo. Estrogen and Progesterone are responsible for nearly every aspect of your life as a woman and in control of:

  • How well you age
  • Your menstrual cycle
  • Your fertility
  • When menopause strikes
  • The quality of your sex life after 35
    And last but certainly not least… YOUR METABOLISM. FYI the slower your metabolism, the harder it’ll be for you to lose weight.
    After 35, it’s critical to be aware of and have an active role in your hormone health that will help you resist natural hormone changes that stimulate fat cell growth.

    Between the ages 35-55 an increase in your “stress hormones” and decrease in your “sex hormones” causes a perfect storm of “fat growth”.

    One where “fat growers” outrank “fat fighters”:


    Bottom line: 9 out of 10 women have an imbalance in their estrogen-progesterone levels that causes estrogen levels to run wild and “weight loss” to feel like an impossibility.

    P.S. Estrogen is the “mean girl” standing between you and those jeans you saved from your late 20’s, with the hope of fitting into them again.


    In a perfect world estrogen and progesterone work in unison.
    The world is far from perfect.
    Several factors create a cocktail that deplete our bodies of progesterone, triggering estrogen levels to skyrocket or that directly cause excess estrogen, creating an abnormal ratio between the two hormones in the bloodstream:

  • Lifestyle
  • Environmental
  • Biological
    The sum of which is estrogen dominance or ED – not to be confused with the one that involves erections and Viagra!



    Disparity in the estrogen-progesterone ratio can manifest in the following symptoms:

  • Inability to lose weight {duh…}
  • Weight gain
  • Fluid Retention
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Irregular Menstrual Cycle
  • Heavy Menstrual Cramps
  • Infertility
  • Brain Fog
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Fibrocystic Breasts
  • Tender Breasts
  • Decreased Sex Drive
    As you can gather from the list, none of the abovementioned symptoms are conducive to losing weight.
    It may be time to call in some back up.
    The type of superhero that will kick Estrogen dominance to the curb, rev your weight loss and renew your sex life and make it better than what it was when you were 27…

    Progesterone is that superhero.

    The saying “not all superhero’s wear capes” is true after all.



    A hormone panel is the best way to definitively know if you have estrogen dominance.

    Though, don’t expect your doctor to test for one hormone level alone. A complete hormone panel is almost always recommended to define where your present levels of {estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, etc.} are at.
    Results of a complete hormone panel can help your doctor target the root of the problem. If your panel shows a state of ED – it’s time to up your levels of progesterone with progesterone supplement and changes that’ll make your body produce more of the hormone.
    To restore a healthy estrogen-progesterone balance, you must take an active role in your health decisions and lifestyle choices:

    Synthetic progesterone, called “Progestin,” should be avoided. Although progestin may mimic some of progesterone’s effects, it may react differently with progesterone receptors in the body and a significant consequence of the side effects seen with synthetic progestin has been an increase in the risk of developing breast cancer.
    FYI lots of doctors and holistic health practitioners prefer natural progesterone. But if you’ve decided to go solo and not consult with a professional, it’s far easier to overdose on creams than oral supplements.

    Take the natural progesterone cream instructions as seriously as you do Ikea instructions.

    A healthy mix of oral progesterone supplements and conscious lifestyle changes is what it’s going to take to flush your body of ED.
    Put in the work and you’ll reap the benefits.


    Like all superhero’s progesterone has superpowers.

    Progesterone can have you losing weight, feeling great and carrying that weight loss glow everywhere you go – by putting Queen E back in her rightful place. Better sex and orgasms are also part of the deal.

    The sex hormone has 9 specific superhero powers that prove advantageous to your weight loss goals. This is how progesterone can help you lose weight:


    When’s the last time you had an orgasm?
    If you had to think about it, then it’s been too long… Your sex drive hitting rock bottom is arguably the worst side effect of too much estrogen.
    Sex makes you feel tantric and is the most enjoyable exercise that helps:

  • Reduce your “stress hormones”,
  • Keep the desire for sweets and binge eating at bay,
  • Burn calories, over 100 a session, depending on the position. Doggy and cowgirl are the two positions that burn the most calories.
    FYI, your “age” isn’t an excuse for a sad libido either, the experts aren’t buying that BS.

    Women with balanced estrogen-progesterone levels who are 36+ are having the most sex and best sex of their lives.

