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Editor’s note: Yesterday I had the great privilege of speaking to a powerful group of Women at Adobe- Lehi, Utah campus. I sent out a survey beforehand to get more clarity on the hormonal challenges these women were facing. Over 90% of the women are struggling with weight loss – they have no idea how to melt off the “unbudgeable” weight. This week’s blog again addresses this pesky problem and helps you get ready for beach weather! 

As we gear up for beach season, shedding those stubborn pounds becomes a common goal. But what if your weight loss efforts are thwarted by hormonal imbalances? In this guide, we’ll explore how hormones shape body fat distribution, especially in women. By understanding this connection, you can target problem areas effectively and achieve your desired body composition. Let’s delve into comprehensive hormone testing as a vital tool in identifying imbalances that may be hindering your weight loss journey.

The Impact of Sex Hormones

Dr. Stephanie Faubion from the Mayo Clinic’s Women’s Health Clinic emphasizes how hormonal fluctuations influence body composition and fat storage in women. Estrogen and progesterone hold significant sway over fat distribution patterns. When hormone levels go haywire, fat can start accumulating in undesirable areas like the abdomen and upper body. But why does this happen?

Modern life exposes us to a barrage of toxins and synthetic estrogens called Xenoestrogens, exacerbating estrogen dominance. It’s like a relentless loop where excess fat attracts more estrogen, making weight loss an uphill battle. Balancing hormones and detoxifying the body is paramount to breaking free from this cycle.

Beyond Sex Hormones: Unveiling Other Culprits

Enter cortisol, the notorious stress hormone, known for its role in abdominal fat accumulation. Chronic stress triggers cortisol release, leading to increased appetite, cravings for unhealthy foods, and the dreaded visceral fat buildup. Elevated cortisol levels up the risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Similarly, insulin resistance, prevalent in obesity and type 2 diabetes, prompts higher insulin levels and increased fat storage, especially in the abdominal region.

Research published in esteemed journals underscores hormones’ pivotal role in regulating adipose tissue development, distribution, and metabolism. Dysregulated hormone signaling can pave the way for abnormal fat distribution, setting the stage for metabolic diseases.

Why Hormone Testing Matters

For individuals grappling with stubborn fat or abnormal fat distribution, hormone testing is a game-changer. Blood tests measuring estrogen, progesterone, cortisol, and insulin levels provide invaluable insights. The DUTCH test emerges as a comprehensive option, offering a detailed snapshot of sex hormones and cortisol levels.

Real-Life Success Stories

Drawing from two decades of experience working with women battling hormonal imbalances, it’s evident how hormones dictate weight management. Despite rigorous exercise and strict diets, many women find themselves unable to shed excess weight due to estrogen dominance. However, by addressing hormonal disruptions, adopting stress reduction techniques, detoxifying, and tweaking dietary habits, these women have successfully melted away pounds and reclaimed their confidence.


If you’re tirelessly striving to shed those pesky pounds, consider delving into comprehensive hormone testing to uncover underlying imbalances. By tackling hormonal disruptions and embracing lifestyle changes, you can bid farewell to stubborn fat accumulation. Take advantage of a $100 discount on the comprehensive DUTCH test with the code LDF100 and embark on your transformative journey.


  • Faubion, S. S. (2020). Hormonal factors and adipose tissue distribution in women. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 95(11), 2469-2479.
  • Epel, E. S., et al. (2000). Stress and body shape: stress-induced cortisol secretion is consistently greater among women with central fat. Psychosomatic medicine, 62(5), 623-632.
  • Stanhope, K. L., et al. (2009). Consuming fructose-sweetened, not glucose-sweetened, beverages increases visceral adiposity and lipids and decreases insulin sensitivity in overweight/obese humans. The Journal of Clinical Investigation, 119(5), 1322-1334.
  • Stumvoll, M., et al. (2005). Type 2 diabetes: principles of pathogenesis and therapy. The Lancet, 365(9467), 1333-1346.


P.S. My new book “Create The Vitality You Crave: Unlock Your Healing Powers by Optimizing Your DNA” delves into unlocking our powers to heal spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically. I promise you will learn new ways to optimize your vitality, so stay tuned. The release date is early May, if not sooner. Wahoo!!

This Free Quiz was created to help you gain clarity about some of your most aggravating symptoms and to help you get on your healthy hormone path.

FREE Hormone Symptom Quiz!