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Does Estrogen Make You Fat?

In today's lesson we will see why it is harder for women who approach menopause to lose weight from their abdomen. I have worked with many women in my time and many do not know what to do. They seem to do everything right but for some reason they have a hard time losing weight in the area.

Therefore, we will look at the role of estrogen today. I will describe exactly what is going on in the body with regards to estrogen and weight loss. We will talk mainly about women today but this does not apply to men for some degree.

First, let's talk about what happens during menopause as women's hormones start to change. Essentially, estrogen decreased by 35% and progesterone decreased by 75%. Both of these hormones decrease but the balance changes.

Progesterone usually stores estrogen in the test. If there is more estrogen floating around relative to progesterone, it can lead to a condition called estrogen dominance and we will talk about that later.

Women are generally pear shaped to menopause. Fat cells and hormones ensure that fat is distributed primarily around the hip and reproductive organs. There is also a tendency to store fat subcutaneously which means that more female fat is stored under the skin.

That's why it's harder for women to see muscle definition than men because men have lower subcutaneous fat levels than women. We will talk about what happened to women and why it happened in a minute.

During menopause, there is a decrease in estrogen and a decrease in estrogen receptor sensitivity. Therefore, the female body tends to be more masculine in terms of fat distribution.

More fat begins to accumulate around the abdomen, mimicking more male forms, apples. An apple-shaped body is associated with type-II diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity. That's why belly fat isn't a good thing. More fat around the visor; The digestive organs are associated with many diseases.

In general, women have pears and more fat under the skin until menopause. They store their fat in and around the hips.

And during menopause due to estrogen depletion, their fat distribution changes and more fat is stored in the abdominal area.

Many people tend to think that estrogen makes you fat, and that's a misconception. People may think that because women tend to have more body fat than men because of estrogen. That's not the case. Estrogen is actually a hormone that promotes fat loss and lowers fat storage.

Estrogen has 2 functions as a hormone in the cell. First, it reduces lipoprotein lipase (LPL). LPL is an enzyme that loves the absorption of fat into cells, making cells fatter. Estrogen decreases LPL activity which means that less fat is absorbed into fat cells.

Second, estrogen enhances the activity of an enzyme known as hormone-sensitive lipase (HSL) and enhances the role of epinephrine at the cellular level, both of which increase lipolysis, which means fat loss.

In short, estrogen supports the breakdown of fat and prevents fat intake. This is the overall effect of estrogen. There are other side effects at the cellular level, but overall, estrogen does not make you fat in the grand scheme of things.

Fat fat cells will return to normal size in the presence of estrogen. Normal-sized fat cells become fatter with estrogen deficiency or if there is a decrease in estrogen receptor sensitivity.

The transition from normal-sized fat cells to large fat cells is what happens in menopause. Why is this happening? Why do women go from apple-shaped pearls?

This is a good time to talk about estrogen receptors. What I focus on is called ESR1 and ESR2.

There are certain estrogen receptors located in the brain. The rest is located in the liver and bone and in fat cells. All these estrogen receptors have an effect on how estrogen is used and produced in the body.

For example, there are estrogen receptors in the brain, especially in the hypothalamus, which regulate appetite and hunger. Studies have shown that estrogen receptors have an impact on food intake.

When estrogen is depleted, it is less likely to stimulate this receptor in the brain which means that there is a tendency to experience less appetite when you have low estrogen in the body. Now, this is not black and white.

There are a lot of things going on in the brain that don't always happen. This has been shown in studies with mice that have had ovariectomy. Whereas they basically shut down the production of rat estrogen from the ovaries in the body and the consumption of rat food increased thereafter.

This is just one example of what estrogen receptors can do in the brain if estrogen deficiency stimulates them as you age and approaches menopause.

There is a very interesting estrogen receptor in the subcutaneous fat cells. When women are young and have high levels of estrogen in the body, estrogen causes an increase in the receptor known as the anti-lipolytic alpha 2A-adrenergic receptor. Anti-lipolytic = anti-fat.

What this means is that estrogen increases the number of anti-fat receptors in subcutaneous fat; fat just under the whole skin. Due to the increase in these receptors, they tell fat cells not to break down fat.

Therefore, before you have menopause and high estrogen levels, there are more of these receptors which means that more fat has a tendency to be stored in subcutaneous fat and less fat stored in and around the abdomen.

However, during menopause when estrogen levels begin to decline, although there is more estrogen than progesterone, the balance shift and anti-lipolytic alpha 2A-adrenergic receptor become smaller.

Because estrogen levels are lower than before menopause, there is more subcutaneous fat that can actually be broken down and there is a subsequent tendency for fat to accumulate in and around the abdomen.

