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I am 60 years old and am consistent in my yoga workouts. However, I am unable to lose the weight around my waist. Could this have to do because of a hormone imbalance? I refuse to take ambirin. Thank you for your advice.

Answer:

Losing weight around the waist is often a difficult task for people of all ages. It is possible that your weight gain is menopause related fat gain, especially if it is only your belly. This type of fat gain is hormone related as it is due to the reduced levels of estrogen and increased levels of testosterone that your body produces post menopause. This type of fat is often referred to as visceral fat which accumulates inside your body in the belly area around your internal organs. This is difficult stubborn fat to reduce and will require changes in both your diet and exercise routine. Firstly you only outlined yoga as your current form of exercise. Yoga is excellent and great for maintaining flexibility but will not significantly help fat loss. If not already doing so I would include some form of medium duration, medium intensity cardio exercise, say 20-30 minutes at 65% heart rate which is optimal for fat loss. You should not be exhausted when doing this and be able to hold a conversation whilst exercising. This will help reduce the visceral fat. Secondly I would introduce some foods into your diet that can help balance and regulate your hormone profile. A number of different good fats have been indicated to be of benefit pre and post menopause such as gamma linoleic acid and Omega 3’s. The benefits of adding good fats to your diet are numerous and I would suggest using a blend of Omega 3,6 and 9’s such as Udo’s oil or any other available product. This also contains Evening primrose oil and can added to salad dressings, mixed in with yoghurt or taken alone. It should never be heated though. I would also include Broccoli and other members of the cruciferous family vegetables such as kale, cabbage and cauliflower. These vegetables particular broccoli contain antioxidant compounds known as sulforaphanes. One theory has it that they contain detoxification enzymes, called sulforaphanes which help balance the hormonal estrogen balance. Finally I would look at meal timing, try to consume the bulk of your calories early in the day, whilst I appreciate this is difficult for most people, try having a few days a week where you don’t eat anything after 4:00pm. You will find that having a few days with a reduced calorie intake particularly during the evening period should also help lose some of the stubborn fat.

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