If you have a normally functioning thyroid, you may be a bit skeptical when you hear a woman with some extra weight blaming it on her thyroid.
But thyroid conditions are absolutely real and becoming much more common, especially in women over 35. And if you have low levels of thyroid hormone it is extremely difficult to lose any weight – believe me I’ve been there!
Nicki WilliamsHow to tell if you’re thyroid is struggling and 13 tips to help it naturally
Why is weight loss so much harder as you get older? You’ve always been able to lose weight if you set your mind to it, right? You go on holiday, put on half a stone, get back and go on that old diet that always used to work a treat.
Except that now you’re in your 40’s or 50’s, that old diet just doesn’t work any more. You literally have to STARVE to lose any weight, and you probably know that you’ve just lost fluid and muscle! The minute you look at a piece of bread, that weight’s right back on.
So what’s going on? Why is it so damned difficult to shed the pounds after 40?
Nicki Williams23 reasons you’re struggling with weight loss after 40
Adrenal fatigue has become the new buzz word and it’s becoming an epidemic in the Western world. It’s actually just a more technical term for ‘burnout’ – when you have been stressed for a period of time and your adrenals are struggling to cope.
Nicki WilliamsAre you suffering from adrenal fatigue?
Food cravings…Are they real? Or are we just all weak when it comes to choosing healthy food options?
I’m not talking weird pregnancy cravings here (they have their own story), I’m talking about those daily cravings that you can’t ignore. That morning Starbucks, the afternoon cake/chocolate run in the office, the late night crisp munchies. The ones that rule you, day in day out, and ultimately may be ruining your health too.
Seriously, what the hell happens to our hormones as we get older?
I know we all hit ‘middle age’ at different times, but it hit me at around 41. I felt fine on my 40th birthday – in fact I had a big party. I wore my little black dress, and remember getting quite a few compliments on how I wasn’t looking my age…assuming they weren’t being sarcastic (or polite!).
It’s the same for many after the Christmas and New Year excesses. Fatigue, exhaustion, bloating and general lethargy set in and you just want to hibernate under your duvet. Welcome to the January blues!
On top of that, you’ve probably decided it’s a good time to go on a diet or start a new fitness regime to get yourself healthy, which is making you even more miserable (especially if you’re doing the no alcohol January Dryathlon!).
One of the reasons your’re feeling so run down and de-motivated is that your hormones have taken a huge battering over the festive period and are in major payback mode.
Oestrogen (or estrogen) dominance is a term used for when we have too much oestrogen (or too little progesterone to balance it out).
And it could be the reason for increasing numbers of women suffering from PMS, heavy periods, breast tenderness, headaches, bloating and hormonal weight gain.
These are the main symptoms of oestrogen dominance, but too much oestrogen can also lead to fibroids, endometriosis, fibrocystic breast disease and oestrogen related cancers such as breast and ovarian. All of which are on the rise.
Nicki WilliamsOestrogen dominance; what you need to know
Do you need an energy boost? Fatigue is such a common complaint in my clinic. How many people do you know that can say they have endless energy all day long (and are over 40!)?
But whatever age you are, if you are tired it’s a sign that something isn’t right. We should have plenty of energy to get through the day without wanting a little nap here or there. Or having to rely on coffee or sugary snacks for a quick energy hit.
There are multiple possible reasons for feeling fatigued, but diet is a major factor and making some smart changes can make a huge difference to your energy levels.