    It’s time for you to rub some of that cream on your body to reclaim your inner lioness and reach new climactic heights.


    Sleep is a weight loss aid, and the élite of the élite at that.
    You can balance your estrogen-progesterone levels, exercise regularly and eat properly and still not get optimal weight loss results if you sacrifice too much sleep time.
    And sadly, women get less and less sleep with age.
    Nearly 70% of women 30-50 in the US are not getting anywhere near seven to nine hours a night and only 1/3 women over 51 can report sleeping well a few times a month.
    Sleep deprivation damages your metabolism after 3 days.
    On the 4th day your metabolism begins to slow down and fat cell growth spikes. Without an adequate amount of sleep, you’ll also be more likely to eat sweets and skip workouts.

    If you have trouble sleeping and are trying to combat ED, opt for oral progesterone supplements – they do the Zzz’s trick better than the creams.

    When the supplement reaches your intestines, it bursts into a lot of metabolites. These metabolites bind to GABA receptors in your brain, causing you to feel relaxed as a result.
    And there’s no better prequel to sleep, than relaxation.




    Chronic stress alone is enough to cause estrogen dominance.

    Which is bad news seeing that modern life is besieged by chronic stress at every angle – literally. From the moment you turn on the “Morning News”, to the moment you go to sleep, you’re likely bombarded by stressors.
    Progesterone can promote relaxation and activate a positive domino effect that gives your ovaries a chance to increase progesterone secretion on their own, resulting in a win-win cycle to rid you of estrogen dominance:

    The oral supplement will do the “relaxation” trick better than the creams – due to metabolites.


    Do you look like you’re carrying a “food baby” everywhere you go?
    Excess estrogen can cause a belly bloat that won’t go away. To get rid of the bloat, you’ll have to eat foods rich in vitamins and ingredients that encourage progesterone secretion.
    For about 3 months.
    Clinical Director of YinOva Center in New York and guru on all things “progesterone” wrote a book on how eating certain foods for 3 months can increase your progesterone levels.

    Eating an array of these food choices diligently will increase your progesterone levels. If you have a semi-permanent “food baby”, progesterone-rich food is the strongest medicine out there.
    Say ta-ta to the bloat.



    Are about to get slapped in the face by menopause?
    Watch out for depression.
    Two years prior to the onset of menopause, women are 14 times more likely to experience depression.
    The reason is the big fall in their progesterone levels.
    You can cushion the menopausal “fall” in mood by taking control of your progesterone levels up to two years before your last period.
    Think of it as finding a loop-hole to evade depression caused by menopause and weight gain caused by depression.
    Nearly 1 of 2 people suffering from depression are obese.
    Depression isn’t advantageous to weight loss by any means, so if you’re noticing mood changes and about to get on the menopause train, ask your doctor about progesterone options.


    Anxiety creates stress.
    And stress is nothing but harmful to weight loss. Women who are estrogen dominant are far more likely to experience anxiety, and consequently, stress.
    Progesterone has been proven to mimic orthodox anti-anxiety meds in the brains of rats and help the brain keep anxiety at bay in humans. Scientists think the reason for this lies in the metabolites, meaning that the best way to supplement progesterone for anti-anxiety purposes is orally.

    Here are the #facts when it comes to progesterone as anxiety relief:


    Natural bio-identical progesterone can relieve panic attacks and regulate mood swings in sufferers of anxiety when taken on days 15 through 28 of the menstrual cycle.



    As you age, your body loses muscle mass – it’s one of the reasons it’s harder to lose weight with age.
    What does muscle have to do with fat?
    1lb of muscle and 1lb of fat are not created equal!
    The more muscle mass you lose, the less calories you burn, even on a lazy Sunday; 1lb of muscle is believed to burn 6-25 times more than 1lb of fat at rest each day. If you replaced 3lbs of fat for muscle, you’re burning between 126-525 more calories a week at rest.
    Noxiously high levels of estrogen results in two things:
    1. Accelerates the rate at which your current muscle mass is replaced by fat.
    2. Thwarts your body’s ability to build new muscle .
    The result? You burn less calories at rest and while exercising, blocking weight loss results.

    Progesterone therapy has presented significant results in helping women post and pre-menopause build muscle mass.

