Fitness is about more than calories in vs. calories out. It’s about balancing your internal environment to optimize the calorie-burning machine known as your body. I know I know, your friend who has worked out all his life disagrees. Your other friend who reads health blogs and weighs her food says I’m stupid. Your acquaintance who pretends he is a personal trainer because he gets paid $20 an hour to bring a family member through a few hours of exercise a week says I’m an idiot. Listen to me…I’m right. Calories in vs. calories out will be successful for about 60% of people under 40. If you narrow the group to females and includes the 40 and over range, your success rate drops to about 30%. If you still don’t believe me, stop for a moment to consider the females over 40 you know who have tried calories in vs. calories out. How many of them are overweight and stuck? A big part of the blame rests on the shoulders of our imbalanced hormones. In our minds, training should be as easy as “exercise – eat less calories – lose body fat”. The reality is that exercising and EATING RIGHT stimulate a hormonal response with growth hormone, estrogen, testosterone, IGF-1, etc. to help our bodies retain lean body mass (the stuff we like) and crush fat (the stuff we don’t like). The number one question I get from clients is, “How do I get rid of fat around my thighs?” First, where does the big pear shape come from? If you have extra body fat all over, you first need to work on balancing your food to increase minerals, decrease garbage calories and get enough healthy fat. If you’ve done that and have a disproportionately high amount of body fat on the hips, there’s a good chance your blood chemistry is high in “bad estrogen”. This is a condition we call “estrogen dominance”. Women have a few different types of estrogen in their bodies. Some promote cancer, some fight heart disease. High bad estrogens and low good estrogens can result in extra fat around the butt and thighs. Luckily, there’s a great food you can eat to help rebalance all these things.
THE MAGIC REBALANCING FOOD IS…..
Watercress. Watercress is in a family of foods that is heralded as being one of the best at rebalancing estrogens and aiding in cutting pesky fat you’ve been unable to touch with calories in vs. calories out….and guess what?….it’s delicious. Sauteed watercress in coconut oil and garlic, topped with celtic sea salt. Is a super-food breakfast that can dramatically aid in targeted body fat reduction. Bon Appetite!