How Insulin and Testosterone Cause Weight Gain in Women

Struggling with hormonal weight gain around your middle? It’s a common problem with PCOS, menopause, and birth control, but it’s not caused by estrogen. In women, estrogen is beneficial for weight loss.

Instead, abdominal weight gain is caused by insulin, testosterone, and androgenic progestins.

Here’s what you need to know.

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High-Dose Fructose Is a Major Driver of Insulin Resistance (But Fruit Is Okay)

fructose and insulin resistance

High-dose fructose is a major driver of insulin resistance, abdominal weight gain, fatty liver, heavy periods, and PCOS.

That does not mean that fruit is a driver of those conditions because whole fruit contains a relatively small amount of fructose compared to high-dose fructose sweeteners like sucrose, syrup, honey, agave, coconut sugar, dates, dried fruit, and fruit juice. Fruit also provides beneficial nutrients and polyphenols that counterbalance the negative effects of fructose.

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Ovulation Is the Main Event of the Menstrual Cycle

Anovulatory cycles and pill bleeds.A menstrual cycle is, by definition, an ovulatory cycle in which ovulation is the main event and progesterone is made.

Any other kind of bleed is either the breakthrough bleed of an anovulatory cycle or a pill-bleed, which are not real menstrual cycles. 

An ovulatory cycle has two phases.

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How to Increase Estrogen

Estrogen deficiency causes fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, depression, and insomnia. It also causes dry skin, recurrent bladder infections, and vaginal dryness.

Vaginal dryness is one of the most characteristic signs of estrogen deficiency and a good indicator that you do have deficiency. 

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