    One study that compared the effects of estrogen, testosterone and progesterone therapies on muscle mass production in pre and post-menopausal women found progesterone equally effective as testosterone.
    Progesterone therapy resulted in:

  • Increased gene expression {specific to muscle growth} up to 90% in 3+ genes
  • Increase rate of muscle mass growth by up to 20%
  • Increase muscle synthesis up to 50%
    Lathering that progesterone cream on your muscles {in safe amounts} can make your workouts count in a way they haven’t in a long time.


    Estrogen dominance and a slow thyroid go together like peanut butter and jelly – as do healthy energy levels and losing weight.
    Two major things can happen to your thyroid and thyroid hormone production in the face of excess estrogen:
    1. Estrogen blocks your thyroid from producing enough thyroid hormone.
    2. Estrogen strips the thyroid hormone released from the thyroid of any beneficial effects to your cells by telling your liver to release TBG; a globulin that binds to the thyroid hormone before even reaching your cells.

    Doctors can miss hypothyroidism if they solely rely on blood tests; this is because TBG “tricks” thyroid blood tests. You can have “normal levels” of thyroid hormone in your bloodstream and experience symptoms of hypothyroidism because of the effects of TBG.

    The symptoms of hypothyroidism are the “the cherry on the cake” to preventing the progression of your weight loss goals and include:

  • Weight gain
  • Chronic levels of low energy
  • Sexual dysfunction
    300mg of oral progesterone, taken over the course of 12 weeks prior to bed resulted in an increase in thyroid hormone T4. Not only will your workouts begin to show, you’ll have the energy you need to workout and stay positive about your weight loss journey.


    Inflammation and weight loss are the furthest thing from two peas in a pod. In fact, it’s the opposite.
    Being overweight means being inflamed – there’s no way around it.
    Inflammation occurs when your body is trying to protect itself from a potential danger that it doesn’t recognize. Usually, your body will regulate itself, but if it doesn’t chronic inflammation, weight gain and difficulty losing weight ensue.

    Dr. Mark Hyman goes so far as to refer to inflammation as a “chronic smoldering inside your body that contributes to disease and weight gain”.

    Pretty intense, huh?
    Here are a few signs that you’re chronically inflamed:

  • A large chunk of your extra weight is around your waste
  • You’re tired 24/7
  • Your face has a puffiness to it that doesn’t go away
  • You suffer from constipation or other digestive issues frequently
  • High blood glucose levels
    Progesterone is infused with anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce inflammation in your body from the brain to the gut. The anti-inflammatory properties are so potent that there’s a probability of it being added to some cancer medications – for the specific purpose of fighting inflammation.
    The best way to decrease inflammation is with a mix of an anti-inflammatory diet, vitamin D and progesterone. This single sex hormone isn’t the whole anti-inflammatory equation, but it’s certainly part of it.

    FYI: Oral progesterone targets inflammation most efficiently.


    Like anything, this single sex hormone isn’t the “cure-all” to your weight loss.
    Progesterone doesn’t have a magic wand to wave in your face so that you automatically lose 25lbs. Keep your expectations realistic before you add progesterone to your weight loss arsenal.
    This hip sex hormone just might be the missing puzzle piece you’ve been waiting for. Put in the work, eat right and the powers of this weight loss superhero will be unleashed.
    In 3-12 weeks, you’ll see those numbers on the scale move faster than you’ve seen them in a decade or more… And this time, in the right direction!
    Alexa, please play “Bringing sexy back!”

    Love and Health,



    You’ll learn exactly how to eat and exercise to get slim, lean, healthy, and confident in your own body. Without sacrificing time, money, or the foods you love.

    This website is about learning how to make the right, easy changes in your lifestyle and get the greatest results.

    Thousands of others have already changed their lives by following the simple, effective principles taught on this site, and you can too.




    This is my step-by-step, 3-ingredient recipe for Crispy Paleo Duck Magret.


    I’ll tell you all about “magret” (a French duck breast that you ought to know!) but before I do that, let’s get real. You see…
    I’m sick and tired of hard-to-follow recipes with an endless list of ingredients. Even though I am a classically trained French chef, I have a family to feed every night and here is what I’m NOT going to do:

    • Spend 1 hour at the grocery store.
    • Worry about whether or not I can find all the ingredients in a given recipe.
    • Spend more than 30 minutes in the kitchen.
    • Spend more than 10 minutes cleaning up.

