3 Things You Can Do To Help Unwanted Weight Gain Due To Hormones – Me, Myself and Kids

3 Things You Can Do To Help Unwanted Weight Gain Due To Hormones

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I haven’t shared alot about the struggles I’ve been facing now that I’m almost 6 months in on my medication.
But lets just say, without estrogen production and being the age I am and approaching peri-menopause, my body is very different than it was pre-cancer.

It snuck up on me over the last couple of months and while I’m learning to embrace all of the change, I also need to make sure that the weight is managed (if not lost) and deal with peri-menopausal symptoms all at once.

I thought I’d share what I’ve learned as I know many of you are getting to that age as well, or even if you’re not, you can be prepared.

It sometimes feels like it is impossible to lose weight – but from everything I have read it is not. The problem is that your typical weight loss program (like Weight Watchers) aren’t designed for people with cancer or imbalanced hormones. Programs for the 20-30 year olds won’t work for us 40 somethings!

Here are 3 things that I have implemented hat you can too if you are noticing hormonal changes, body changes or weight gain from your hormones:

  1. Up your fruits & veggie intake – try to eat an abundance of fruits & veg. Think raspberries, pears, apples, leafy greens. I know its also hard to get the recommended daily dose of fruits and veg, and so I also supplement with the Superfood Greens on the days I know I won’t get it all in.
  2. Increase fibre intake – think minimum 25gm a day. You can find good amounts of fibre in many foods including apples and bran. If you need more, this prebiotic fibre will get you an additional 12gm per day. I add this to my protein shakes daily.
  3. Prioritize protein – they say you should have approximately 1gm per pound of body weight (so if you weigh 135 lbs, try to consume 135gm of protein per day). Have a protein source with every meal. Think eggs, tuna, meat, fish, greek yogurt, cottage cheese. I have those daily as well. I also will start my day off with a post workout shake with at least 20gm of protein using various protein powders. Its a super easy way to get in 20-30gm.

If you need additional recommendations, or have found something that is working for you, I’d love to hear from you!



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