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Most Indian women have the same problem area when it comes to losing weight - the hips and the thighs! It is often the last place where we lose weight even after exercising well and following a healthy diet. Why is it so? And what can we do about it?
Deanne Panday, celebrity trainer and author of Shut Up and Train! believes that the culprit is our hormones (oestrogen and progesterone). In addition to this fact, even small changes in our environment, the way we eat, how much we sleep and exercise all play a role in determining the amount of fat we accumulate. Calculate how much weight you can lose in a month here.
She says, oestrogen and progesterone are hormones produced by a woman s ovaries and are vital to their health. These two hormones exist in a delicate balance, and when that delicate balance is thrown off, various health complications can ensue. They play an important role in keeping the waist of a woman tiny and melting away fat in major problem areas like the hips and thighs.
According to her, oestrogen works against the action of insulin and progesterone works against cortisol. When both insulin and cortisol are produced in excess, they lead to the retention of fat essentially around the belly.
When it comes to your hips and thighs Deanne says, Oestrogen is the main hormone that increases fat around the hips and thighs. But progesterone works with oestrogen to stop this. When a woman is stressed this natural process does not occur. High stress levels means higher levels of cortisol, which in turn depresses the level of progesterone. So if you are a woman and you see fat accumulating around your waist, you need to de-stress!'. Along with that, you can try some exercises too.
How to increase your oestrogen levels
Another factor is age. As we age we tend to accumulate more hormone mimicking chemicals in our body. This leads to an imbalance and we eventually end up producing lesser amounts of the essential hormones oestrogen and progesterone.
According to Deanne, having shapely thighs and a tiny waist are the result of a combination of eating right, de-stressing and living clean. All these habits help to put your hormones back in synch with each other, reducing your waist size in turn.
She says, Isn t it nice to know that you don t have to bust your bottom on the treadmill to lose fat on your hips and thighs? Instead just eat right, lift weights to increase HGH (human growth hormone) and spend a day shopping, or at the spa. Do yoga take up Thai Chi, de-stress you hips and thighs will thank you for it . Here are some exercises to lose weight for your lower body. Also read how to stay healthy with a healthy vegetarian diet.
Deanne s quotes are from her latest book Shut Up and Train! You can buy the book here.
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