Body Types and Hormones
(A missing key to your success)
Happy holidays everyone!!! My gift to you this month, is going to be some knowledge and keys to help you trim down and stay healthy. This is probably that last thing most of us are thinking about during this holiday season but I know it is VERY important. Most of my blogs have been about living a healthy lifestyle and get fit, but this is a little more specific. You all have been working hard in the gym and trying your best to eat right and some unfortunately have been struggling with little to no success. Sometimes it’s not what you’re doing that is the issue, but more the fact that your body is not working with you. Your hormones play a big part in your body transition and the best thing is to have information and use that information to the best of your ability. Knowledge alone isn’t power, applied knowledge is power!
There are 4 specific body types that I am going to talk about and you can also watch a great seminar on youtube by Dr. Eric Berg, that will give more details. I have a great thirst for knowledge and it has helped me in my personal life and also my professional life and I hope this will help you as well. The four body types are adrenal, thyroid, estrogen, and liver.
ADRENAL (STRESS) I personally think this shape is the most common and unfortunately most hazardous to your health because the fat sits on your vital organs right around your midsection. Your adrenal glands sit on the kidneys and deal with stress. Stress is important for your survival when facing danger because it triggers your fight-or-flight response by triggering the hormone cortisol. The problem with this is many overstress themselves, increasing the levels of cortisol which it turn builds up fat around your midsection along with other problems.
Signs and symptoms- These types tend to be edgy and irritable and oftentimes others get on their nerves. Poor sleep patterns, constant worry, excessive thinking, brain fog, poor memory, and weight gain are all common with these types.
What to eat
THYRIOD (METOBOLIC) Your thyroid resides in the front of your lower neck and is about 2.5 inches wide. It makes hormones that control the metabolism in all your cells, which is why thyroid types tend to get big all over. Many thyroid body types are triggered by the hormone estrogen. As estrogen becomes dominant, your thyroid slows down and over time, can become sluggish.
Signs and symptoms- Along with weight struggles, those with a thyroid body type also often suffer hair loss, saggy skin under the arms, ridged nails, and loss of the outer eyebrows. Thyroid types also tend to reach for simple carbs, such as bread, for quick energy to rev their sluggish metabolism.
What to eat
ESTROGEN (OVARY) - This is due to overactive ovaries and usually happens for young women once they start to menstruate or women who have children. Like the thyroid shape, too much estrogen triggers the ovary body type. Many ovary body types turn into thyroid types after pregnancy due to the spike in estrogen, especially if the woman develops a thyroid problem during or shortly after having the baby.
Signs and symptoms- Ovary types can also suffer heavy periods and develop facial hair and acne, especially during that time of the month. Anything that is cyclic, such as headaches, PMS, bloating, and depression, can occur frequently with the ovary type, oftentimes during ovulation or about one week before a menstruation. They also tend to crave dairy because of the hormones.
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LIVER (BLOATED) - Your liver is a 3-pound organ under your right rib cage that filters toxins and helps digest your food. Liver types typically have thin legs and a protruding belly and are more common in males. These types have a condition called ascites, which is essentially the liver leaking a plasma-like fluid into the sac that sits just above our intestines. Since the liver type has this belly pooch, people often equate them to having a fat stomach, but in reality, they actually have low body fat. Even if the person is 300 pounds, if most that weight in their tummy, a lot of it could be fluid.
Signs and symptoms- Liver types inevitably wake up with low blood sugar and are irritable because of it. They also have digestive problems such as gas, bloating and heartburn after they eat because of their sluggish digestive juices. This means food is not broken down thoroughly, and if bile isn’t released, the person will feel unsatisfied and crave quick carb energy.
What to eat
There is a large possibility that you can be a mix of more than one type. I would recommend seeing your doctor or taking some tests to see if you are suffering from any of these symptoms. My blogs are for information purpose to increase you knowledge and understanding on health related issues. I hope this has shed some light onto some new ways you can tackle your weight loss challenges.
Thank you all again for all your support and especially the love you have given to my wonderful wife Tiffany. She is a super woman and I tell her everyday but its better when she hears it from all of you!
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Dan has been a personal trainer since 2008.