My intention for you and this post: (From here on out, I will be starting every single post with an intention. Intentions are powerful. Intentions are fuel for manifesting your goals and dreams. Intentions are seeds that become planted in your subconscious, and help bring forth your visions for your life into this reality).
I intend for you to read this post and feel inspired to make choices based on health and not looks. I intend for you to make peace with your body and stop fighting it. I intend for you to choose feeling good, having energy, and loving your body overall. So be it, and so it is.
Here’s the thing ladies, it doesn’t matter how many calories you count, how often you tweak your macros, or how many hours you put in the gym. If your hormones are unbalanced, it’s going to be so much harder to maintain any weight loss.
Listen, counting your macros and calories are useful tools for getting you to look a certain way, such as, if you’re trying to achieve a particular physique for a bodybuilding or figure competition. But, most of us, are not participating in some figure contest, and instead, we just want to know how to lose the baby weight, how to lose the “life-got-the-best-of-me-weight” and maintain it, for everyday living and health.
That comes from balancing your hormones and NOTHING ELSE!
No matter what physical goals you pursue later on in life, having balanced hormones is the utmost important health foundation that you need for your success, along with accountability.
For the purpose of this post, we’re going to focus on the foundation of hormonal balance.
Sure, you could skip making the effort of learning how to balance your hormones and jump straight into calorie counting, and yes, you will see results, but, the most important thing here, is that you keep the weight off. Who wants to lose 20 pounds, only to put it back on over and over again? And I know, that you know someone (maybe even yourself), that just keeps yo-yo dieting. They lose 20 pounds, later on, put on 10, they lose 5, then put on 15, and it just doesn’t end. Why? Because calorie and macro counting do NOT heal the root cause of your weight gain, or inability to lose weight—balancing your hormones DOES!
What sounds more appealing to you?
Counting calories for life in order to keep the weight off, or, balancing your hormones so naturally, over time, your body arrives at its perfect weight, and keeps you there forever?
Imma go with the latter.
Balancing your hormones is what makes tools like calorie and macro counting, much more efficient! If, in fact, you even need them afterward. Like I said, when you balance your hormones, your body will naturally shed any excess fat and bring you to its perfect and ideal weight.
But here’s the thing…
Your body will get you to its ideal weight, and that may not be the same ideal weight you have in your mind.
Many of us have a screwed up and media induced version, of the body we wish to have. So we bust our asses trying to achieve some 6 foot 1, Caucasian Victoria Secret model’s body, when we’re 5 feet 2, African American with curves for dayyyss. There is nothing wrong with either of these figures. But what is wrong, is when we strive to have bodies that go considerably against our natural genes.
Can genetics be altered? AB -SO-FREAKING-LUTLEY…to some degree. We can change our shape with calorie and macro counting, carb cycling, intermittent fasting, and many other tools, but all to a certain point. This is why figure competitors, don’t look that way all the time. Because that physique goes greatly against their natural genes and it’s impossible to maintain it and walk around looking that way 365 days a year. You can manipulate your genes to a certain point. The more you want to look a certain way that is farther than what your body naturally wants you to live at, the harder it will be, and the more tools you will need to bring on when you want a body that is vastly different than what your natural genes want you to have.
Let me give you a real-life example…
My husband is 6 feet tall. He is what’s called, “a hard gainer”. He has a really hard time putting on weight (boo hoo right? Fucker. Just kidding. I love him. But still, lucky bastard). His body naturally keeps him at 170-175 pounds. Now, in his mind, he would loveeeeee to weigh 200 pounds. He wants to put on 30 pounds of muscle, and he has done this in the past, but it consumed his whole life, and it was impossible to maintain long term.
For six months, he ate every 2 hours, took a gazillion supplements, powders, and products, cut his cardio by 80-90%, lifted heavy almost every single day, and just stuck to this steady regimen of eating, supplementing and lifting. Now, those things are naturally a part of a healthy lifestyle, but, he had to take everything to the extreme, just to alter his body’s natural physique, and to reach the one he desired to have. He got there, it was taxing, and he maintained it for another six months before he lost it all. Why we did he lose it? Because it was impossible to sustain that strict regimen long term. It was coming at the cost of his sanity and enjoyment of life.
