Female Gaining Weight While Working Out – Authentic Answer

female gaining weight while working out
from 6-7 times a week working out with lots of cardio to 3-4 times a week and cardio cut in half!

Are You A Female Gaining Weight While Working Out?

Fat-Loss And Results Stalled?

Why Hormones Might Be The Problem.

For starters, throw away everything in that brain of yours, ladies, about what you think you know about weight loss and fat loss. It isn’t always just about your diet and not exercising enough.  Personal training clients for over 19 years have shown me this is true. The fact is it is harder for women to lose weight today than it was when I first walked into the industry.
Back then, it was as easy as eating good whole foods and prescribing weight training along with less cardio. Women notoriously under-eat, and this is where the slippery slope begins. Most women I work with will do lots of cardio without thinking about it. However, they will run away from a dumbbell for fear of becoming a man.
Over the course of my coaching career, I have steadily noticed it is harder and harder to help a woman lose weight. This was frustrating, and with it came a learning curve from hell to overcome. The old adage among coaches is that if you are truly in a deficit, you should be losing weight or violating the law of thermodynamics. So what did we all do? Cut more food, prescribe more cardio, and add more exercises. Anything to create a further deficit in our clients.
Guess what happened? Shockingly, they quit losing weight and even put on body fat from being driven into the ground. How could this be possible? I had no clue, but I was about to seek more education to help the women I coach more. Enter functional medicine.
For a long time, functional medicine has gotten the rap that it is voodoo bullshit. I thought the same thing. The thing is, functional medicine actually works. You have to overlook the marketing gimmicks of their titles more often than not, but littered on pages is a bunch of stuff that puts together pieces to the puzzle.
I began devouring countless books, articles, and recent research while applying the new education to my female client base. Slowly, changes started occurring. Understanding stress and its effects on women’s hormones is a woman’s biggest component when approaching a health and fitness program.

Female Gaining Weight While Exercising – WHY?!?!?!?

Let’s face it, ladies, you all are damn machines. Created magnificently to endure a lot of stress. This is where the problem begins. Women will take every stress possible, carry it, add more, and seek out even more stress afterward. Now, the slow drain begins. You can see this in women who will say their belly is getting fatter and they have done everything they can think of. This is because cortisol binds to belly fat cells better than anywhere else in the body.
Nothing will de-rail your progress faster than stress. Dieting, eating less calories than your body needs to function, is a stressor. Cardiovascular exercise, along with resistance training, is a stressor. Combine these things with work, partners, possibly kids, and endless drama with friends and you have a recipe for frustration. You can overdo things, and it is not uncommon for me to see women in their early 30s with a hormone panel that resembles a 60-year-old woman after menopause.
Women usually have terrible digestion issues. When you are stressed, your body shuts off digestion because it thinks a threat is lurking. This is how women get issues such as Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, which is when the bad bugs in your belly are beating up on the good bugs, causing bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation, to name a few fun things.
Would you be shocked if I told you your liver is part of your digestion process and where most of T3, your body’s active fat-burning hormone, is made? What about creating hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone? This is why gut health is vital when pursuing a fat loss and weight loss program.
The other thing is when you are stressed, your body lowers your thyroid output. This is a conservation tactic by your body to make sure it has the energy it needs to run away from the lion if it needs to. Women who have gut issues usually have a slow thyroid. Women will tell you their thyroid is the problem, but what really is the problem is stress.
One final thing stress does specifically in women is something known as “the progesterone steal.” Because of the hormonal pathways, cortisol can steal from progesterone, and slowly, progesterone will steal from estrogen and testosterone. When this happens, the hormone balance begins to shift until adrenal fatigue occurs. When this happens, it is a good one-year process to fix.
If you are a female who is gaining weight while working out, I first encourage my female clients to lower stress. That begins with us actually eating food for us to get hormones back in balance. When you are stressed, your body pumps cortisol out. Cortisol raises blood glucose levels. You can see this by taking your fasting blood glucose levels daily. If it is consistently higher than 100, you begin addressing sleep and gut health. The goal is to consistently get blood glucose levels below 95, preferably under 90, to keep fat storage at a minimum.
The next thing is to increase calories. Yes, ladies, you need to eat more. Weight loss and fat loss are slower processes for you all, but it does not mean you cannot get to where you want to. You just have to be more patient, that’s all. Delete from your mind all those silly teas, wraps, and detox diets you have tried. They have landed you in your spot because your body reacts to them as a stressor due to their extreme nature.
The third thing we do is set up a reasonable cardiovascular and resistance training program. We aim to increase your health and fitness, not continually leaving your body in a depleted state ripe for illness or injury. Things like walking, yoga, and meditation are heavily encouraged because they engage the relaxed and digestion side of your nervous system.
Hopefully, as you can see, it is not for lack of effort or discipline as to why you are not achieving the results you would like to. There are other things at play and understanding the stress component will help you get back on track in no time.
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