Are you eating well, finding the time to exercise and still have a strange belly pouch that you can’t seem to shift? Well you’re not alone, and don’t worry, you haven’t been sleep-eating chocolate Kimberleys! Research has shown that the seemingly impossible to move belly fat you might struggle with may well be caused by your ever-changing hormones. It has been shown that our bodies become more oestrogen heavy as we age and that imbalance can promote insulin resistance which in turn can cause belly fat build up. And as we get older and head towards menopause one particular form of oestrogen called oestradiol decreases even more - this is the bad boy that helps to regulate metabolism and body weight. So all your hours of hardcore Pilates or the 10,000 steps you’re killing yourself to get in every day may not help much if your hormones are out of sync. There are of course ways to try and naturally balance your body.

1. Try and get enough sleep. Exhaustion will only cause stress and stress leads to an increase in cortisol levels which in turn can lead to lower thyroid levels which can lead to, you guess it weight gain.

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2. Cut down on sugar, it’s a vicious circle that can be hard to quit but it’s the number one factor in raising your insulin levels which can lead to storing belly fat.

3. Take a supplement like Cleanmarine For Women which contains vitamin B1, B2 and B6 which work to support normal energy yielding metabolism. B6 is also the vitamin that contributes to the regulation of hormonal activity and normal psychological function.

4. Eat the rainbow. Filling your diet with a wide variety of fruit, veg and healthy plant-based fibres will mean that your body has the best foundation of vitamins and minerals. That, combined with enough hydration, will give you the best chance of keeping everything as balanced as possible and better ready to deal with monthly hormonal waves from your cycle, or as your body moves towards menopause.

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