We all have a type.
Mine is usually tall, dark, and handsome. Oops! Wrong one 😉
We all store fat in various areas in our body, and each of us are different. It comes down to what your hormonal body type is. This knowledge can help you reach your health goals and align your eating habits with what your body needs.
For me, I'm an Estrogen Sally and if I'm not careful, the Cortisol Busy Belly (see below).
I use to get an all-over bloat at certain parts of my cycle, which came from not fully metabolizing estrogen. Then when my life was too stressful or I was doing too much cardio, I'd hold extra weight in my midsection. This knowledge helps me quickly pinpoint what hormones are off so I can tailor my habits accordingly.
Which of the four hormonal body types are you?
1. ESTROGEN SALLY
Excess estrogen gets stored in the hips, thighs and butt. You may also notice an overall bloat at various parts of your cycle.
Too much estrogen in the body limits the production of progesterone, which can lead to PMS symptoms, irritability, irregular periods, and acne along the jawline.
Extra estrogen can make you feel bloated because the excess is getting clogged, and is then stored in the large intestine, causing the belly to swell.
Fill up on cruciferous veggies and consider eating more fiber.
2. CORTISOL BUSY BELLY
If you lead an active and stressful lifestyle, you might notice weight settling in your midsection. I see it a lot with athletes and women experiencing adrenal fatigue.
Stress can come from a hectic lifestyle, too much caffeine or alcohol, and too much cardio. I use to struggle greatly with doing too much cardio. When I stopped running so much, I actually lost 10 pounds in three weeks. My body finally had a chance to calm down and let go of extra weight. It was amazing!
To naturally lower stress hormones, I like to take a yoga class, meditate, soak in an Epsom salt bath, and take 1-2 weeks off from cardio. Going for a walk also helps. You can replace your morning coffee with a superfood latte from the Balanced Bombshells Lifestyle Plan!
For a food fix, consider increasing your vitamin C, as it helps our body deal with stress. I love snacking on red bell peppers, kale, broccoli, oranges, grapefruit, and strawberries.
3. RICKETY INSULIN
You're an insulin type if you notice weight being held in your love handles. The ever-avoided muffin top...
This means your body isn't stabilizing its blood sugar and fluctuating levels can cause weight gain.
Do you skip meals? Is your diet high in junk food and sugar? Do you struggle with PCOS? All of these are signs of blood sugar issues. You may experience fatigue, low energy, and could even skip your period.
Start saying no to sugar and processed foods. White carbs like rice, bread, and potatoes turn into sugar in the body and can spike insulin levels. Choosing complex carbs like whole grains, brown rice, quinoa, sweet potatoes, oatmeal, beans, and buckwheat can help stabilize blood sugar.
Cinnamon is also a great, and delicious, spice to add to your meals and teas, as its been shown to help stabilize blood sugar.
4. TOUCHY TESTOSTERONE
Do you notice fat being stored in your upper arms? If so, this could indicate your testosterone levels are low. You might also notice a low sex drive and not building the muscle mass you'd like.
To naturally increase testosterone, you can eat things like brazil nuts and beans, which are loaded with zinc, add maca powder to smoothies, and eat more healthy fats like avocado.
Strength training workouts are a great way to help your body build lean muscle too. If you're looking for a new workout to try, I'm completely obsessed with barre classes! It keeps everything in and up! Check out a local studio near you, they might have some new client specials 😊
Sooo, what's your type?!
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