I’m an aesthetics pro – so your HORMONES are to blame for your wobbly bits

BODY comes in all shapes and sizes.

Whether you’re a pear, an apple, or an hourglass, you might think it’s all about how much you eat and exercise.

Experts have explained at length why your hormones play a key role in where fat is stored in your body


Experts have explained at length why your hormones play a key role in where fat is stored in your bodyPhoto credit: Getty

However, experts have found that it actually has a lot more to do with your hormones.

They can be a nuisance when it’s your time of the month, but they also affect your growth, metabolism, and fertility.

Hormones are chemicals that flow throughout the body and help us coordinate all of these things.

There is a connection between your hormones and fat storage in different parts of the body.

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Because of this, experts say too much of a hormone can cause you to have extra fat in certain areas.

Now gurus have explored what hormones give you a fat belly and what you can do about it.

1. Flabby arms – caused by testosterone

You might think that this is just a male hormone, but testosterone is also present in the female adrenal glands.

Your ovaries produce modest amounts that are thought to contribute to muscle and bone strength, brain function, and libido.

Khatra Paterson, director of KP Aesthetics, which works with Cristal Pro, explains that if you don’t get enough of this hormone, you may develop fat on the backs of your upper arms.

“As testosterone levels drop, it becomes harder to tone muscles in all areas of the body. One reason women and men lose muscle mass as they age is this.

“It’s a lot harder to trim those hard-to-tone areas like your upper arms when you have less muscle tissue. This means that no matter how many chairlifts and push-ups you do, you’ll never get the lean, lean upper arms you desire.”

Khatra, who has 26 years of experience as a nurse and midwife, said high blood sugar reduces testosterone synthesis, so it’s best to avoid sweets and refined carbohydrates to keep levels under control.

Also, avoid sugary foods by substituting whole-grain breads and pasta, she added.

Instead, you should increase omega-3 levels and eat fish like salmon, mackerel, and sardines once a week.

2. Pot belly – caused by cortisol

Cortisol is a stress hormone that releases sugar into the bloodstream, preparing us for flight or fight, both of which consume sugar.

However, most people are under low stress due to a soothing lifestyle at their desk all day.

As a result, cortisol is constantly released, which leads to constantly high blood sugar levels.

But it has to be stored somewhere – so that the body stores it in the middle when it can be accessed quickly.

Stress and anxiety also make us more prone to eating sugary snacks.

To counteract this, instead turn to magnesium-rich meals like leafy greens, bananas, and yogurt to curb your urge to dip in the cookie jar.

Magnesium relieves muscle tension and helps your body deal with stress.

3. Big butt – caused by estrogen

Jacqui Fenner, a body contouring expert who works with Cristal, said estrogen causes fat to accumulate around the hips and thighs in women of childbearing age, so having a pear shape is natural.

However, she said there is such a thing as too much estrogen.

“Heavy periods along with extra fat on the hips and thighs can be a clue.

“In addition, studies suggest that this hormone affects breast growth, so having large breasts can be a sign.

“Estrogen gets pulled out through the stool, but if it’s not done effectively due to poor digestion, it can end up circulating back up and increasing the estrogen load in your body,” Fenner said.

She added that using probiotics, which have been shown to decrease food transit time in the gut and increase fiber consumption, will help.

Fenner adds, “As we live in a world that celebrates big butts, some people feel like their butt is out of proportion to the rest of their body.”

4. Muffin Top – caused by insulin

Insulin’s job is to carry glucose in your bloodstream to your body’s cells.

Here it can be used as fuel – excess is stored.

dr Ana Mansouri, Physician of Aesthetics, said: “As we age, our insulin levels rise, particularly when we eat a highly refined carbohydrate diet, which can lead to extra fat storage around the hips.

“Insulin resistance occurs when your body’s cells are unable to use the hormone properly due to high levels of insulin.

“In my clinic, I see many women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) who are insulin resistant and struggle with muffins and stubborn love handles.”

dr Mansouri said that is when she proposes a treatment like cryolipolysis in conjunction with a healthy diet and lifestyle implemented by the patient.

“Another way to help people adopt a healthy lifestyle is to eat frequently and in small amounts.

“Studies suggest that this helps keep blood sugar levels stable.

“Eat snacks in the morning and afternoon, but choose meals with a low glycemic index to release energy more slowly,” added Dr. Mansouri added. I’m an aesthetics pro – so your HORMONES are to blame for your wobbly bits

Sarah Y. Kim

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