    And this my friends is why most of my recipes have less than 6 ingredients. And this Crispy Paleo Duck Magret has… wait for it… 3 ingredients. Duck breast (or magret), red cabbage, and watercress (or any kind of greens). I’m not counting salt, pepper and extra-virgin olive, which I’m sure you already have in your kitchen.


    Yes it’s true. Duck, red cabbage, and watercress.



    Duck magret is duck breast. Pure and simple. However, look at the photos below and notice how meaty and red meat red it is. A “normal” duck breast is much, much paler than this. This duck meat looks more like a steak.

    This is because this duck breast comes from a different breed of duck, called “Moulard”. Moulard ducks are very popular in France and they are raised with a special, wholesome diet which contributes to an awesome meat texture and taste.
    And boy, does this taste good. One of the things that taste good is that duck magret has extra fat – the good kind of fat; actually mostly mono-unsaturated fat like olive oil, which actually has been known to fuel one of the healthiest populations in the world… the people of SouthWest France. More on the fat later…


    Glad you asked. There is this online retailer called Dartagnan. Order today before noon and you’ll get your magret tomorrow morning at your door. It’s that simple.
    I know the owner very well, chef Ariane Daguin, a native of France like me and a lover of fine foods, also like me.
    Dartagnan sells duck magret and also has an interesting Paleo-friendly collection of specialty meats.



    I mentioned earlier that this duck breast/magret has a different texture, color and taste. It feels, look, and taste more like a steak. So in this recipe, believe it or not, we’ll flash sear the meat (with a delicious crispy skin!) and I encourage you to leave the meat medium-rare to medium. The French actually barely cook it and leave it extra rare.
    If you take a look at the photo of me in our kitchen (I work for, cook for, and am married to Dr. Carissa, it really looks like I’m holding a steak, and not a duck breast. I mean, this is bright red and huuuuuge; normal duck breasts are usually much smaller.



    So follow me closely as I walk you through this 3-ingredient recipe! 🙄 😂 The 3 ingredients are duck magret, red cabbage, and watercress.
    The first thing I’m going to do is unwrap the Dartagnan duck magrets and use a sharp knife to slice into the thick layer of fat. In such a way that I criss-cross the fat as shown below. This is important because first, it will help melt the delicious fat (you will keep the extra rendered fat like you do with bacon, at least if you are a legit Paleo enthusiast like Dr. Carissa and myself). Second, that thick layer of fat is like an insulator if you will. You can sear that fat all you want, the heat won’t penetrate deep enough to reach the meat. And you want it to reach the meat.

    I’m also going to salt and pepper them profusely. Both side. Fat side and meat side. Don’t be afraid. Beginner cooks often underseason meat. Don’t underseason meat.

    Now it’s time to have fun with magret. You see, searing (pan-frying, if you will!) duck magret is one of the most fun things you will ever do in cooking.
    Here is why…


    First, I recommend searing in a cast-iron skillet. Cast iron is just the best pan to sear stuff in. Heat repartition is great with cast iron. No cold spot. A ‘deep’ sear. It’s fantastic. Every Paleo enthusiast should own one. Plus, it’s a cheap pan to own and you can keep it forever.
    Now listen to me…
    To sear meat, you need a hot pan. Medium high heat and wait for the skillet to be super hot. You don’t want it to be smoking hot, but you want to make sure as you place the duck (fat side down) you get a “pppsssssshhhhhh” noise. Otherwise it’s not searing and the meat is going to boil and not sear. You won’t have a crispy skin. You want a crispy skin.
    As you can see in the photo above, you place the duck (fat side down) in the cast iron skillet, and you wait without moving the duck around, until you get a golden brown crust underneath. That’s probably going to happen in 3 to 5 minutes if your skillet is hot and your heat powerful. More if not.
    Once the fat is golden brown and crispy (and delicious!) it’s time to flip the magret. Now the duck is meat side down and you’ll wait about 3 to 5 minutes for that side to sear to a golden brown crust.



    The most important here is to control the heat. Medium high I said, but ever stove, every pan, every cook is different. Cook with your senses. Look, smell, and taste. Once you have that coveted golden brown crust, it’s time to flip the duck. Be attentive.

    If you are attentive, chances are you will get the most beautiful result. Look at the photo below. Who can resist this?
    This is a beautiful duck magret from Dartagnan that has been seared to perfection. The perfect Golden Brown Crust.



