The top 5 hormones that can help or hinder your weight loss

So it’s that time of year again, when we decide to lose some weight for the New Year. Many of us start off well but by the end of January we are losing the will!

But it’s not just diet and exercise that affects your weight. Your hormones play a huge part, which is why it is so much harder to lose the weight as you get older.

Hormones control our metabolism, hunger, cravings, energy levels, motivation and the way we store or burn fat. No wonder we find it difficult!

Nicki WilliamsThe top 5 hormones that can help or hinder your weight loss
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Oestrogen dominance; what you need to know

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.

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9 foods to boost your energy

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.

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7 things the man in your life needs to know about peri-menopause

Going through peri-menopause can be turbulent for any woman, but it can also be a very scary time for men as they see the woman they love morphing into some angry stranger!

If the man in your life is struggling to understand your strange behaviour lately, you may want to leave this guide lying around….

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Is hormonal weight gain getting you down?

Are you suffering from hormonal weight gain? If weight gain is all about eating too much and not doing enough exercise, then how come you can often get away with it when you’re young, but once you’re over 40 you just need to look at a doughnut and you put on half a stone, and to lose it you have to do some extreme diet and run a marathon every day?! Keeping it off and living a normal life seem impossible.

Experts now believe that it’s not only diet and exercise that affect your weight. Genetics play a part, but so do environmental factors and importantly your hormones.

Nicki WilliamsIs hormonal weight gain getting you down?
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Brace yourself…..it’s going to be emotional!

I’m talking World Cup 2014 of course! Whether you love it or hate it, you won’t be able to ignore it. It all kicks off this Thursday for 3 weeks of beers, late nights, blood, sweat and more than a few tears if you’re an England fan.

This is as emotional as some men get you know!

But for women, our emotions can rule our lives, especially if we have a hormone imbalance. Who isn’t a bit crazy going through puberty, weepy during pregnancy or ready to kill during a bad bout of PMS?

Nicki WilliamsBrace yourself…..it’s going to be emotional!
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Why we need cholesterol

My dad is an integrative GP who firmly believes in the power of diet and lifestyle as medicine. Here is his take on cholesterol and why we need it.

It was not until the mid 20th century that we started to fear saturated fat and cholesterol. Our grandparents ate lots of meat and butter and they were pretty robust. In the early 1900’s most of us had a hard time keeping weight on, while heart disease was almost non-existent. Compare that to the present day, where people are obsessed with low-fat diets and cutting cholesterol with little to show for it. This fat phobia has contributed to a national obesity rate of 35%, where one-third of all deaths are blamed on heart disease. Something just doesn’t add up…

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12 reasons your grandma had happier hormones

Women from all ages have suffered hormone imbalances.  However, more and more of us modern women are suffering from PMS, fatigue, weight gain, memory loss, mood swings, brain fog, night sweats and hot flushes.

Maybe its because our grandmas lives were healthier than ours?

My grandma was a bundle of energy. She had a very active life right up until she died too early in a car accident. She was only 63 and had so much more to give.  But she lived a healthy life and never had any hormone issues.  Here’s why I think that may have been;

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Over 40 and feeling it in your joints?

We had such a lovely weekend of spring sunshine, I wanted to talk about joints and joint pain today.  My husband used to love going for a run early in the morning as the sun was coming up (or rain more often than not!). He has had to stop just recently, as his knees hurt whenever he runs.  He is really gutted about this, it was his favourite way to exercise.

I often hear people saying that now they’re over 40, they can’t do the things they used to – due to knee, hip, shoulder or back pain.

Nicki WilliamsOver 40 and feeling it in your joints?
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5 healthy swaps for happy hormones!

Hormones are a girl’s (and guy’s) best friend. On top of all the vital jobs they do for us in our bodies, they can make us feel energetic, happy, sexy and can also help keep us slim and healthy.  If they are not working well, we can get the usual hormonal issues like PMS, infertility and low libido.  But hormone imbalances can also make us feel exhausted, stressed, anxious, depressed, irritable, forgetful and unable to concentrate. We might have digestive issues, poor skin, hair and nails, frequent infections, or stubborn weight gain that we can’t shift.

Nicki Williams5 healthy swaps for happy hormones!
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