This is one of the main reasons why more and more women keep fat in their stomachs during and after menopause. When estrogen levels drop, the 2A-adrenergic alpha-lipolytic receptor level drops so that the fat beneath the skin is easier to break and the tendency to shift to fat storage in the abdomen.

Now, we're just talking about estrogen. We never touch testosterone or progesterone. This is interesting stuff.

Remember, estrogen receptors are one of the main reasons why fat distribution changes when you enter menopause. Now, you might think that if estrogen is meant to make you thin, you might want high levels of estrogen in the body. Not necessarily.

When you have high levels of estrogen in relation to progesterone, it can lead to a condition known as estrogen dominance. We see a lot of estrogen dominance today, not only in women but also in men. This is something most people are unaware of.

There is nothing wrong with estrogen or progesterone itself. The problem occurs when the balance in the body is discarded.

These are some of the topics of fat distribution, but you do not want to take high estrogen levels during menopause because as shown by hormone replacement therapy (HRT) there is an increased risk of breast cancer and other issues related to high estrogen levels.

The great thing about estrogen is that it promotes cell growth and cell division and that's not a good idea where cancer is. If there are any traces of cancer or pre-cancerous cells in your body when there are high levels of estrogen, estrogen will increase the cancer's growth. That's why estrogen dominance is something to worry about whether you're a man or a woman.

How does estrogen control occur?

There are estrogen sources that are estrogen sources that are produced in the body from ovaries, fat cells, and placenta during pregnancy, among others.

The adrenal cortex produces a precursor that produces estrogen as well. There are estrogen sources, estrogen sources that come from outside the body such as xenoestrogen which are basically chemicals that mimic estrogen in the body. Xenoestrogen is a major concern.

They come from plastic bottles, artificial foods, and processed foods. There are many things that lead to the creation of xenoestrogen. Drugs such as birth control pills can lower the toilet along with human remains and stay in our water supply and contribute to our estrogen issues. The problem with xenoestrogens in the body is that they contribute to high estrogen loads and that's not a good thing at all.

Phytoestrogen on the other hand is good in most cases. They are very weak estrogen. In the body, phytoestrogens replace xenoestrogens. They take up space in estrogen receptors so that xenoestrogens and the main estrogen in the female body (estradiol, estriol, and estrone) cannot attach to estrogen receptors.

This is good because pytoestrogen reduces estrogen action in the body. Phytestrogen is a natural estrogen that comes from plants. They are very weak and have minimal negative effects on the body. Flax is a widely discussed source of phytoestrogens. Any type of whole food diet will have phytoestrogens. One thing you want to be careful about is soy.

Soy is a very powerful phytoestrogen. It basically mimics estradiol in the body and its effects are strong. Thus, not only will it take the estrogen receptor site, but it will also increase the estrogen load in your body. There is a difference between hemp and soy. Flax is a very weak phytoestrogen and most of the plants are.

Soy is a very powerful phytoestrogen and actually increases the burden of estrogen in your body, so that is something you want to avoid.

To reduce estrogen dominance, you should eat a diet that is mostly whole. Eating vegetarian food mostly includes lots of fruits and vegetables. Fruit and vegetable fiber will help bind estrogen and release it through the colon.

Make sure your heart is healthy by processing estrogen. And make sure you get rid of it often. You should pass 2-3 bowel movements daily. If estrogen stays in your colon for a few days, it is absorbed back into your bloodstream and intoxicates you automatically.

These are just a few things to keep in mind as it lowers estrogen in the body. The last thing you want to do is pump your body full of estrogen, though you think it will make you slimmer because it will throw off your hormone balance.

Another reason why women tend to lose weight during menopause is because the ovaries produce less estrogen. Fat cells, which also produce estrogen, start to sag. Fat cells are now needed to produce more estrogen because the ovaries produce less. The body has a harder time removing the volume in fat cells generally due to the need to produce estrogen. It is more difficult for women to lose weight during menopause.

Having said that, I don't want you to think that menopause is the end of the world when it comes to losing fat because it isn't. You just need to be aware that the distribution of fat in your body will be different and you just need to be a little more diligent about your diet and exercise regime.

Strength training is important. Training cardio intervals to burn maximum calories in a short period of time will be very beneficial. Food intake needs to be minimized, but in reality, it only means that unhealthy foods should be minimized.

Hormonal changes will affect every woman differently in terms of their appetite so it's important to pay attention to your feelings. Be careful with your body and feed your body well which will not be wrapped in pounds. The key again is calories in instead of calories out. The best diet to lose fat around your abs is a very high fat diet.

That's a great lesson in the role of estrogen during menopause and before menopause and why it's harder to lose fat around your stomach. Now that you know what's going on in your body, you can handle it. It takes hard work. No one says it's easy to lose belly fat.

Remember, it will be the last fat place and the first place that happens. Just stay committed and keep your vision long-term. Keep up the great work and make sure you use the right exercises!


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