He may be a man, but this applies to women as well. We will kill ourselves in the gym and eat as little as possible in order to look like the Instagram fitness sensations we see all the time. We obsess over every damn morsel and pinch every inch of fat, and for what? What does that help? We throw our money at highly advertised teas, pills, wraps, and trainers that promise to get us to our dream body without ever dealing with the root cause. I’m not here to knock trainers or the systems they use to help you achieve your goals. Every trainer goes into this profession with one intention- to help others. They do their job because they care. They care about you and they care about your happiness. I’m here to tell you that if you’re not feeling the way you want to feel, if you’re not getting the results you desire, you need to address the root cause- hormones. And if you’re looking to hire someone to help you tweak your physique, you will want to make sure you have a rock solid hormonal foundation from which to build upon.
Health comes first, looks later.
My husband has now made peace with his body and makes choices based on health and not looks.
Isn’t that a beautiful way to live?
Can you imagine how much happier, healthier, and wealthier we would be if we made choices based on health instead of looks???
My intention for you all is that in the process of balancing your hormones, you build a self-love that inspires you to care for you one and only body. It is my intention for you to live a life based on choices that promote health instead of looks. And the thing is, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to look good, rock a bikini or have a nice, tight and toned ass. Nothing wrong with that. The funny and awesome thing is, that when you make choices based on health, all of that, is a natural and perky side effect.
Balancing your hormones will bring you so much health, energy, vitality, and weight loss as a side effect. Many of us are happy with the body we arrive to once our hormones are balanced, and we learn to love it and make peace with it. For those of you that want to manipulate it a bit more, and see if you can get the physique you’ve been dreaming of, then at least you will have a rock solid foundation of balanced hormones that will make it a gazillion times easier and more effective for you to reach that goal.
So many women go into calorie and macro counting with whacked out hormones. This ends up putting a stressor on your body that later on, can cause you to plateau, slow down your results, or aggravate certain conditions.
Having crazy hormones goes beyond weight loss people! Having whacked out hormones can lead to the following symptoms and conditions:
- Foggy memory
- Weight gain
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Heavy periods
- Menstrual cramps
- Breast tenderness
- Feeling very emotionally sensitive
- Mood swings
- Vaginal dryness
- Low libido
- Sluggish metabolism
Now, sometimes these imbalances can lead to conditions such as:
- Cystic Fibroids
- Cancers such as breast, ovarian and cervical
These are all serious problems that plague women daily. They interfere with the quality of life we live, but guess what? You don’t have to let them! You can do something about this! None of these conditions are just “part of being a woman.” Oh HELLLL NO!!!!
These conditions are part of unbalanced hormones and can manifest in men as well.
Just because you’re a woman, doesn’t mean you have to settle for these symptoms and conditions.
It is your responsibility to take control of your health! It is your responsibility to do something about your suffering!
Your suffering is optional.
If you’re suffering any of these symptoms or living with any of those conditions, I say this with all of the love and compassion in the world, what the hell are you waiting for? Do something about it! You have one short life to freaking live! Educate yourself, hire someone, read some books, listen to podcasts, just do something! You don’t have to suffer any longer. Your suffering is entirely up to you, and how much effort you put into healing.
Now, in part two, I’m going to share with you four things you can do to start balancing your hormones. These are tips that the general female population can benefit from. If you’re interested in learning what you can do for your INDIVIDUAL hormonal issues, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or use my scheduler here to set up a free 40-minute consultation where we chat about you, what’s going on with your life and your health, and how I can help.
I hope this post has inspired you to take a different approach to your weight and overall health goals. Part Two:
4 Tips To Begin Balancing Your Hormones is coming soon! Stay tuned my friend!
In the comments below, I would love to hear from you:
What do you believe your biggest obstacle is to achieving your health and wellness goals? What topic(s) would you like to me to cover?
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