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Your Body’s Message: Hormones and Your Unique Shape

Ever wondered why your body rocks its own distinct shape? Well, hang on tight because we’re about to unravel the secret language it’s been speaking all this time. I’m here to be your guide on this self-discovery journey, where we’ll dive into the fascinating connection between your body shape and those sneaky hormones running the show.

Our bodies? They’re like personalized storybooks, narrating tales of genetics, lifestyle choices, and the hormonal hustle behind the scenes. But here’s the kicker – the changes we want to make in our appearance are within our grasp. So, let’s shift gears and explore the mysteries of our body shapes, understanding what they reveal about our hormones, and most importantly, how we can take charge of our unique selves.

Identifying Different Body Shapes

Now, many of us want to shed a few pounds. The old-school advice tells us to eat less and move more, but is it really that straightforward? Depending on what’s cooking inside your body, there might be more to the story. Extreme diets and intense workouts might do more harm than good, especially if hormonal imbalances are at play.

Cortisol Shape

Ever heard of the cortisol shape? A round face and extra weight around the middle might be signaling that it’s time to dial down the stress. Your main stress hormone, cortisol, is likely playing a role in that belly and back fat. Whether it’s a demanding job or a less obvious stress trigger like living in a moldy space, something is nudging your body into a stress-response mode, holding onto fat for dear life.

Thyroid Shape (Rectangle Shape, Fat Feels Everywhere)

Now, let’s talk about the thyroid shape. Your thyroid hormones are the maestros orchestrating your fat-burning symphony. An overactive thyroid makes fat storage a challenge, while an underactive one turns burning fat into an uphill battle. If your weight has been on a rollercoaster ride or you find yourself craving carbs, your thyroid might be pulling the strings.

Insulin Shape (Apple, Swollen Belly)

Moving on to the insulin shape – an apple with a swollen belly. Apart from your belly, the rest of your body might not carry excess weight, but that swollen belly? It’s not just fat; it’s ascites, a fluid buildup caused by an overloaded liver. If you’ve got that “beer belly” vibe, your liver might be working overtime to process alcohol, sugar, and processed foods.

Estrogen Shape (More Weight around Hips and Thighs)

Finally, let’s chat about the estrogen shape – more weight around the hips and thighs. This could be your body’s way of saying there’s a surplus of estrogen on board. Environmental factors, perimenopause, post-baby hormonal shifts, or lifestyle choices could be the culprits. If along with the extra curves, you’re dealing with symptoms like acne, PMS, or mood swings, it’s time to navigate the estrogen highway.

Stay tuned as we break down each shape and offer practical steps to harmonize those hormones and embrace your unique self. Ready to unlock the secrets of your body? 

What to do now?

So, you’ve been hearing the classic “just eat less” mantra, but let’s be real, it’s not that simple. It’s time to dive into the often-overlooked world of hormonal imbalances that could be holding you back from shedding those extra pounds and achieving that toned physique once and for all. Forget the quick fixes – it’s about mastering your metabolism for lasting change.

Here’s a game-changer you can start today: welcome more Zone 2 heart rate walks into your routine. Zone 2 is like the VIP section for fat burning – you should be able to chat comfortably but start feeling that breath get a bit heavier. Incorporating a few Zone 2 walks throughout your day can supercharge your weight loss journey.

Curious about the nitty-gritty tailored to your body shape? Let’s chat! Schedule a mini session with me, and together, we’ll unravel the mystery of why those pounds are sticking around. Get ready to discover the exact steps to transform your body composition and bring those hormones into harmony. It’s time to take charge of your wellness journey!

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Brit Bailey, MSNHP, RDN,LDN