Women who struggle with their weight may want to bang their head on a wall if they get on the scales and their efforts of the week haven’t created the result they wanted. You will probably feel like giving up. I have came across this a lot in Personal Training.
There is one thing that makes women physically different to a man - that is hormones. Underneath this umbrella of hormones there is so much information to understand you probably need to be a doctor or even a specialist in endocrinology to fully understand the depth of what there is to know.
Men and women have different levels of each hormone - but the biggest thing is that through ovulation women’s hormones are way more complex to control or more likely to fall out of sync. The balance of estrogen and proestrogen is finely tuned as one off sets the other. There are 3 different types of oestrogen just to complicate things and their functions are to keep you feminine. If our hormones are uncontrolled or out of sync like during the menstrual cycle they have a knock on effect on lots of other physiological ‘stuff’.
One of which is our weight through water retention mot probably and our body fat. In other words women would POTENTIALLY find it harder to lose weight because of this.
Let me give you some information to stop you denting the wall with your head next time you don’t lose weight and just so you can get a sense of the complexity of weight loss.
We have 2 types of fat.
•Visceral fat - this is the fat around our organs. It has greater blood supply , it has beta-receptors , more responsive to cortisol ,less sensitive to insulin easier to use.
•Subcutaneous fat is what hangs over our waist, less blood supply , lots more beta receptors means it's less reaponsive to fat burning catechlomines and has less blood supply.
I know what you are thinking - “ What the hell do all these big words mean”
You don’t need to know the big words, but I've put them there so you can get a grasp that weight loss has ALOT MORE factors than just burning calories.
There are 3 key steps required to burn fat.
- Release ; Fat has to be released from the Cell. This is known as Lipolysis
- Delivery. Fat then has to travel through the blood stream and be delivered to a cell that will burn it.
- Burn: Finally has to enter the destination cell to be burnt off. This is called lipid oxidisation.
STRUGGLING FOR MOTIVATION?
Again with the big words just to push the issue of how many factors weight loss has. Two enzymes regulate the enter and exit of fat cells. Lipoproetin protein (LPL) responsible of fat storage and Hormone sensitive Lipse (HSL) which involves the release of fat cells to be be burnt .
So just a few of these hormones are :
These 3 hormones effect the LPL and HSL activity.
These also effect it . And there are even more hormones than this!
So back to basics. We know that exercise and low sugar diets MASSIVELY help us control our hormones. If our hormones are in check it is easier for us to lose weight - females should therefore not just focus on their weekly weigh inbut the result over a few weeks.
If you lose 3 lb one week and 0 the next then this is still success - your body is just adapting to what you are doing and it may be going though other fluctuations we just don’t understand. Think long term but don’t use this as an excuse. CONSISTENCY always prevails when it come comes to losing weight - results will not be a weekly thing. There are just too many factors that play a role - lifestyle, behaviours and hormonal.
So stop banging your head on the wall - be patient , consistent, have a clear plan and the results will come.