As Kimberly discussed a few weeks ago in her post, “Your Natural Weight Loss Plan of Eating,” an extremely efficient way to lose excess weight is to eat for your body chemistry. As she so succinctly put it, “if you are eating properly, and your body is in balance chemically, you will be at the right weight for you.”
To determine how to eat for your body chemistry, you first need to determine which hormonal category you fall into. During menopause, Ive found that things arent as simple as just too much or too little of any given hormone. Instead, my patients tended to experience a total shift in their entire physical and chemical makeup that manifested as one of two patterns. Their body and brain chemistry tended toward becoming either too fast or too slow. For this reason, I call the first pattern estrogen deficiencyfast processor. The second is its mirror image: estrogen deficiencyslow processor.
An estrogen deficiencyfast processor woman is in menopause with too little estrogen. Characteristics include:
Thin, dry skin and tissues
Menopause hot flashes
Increased risk for heart disease and osteoporosis
An estrogen deficiencyslow processor woman is also in menopause, but she has the opposite body type and temperament. Characteristics include:
Plumper/difficult time losing weight
Stronger bones and connective tissue
Thicker skin and hair
Based on these characteristics, if you determine that you are a fast processor, follow this eating plan. If you are a slow processor, this diet will best suit you.
The majority of women over age 50 fall distinctly into one hormonal category. However, you may find that, whether you are predominantly a fast processor or slow processor, you still have some traits that fit in the other category. If thats the case, you should still follow the eating plan for your predominant hormone type. However, most women over 50 are usually at one end of the hormonal spectrum or another, and tend not to be “hybrids.”