Mid-Life Hormones Quiz: Your Answers

by Belinda on January 19, 2013

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Thanks for completing my Mid-Life Hormones Quiz ?

If you have any questions about your own hormonal symptoms or how to feel better naturally please post below and I’ll reply back personally.

Here are the correct answers!

1. Between the ages of 35-50 estrogen drops by 35% & progesterone drops by 75%.

> True
> False

Answer: True

Hormonal changes start a lot earlier than we’ve been led to believe. Most women don’t realize that weight gain, fatigue, poor sleep and stress-sensitivity can be attributed to changing hormones (especially from the age of 40 onwards).

Tip: If you suspect your hormones are changing but aren’t sure, please register here my free online training to learn more about the typical symptoms and what to do.

2. Which is the most common during perimenopause?

> Increased cellulite
> Weight gain around the tummy
> Loss of muscle tone
> Loss of muscle strength

Answer: Weight gain around the tummy.

Body fat is a secondary source of estrogen production. So as the ovaries produce less estrogen our body compensates by gaining weight, especially around the tummy. Hormonal changes also result in loss of muscle tone and strength which makes cellulite worse.

Tip: A few simple lifestyle changes can make it a lot easier to lose weight. Focus on improving sleep and reducing stress first so you can feel better. As you feel better, it will be a lot easier to modify your eating and lose weight. Avoid dieting, going low carb or low fat as all of these will slow your metabolism, increase fatigue and worsen your hormonal symptoms.

3. Which of these is true once our hormones start changing?

> We need to go low carb
> We need to go low fat
> We need to go low calorie
> We need more protein

Answer: We need more protein.

As our hormones change we don’t metabolize or absorb protein as easily. Adequate protein is vital now because hormonal changes lead to a loss of muscle tone and strength. It’s very important to make sure you’re getting the right amount of protein from a variety of sources on a daily basis.

Tip: More protein doesn’t necessarily mean more meat. Salmon is a great source of protein and includes Omega 3’s with the right ratio of EPA and DHA to help to balance your hormones and symptoms. Hemp protein powder has a great mix of essential amino acids and nutrients which will also help improve your hormonal symptoms.

4. Digestive issues like bloating, gas and food sensitivities can be caused by hormonal changes.

> True
> False

Answer: True

Hormonal changes leads to an increase in cortisol and adrenalin which disrupts your digestion.

Tip: It’s important to eat the right foods at the right time of the day to improve your digestion, boost your energy, lose weight more easily and sleep well at night. Please watch my free online training to learn more about eating in harmony with your hormones.

5. Which hormone deficiency is responsible for poor sleep and stress-sensitivity?

> Estrogen
> Progesterone

Answer: Progesterone

Progesterone is the “chill out” hormone. It drops by 75% between the ages of 35-50 so many women find they are more easily stressed, anxious and upset. Little things bother you more than before. This also contributes to moodiness.

Tip: Reduce your commitments and make more time for YOU! It’s important to give yourself permission to relax and do less. If you’re not already, try a mindfulness, sleep or meditation app. Even a few minutes a day will make a difference!

6. Which hormone deficiency is responsible for cravings, low energy and fatigue?

> Estrogen
> Progesterone

Answer: Estrogen

Our body tries to compensate for dropping estrogen by gaining weight and this leads to cravings, especially for carbs and sugar. Sometimes these cravings are overwhelming. I call them the “crazy cravings” and they often peak mid to late afternoon.

Tip: Skipping breakfast and having coffee on an empty stomach is the worst thing you can do – it will lead to low blood sugar and cravings later in the day. Start the day well with the right breakfast and you’ll notice less cravings and a big shift in your energy levels.

7. As our hormones start changing it’s important to:

> Workout harder and longer
> Do more cardio
> Start weight training
> Do gentle bodyweight exercise

Answer: Do gentle bodyweight exercise

Our body is more stress-sensitive now so working out how we used to often leads to exhaustion and weight gain through increased cortisol. Gentle bodyweight exercise will improve your lymphatic system to help remove excess hormones and toxins. It will also increase muscle tone to help improve cellulite.

Tip: Aim to workout 3 times a week for 30 minutes. If this is doable for you my program has the ideal routines for women over 40. Your body is changing, you need to do things differently now.

Next Steps

If you’ve found this information helpful and you’d like to learn more, then please register for my free online training.

If you’re interested in a program that’s designed especially for women experiencing mid-life hormonal changes then please book a call with me now.

It’s my passion to help women feel and look a lot, lot better.

You don’t have to suffer in silence anymore, you’re not alone and there is help ?

Hug, Bel XO

P.S. If you have any questions about your own hormonal symptoms or how to feel better naturally please post below and I’ll reply back personally.

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P.S. You may also enjoy this blog:

Your Crazy Mid-Life Hormones: Fat Loss, Fitness and Staying Sane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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