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.
 

“SEX HORMONES” – THE MISSING FACTOR OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EQUATION

 
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.
     

    ESTROGEN DOMINANCE IS THE ARCHENEMY OF “WEIGHT LOSS”

     
    In a perfect world estrogen and progesterone work in unison.
     
    Shocker…
     
    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!
     


     

    SIGNS YOU MAY BE ESTROGEN DOMINANT

     
    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.
     

    HOW TO TRICK YOUR BODY INTO RESTORING HEALTHY LEVELS OF ESTROGEN-PROGESTERONE

     

    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.
     
    How?
     
    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.
     

    9 WAYS PROGESTERONE KICKSTARTS YOUR WEIGHTLOSS WITH ITS SUPERPOWERS

     
    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:
     

    1. GETS YOUR MOJO BACK

     
    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.
     

    2. HELPS YOU SLEEP LIKE A LAZY CAT

     
    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.
     


     

    3. HELPS YOUR BRAIN REPEL STRESS

     

    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.
     

    4. HELPS YOU BREAK-UP WITH YOUR BELLY BLOAT

     
    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.
     

     

    5. HELPS KEEP ICKY DEPRESSION AT BAY

     
    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.
     

    6. – HELPS YOU SAY “OOH-SAHH”

     
    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.

     

    7. HELPS MAKE YOUR WORKOUTS COUNT

     
    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.
     

    8. HELPS BOOST THOSE ENERGY LEVELS

     
    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.
     

    9. HELPS YOUR BODY FIGHT INFLAMMATION

     
    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.
     

    PROGESTERONE IS A SUPERHERO TO YOUR WEIGHT LOSS GOALS

     
    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,

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