Why Some Women Struggle with Weight, Hormones at Menopause

Are your hormones at menopause causing a roller coaster? Is it your skinny jeans or your genetic genes? What is missing when we’re trying to eat well, and truly understanding what that is, exercise, and truly discovering what that is for you now but making only minor changes?  

If it feels like you’re in a marathon when innocent bystanders sitting comfortably on the curb tell you it’s right around the corner, and yet it never quite is… 

Then this episode is for you.

I’ve got an expert to talk about more than hormones at menopause and why you may still be struggling though you’re doing all the things (and then some). 

As you know if you’ve been here for a minute, we discuss the influence of hormones on exercise, exercise on hormones, and how to change what you’re doing in midlife to cope with the changes and age optimally. 

It’s not always enough alone. The body functions thanks to the integration of diet, exercise, lifestyle habits, environment, and genetics. And we’re going to talk a little more about the latter today in a way only she can. 

My Guest:

Nutrition expert, certified functional medicine practitioner, and speaker Betty Murray, PhD-Candidate, MS, CN, IFMCP helps women 40+ harness their hormones to lose weight, optimize sleep, restore energy, and thrive in life. During her research for her Ph.D., Betty made 4 key discoveries that lead to hormone imbalances that plague women over 40. Restoring balance to these key metabolic pathways is the basis of her Hormone Reset Program which has helped her, and her clients lose weight with ease, restore sleep, and turn up their energy. She is the host of This Functional Life Podcast and the founder and CEO of Living Well Dallas Functional Medicine Center. Betty is a frequently featured nutrition expert on Fox News Broadcasting, CW33, NBC, and CBS.

When women do resistance training they change the cellular metabolism…[favorably] during menopause.

-Betty Murray

Questions we answer in this episode: 

  • 03:35 Weight loss advice is often simplified down to the idea that cutting carbs to control insulin will result in fat burning. Or that a slow thyroid must be the cause of weight gain. Or even stress causes weight gain. All of which is somewhat true. But you say that this view is short-sighted and misses other key hormones that may be causing yo-yo weight gain and weight loss resistance. What isn’t getting talked about?
  • 06:30 You came across some key research that is not getting talked about during your Ph.D., that indicated that menopause changes slows cellular metabolism and turn on the fat switch in the cell. Can you share that? (and how the hell, to turn that off, asking for a friend)
  • 22:35 What about our genetics?
  • 26:03 Genetic analysis has become quite popular. Do you think the answers are in our genes and how can we use gene knowledge to our advantage?
  • 30:00 How do you address these issues to help a woman rebalance these hormones and cellular metabolism?

Exercise that is endurance training: we don’t get stimulus to the receptors we want. 

-Betty Murray

There you have it, a little deeper insight into your hormones at menopause and the impact of your cellular metabolism based on genetics. And… hope. I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment in the show notes or join us in the Facebook group if you’ve got a question you’d like me to answer in an upcoming episode. 

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Connect with Betty: 

Free quiz: https://quiz.metabolicblueprint.com/sf/cd62b0ef

Website: https://bettymurray.com

She’s Social:

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/bettymurraycn

Podcast: https://thisfunctionallifepodcast.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bettymurrayphd

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bettymurray_phd

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