So I am approaching 50 and my body is changing all the time. One size does not fit all. It’s a myth that pilates or any other kind of exercise makes you slim. Flat abdominals always start in the kitchen. Everyone is different and this is why consultations are so important. We need to access rather than guess. A females body is in a constant hormone fluctuation and is designed to bear children. If you want optimal results for your body, you must optimise your nutrition. One major challenge when training women is understanding their fat to carbohydrate to protein ratio.
Protein is an important building block in the development of essential neurotransmitters and hormones. When studying protein deficiency and over training, a strong correlation can be seen in the following symptoms:
- Abnormal energy highs and lows
- Reduced ability to concentrate
- Lack of motivation
- Anti- socialism
- Poor recovery from exercise
- Reduced sex drive
A lot of women will remain overweight plus put on more weight by doing the wrong type of exercise for their body. For example, the body cannot tell the difference between a divorce and a high impact exercise. This is why spin, hot yoga, hit, insanity, bootcamp and other high impacts exercises can be the worst sort of training for SOME women. It just produces more inflammation and cortisol, causing more weight gain.
So what clients do I work with? I take all males and females who want to look at the root cause of the bodily injury, illness or disease through a four hour consultation; I treat the person not the condition or disease.
When training women, both hormones and age must be taken into account, especially if they are peri-menopausal or going through menopause. You cannot teach what you have not experienced yourself. You do not understand what it is like to be overweight, if you have never been overweight yourself.
Most coaches, therapists and teachers miss out this significant point. Firstly there is a big correlation between nutritional habits and hormones. For example, a research paper showed that within Australian female athletes, PMS symptoms had the following affect:
- 64% showed up with abdominal cramps and bloating
- 40% had weight gain and breast tenderness
- 34% had back pain
- 40% had irritability
- 38% had mood swings
- 30 % had fatigue
- 28% had depression
They reacted to exercise by:
- 60% struggling on
- 20% cut back on training
- 8% Stopped training
Many female athletes actually injured themselves during their menstrual cycle; this research was found by Daly and Ey.
Nutritional conditions – Do not diet – they never work!
The worst thing about diets is that they effect what’s called the HPA axis, which is a separate newsletter in itself. However, with respect to the body:
- Diets increase lipogenic enzymes
- Diets decrease the quality of lipolytic enzymes
- Diets increase the size of the fat cell
- Diets decrease the lean body mass
- Diets decrease basal metabolic rate
- Each diet makes it harder to restore normal basel metabolic rate (starvation insurance)
Is this you?
I work with men, women and children of all ages. Can you answer yes to 3 or more of the following:
- If you are aged between 42-57 years.
- You may be going through the menopause or be peri-menopausal.
- You will want to reduce bloating.
- You want to reduce pain and discomfort.
- You want to fit your clothes better.
- Do you want to have more energy and not have an afternoon slump?
- Do you want to improve posture or balance?
- Do you want to reduce fog brain and improve memory/concentration?
- Are you willing to work with me once a week for a six consecutive months.
Important: this is not a quick fix, a drink, a diet pill, or a fad diet. Instead, this is an education of mind, body and spirit.
If this is you, call for your free phone consultation.
Why choose me to help you on your journey?
- I am walking the walk and talking the talk as I approach 50 years old.
- Yes I have curves and have always been the fuller figure, but can still be pain free, age gracefully and be the best possible version of myself.
- Heart shape bottom syndrome is a term coined by Paul Chek. I’ve see it on many ladies and have also experienced it myself.
- It is a result of a dysfunctional abdominal wall. This can be due to many things including: hormone levels, stress, wrong foods for your body type, hydration, dysfunctional or reversed breathing patterns, exercise, thinking (swapping belief systems), leaky gut syndrome, numerous women issues and possibly IBS.
“Equal but not the same” – Paul Chek