belly fat indicates a higher level of estrogen, don't worry about the testosterone... most extra fat is estrogen dominant because estrogen is stored in fat cells.. but fat around the middle... what I have had to do is get rid of plastics, teflon fry pans, and stop using the microwave... I know I have estrogen dominance because I have breast cancer that is 99% estrogen, I am apple shaped with to big a waist. It is very complicated... related to iodine deficient...and hyothyroid. It makes it hard to lose weight... but I am also over 60.
It sounds like what you are really looking at is body types and certainly hormones does play a role in that however, it is not something that can be changed. Genetically we are the body type we are -- those are the cards we are dealt at birth. We can reduce are overall body fat percentage to improve our health but they type of body we have will drive how where that will come from. Here is some additional information that might help.
Not sure what you mean by estrogen or testosterone dominant. Where did you hear/read these terms in relation to nutrition?
Really, the only things I've seen about this issue have been pay-per-click articles with no research backing, or diet scams trying to convince people that their hormones are out of whack and that's making them fat, but-- Surprise!-- the author can sell you a pill/vitamin/diet plan/book that will save you!
For the most part, if you're female you're estrogen dominant and if you're male you're testosterone dominant. Some people produce slightly more of one or the other than average for their gender, and obese people produce more estrogen regardless of their gender. But it's not something you can change with diet, nor does it change your nutritional needs. Healthy foods are healthy foods for everyone, unless you have a specific medical issue. What you eat won't change your basic body type or hormonal balance (although weight loss may reduce estrogen secretion a little.)
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Okay! I am new to the message boards so I apologize ahead of time if I misstep here somehow. I figured hormones fit in with nutrition more than fitness, since they affect the way you process your food.
Alright. Without actually getting tested, how do I figure whether I am estrogen or testosterone dominant? My understanding is that carrying weight in your lower body indicates a higher level of estrogen, belly fat indicates testosterone (hence the famous beer gut), and a balance of top and bottom means you have pretty balanced levels.
The problem-and I know I'm not the only one here-is that I am pear-shaped and don't neatly fit into any of those categories. I carry my weight in my belly, butt, and thighs. My upper body isn't exactly svelte but since I don't quite fill out a 32AA bra I think it's safe to say I'm not prone to weight gain up top. So I'm a bit fuzzy about where I sit.
This is more a curiosity thing. I can't think of any immediate use for the information but it's bugging me. Thanks guys!
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