Fit at 40

How old do you feel? 

When asked that question, most of us tend to give a number which is a good few years younger than our actual age. I certainly feel younger than my chronological age, and I’m sure you do too. After all, ‘you’re only as old as you feel’, right?

I turned 40 and everything changed… Or maybe is it just my hormones?

When we are thinking about ourselves, age becomes just a number and feels somewhat meaningless. However, the positive way we tend to see our own age, doesn’t always translate to how we perceive the age of others.

I turned 40 and I always tell my clients age doesn’t define you. I have a mom that looks like she is 56 and is 74.  Maybe I have a serious age dysmorphia if that is a real thing.  However, I hit 40 and something has changed.

Can you relate to this?

  • I suddenly have a little belly
  • I can’t cheat as much as I used to on the weekends
  • I can’t rally if I get a bad night’s sleep
  • I have a few more aches and pains
  • I swear some days I can’t even form a sentence

I still believe that age is just a number. Hormones play a massive role in how your body functions. Most likely hormone imbalances and stress are the primary issue that are causing the changes.

What is my plan to fight the “Number”? I do exactly what I do with my clients.  I ran functional labs to see what is going on with my body. I am a firm believer in “Test don’t Guess”. I could start throwing supplements into my body and running random protocols, but that is not the answer.  I am going to gather the data, get back to the drawing board and prove that age has nothing to do with the sudden change at 40.

Age is just a NUMBER!!! 

I am a firm believer that you need to be proactive about your health not reactive. I hear so many people go on and on about how unhappy they are with their health, work, body, and relationships.  Nothing will change if you do not change yourself.

Taking a functional approach to health gives you the opportunity to learn so much and become your own health advocate for the rest of your life.  Don’t be the person who sits back and expects things to change without putting in the work. Be the person who puts the time, investment, and work into not being that “number” that defines you.

What Is Hormonal Weight Gain?

Listen up it may not be anything you are doing wrong!!! Do you live at the gym, eat perfect practice a healthy lifestyle, and see no results? In fact, you might even look puffier, feel tired, can’t think straight and just do not feel like you are in your own skin.

Well, this was me for years and years. I spent so much emotional energy beating myself up because I had no clue. I couldn’t get any results.

Luckily me I met a Functional Practitioner, and it opened the door for my health journey which led me to where I am today. It wasn’t anything I was doing except way too much working out. I needed to dig deeper literally looking at my body from the inside out.

I found out I was super estrogen dominant, and my cortisol was completed depleted. I also had very low DHEA and my neurotransmitters were off. Hence the extreme brain fog. I have always loved that I had such a great memory but suddenly I felt like I couldn’t put a sentence together. Going to the grocery store felt like running a marathon. This was before I even had a kid.

How many of you can relate to this?

Well, there is an answer I promise. Looking at your hormones and cortisol with a good lab test is the first step to navigating hormonal chaos. Stop beating yourself up and feeling like you need to work out more and eat less …. That is not the answer.

Here are some of the possible causes of Hormonal Weight gain:

  • Thyroid hormone deficiency
  • menopause
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Autoimmune Conditions
  • Estrogen dominance
  • Androgen imbalance
  • Insulin resistance
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • PCOS
  • Overtraining
  • Poor Diet
  • Growth hormone deficiency
  • Cortisol excess
  • Leptin resistance
  • Prolactin excess
  • Pituitary insufficiency
  • Infections in the gut such as SIBO, parasites or Candida

How Is Hormonal Weight Gain Diagnosed?

I use a Functional Lab called the Dutch test which is a urine test. It can help determine if a hormonal condition is the underlying cause of weight gain. It will check your 24 hours cortisol, estrogen, testosterone, DHEA, progesterone, organic acids, and neurotransmitters. The combination of the Laboratory test results, and client symptoms gives me insight to hormonal imbalances.

What Are the Possible Treatments for Hormonal Weight Gain?

  • Dietary and lifestyle modifications, including but not limited to exercise and stress reduction
  • Thyroid hormone replacement
  • Supplementation
  • Bioidentical Hormones

It is time to get your body back!!! No more using age as an excuse.

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