OESTROGEN aka MS TEMPTRESS
native habitat The ovaries.
behaviour in the wild Like her sister sex hormone progesterone, this seductress is responsible for the roller coaster of cravings that accompany your menstrual cycle. She’s a complicated creature: when she’s least active, just before your period starts, you’re most susceptible to binge eating. And when she rises to the height of her power, just before ovulation, appetite is suppressed. But, paradoxically, if this little lady gets too strong, she can overpower progesterone, resulting in oestrogen dominance, which can make weight loss challenging, if not impossible.
tame her To keep her in proper balance, make sure you’re getting enough fibre, which binds to oestrogen and moves it out through your bowels so it doesn’t go back into circulation. Aim for 450g of vegetables every day; it sounds like a lot, but a green smoothie, salad and a broccoli and pepper stir-fry will nail it.