    As discussed the French like it rare. But I recommend medium-rare to medium. Cooking the duck about 5 minutes on each side at a medium-high heat will give you a perfect medium-rare to medium.

    BONUS: here is the secret!… Rest the meat half the time that it has cooked!

    Once the duck breast is seared 5 minutes on each side, you should NOT slice it or serve it. No, no, no…
    You MUST rest the duck half the time that it has cooked. In this case, if you cooked your duck 5 minutes on each side (that’s 10 minutes), then you should rest it at least 5 minutes. Or more. Just set it on a cutting board, maybe cover it with aluminum foil, and wait.
    That’s what I’m doing in this photo. I’m just waiting for the duck to rest. You know why?.. Because that way, the meat gets a chance to rehydrate (the violent heat from searing pushes the moisture inside the meat at the center, and dries out the rest) from the inside out. When you rest, the juices at the center slowly move from the center to the entirety of the meat.
    This is the difference between a dry steak (or duck) and a moist steak. Everybody wants a moist steak. Nobody ever wishes they get a dry steak.



    Now of course while the meat rests, I’m going to get moving. This is time to saute’ the red cabbage. For that, I empty half of the duck fat into a bowl for later use. Rendered duck fat is much better and much healthier than bacon fat. Keep the fat.

    Then I keep the skillet on medium high with half of the fat. Once it’s nice and hot, I saute’ the red cabbage. Just the duck fat, salt and pepper, and the red cabbage is going to change in taste and become so delicious.
    You see, sautéed red cabbage is popular in some game recipes in France. It goes perfect with seared duck magret and this Paleo Duck Magret Recipe.
    Note that you don’t need to cook the cabbage more than a few minutes. Just give it a few turns in the hot skillet and it’s ready.

    Back to the cutting board area…
    It’s time to take care of the last ingredient: watercress.
    All I have to do is to make a simple vinaigrette (takes 30 seconds) and toss the watercress in it. I told ya I like simple!



    You would have noticed that the magret is still resting on my cutting board. That’s important. Rest the duck.
    Sauteeing the red cabbage, making my salad dressing, and tossing the watercress in it probably took me 8 to 10 minutes. Perfect resting time and now it’s time to slice the duck magret from Dartagnan.com.
    So just take a sharp knife and slice the rested duck magret like in the photo. Notice how this is a perfect medium-rare. Also notice how the meat really is red and looks like steak. This could almost be mistaken for a medium rare New-York Strip Loin, except of course for the delicious golden brown crispy duck skin! Which is absolutely delicious!



    This recipe is complete. Time to plate. I put a mound of red cabbage, top it with a few slices (a duck magret typically serves 1 hungry person or 2 persons).

    This was the step-by-step Paleo Duck Magret Recipe with Sauteed Red Cabbage and Watercress. A 3-ingredient, 30-minute recipe that is easy to make and perfect for Paleo enthusiasts. Especially if you’re trying to lose weight.
    The recipe card is below.
    So remember… Make sure you comment underneath to tell Dr. Carissa and I how you like this, or if you have any questions.
    The Duck Magret is from Dartagnan and we could not recommend that company more. Really awesome Paleo products, recipes, and specialty meats.


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    This is my step-by-step, 3-ingredient recipe for Crispy Paleo Duck Magret. 

    • duck breast
    • red cabbage
    • watercress (or any kind of greens)
    1. Unwrap the Dartagnan duck magrets and use a sharp knife to slice into the thick layer of fat.

    2. Salt and pepper them profusely. Both side. Fat side and meat side.

    3. Sear the duck magret in a medium-high heat (wait for the skillet to be super hot). 5 minutes on each side.

    4. Rest the duck half the time that it has cooked.

    5. While the meat rests, saute’ the red cabbage on medium high with half of the duck fat, add salt and pepper.

    6. Make a simple vinaigrette and toss the watercress in it.

    7. Slice the rested duck magret and put it in a mound of red cabbage, then serve.



    You’ll learn exactly how to eat and exercise to get slim, lean, healthy, and confident in your own body. Without sacrificing time, money, or the foods you love.

    This website is about learning how to make the right, easy changes in your lifestyle and get the greatest results.

    Thousands of others have already changed their lives by following the simple, effective principles taught on this site, and you can too.

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