Women's Health (UK) - - CHEMICAL INFLUENCE -

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.

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