How does estrogen affect fat loss?

Can higher estrogen levels help women burn fat?

Science shows there’s good reason to believe so.

Higher estrogen is related to higher growth hormone levels [Ovesen 1998, Faria 1992].

Growth hormone, in turn, promotes your body to use fat for fuel [DiGirolamo 1986, Ho 2006].

Therefore we could say estrogen potentially indirectly helps fat loss.

Women can likely enhance their estrogen levels naturally by eating a higher fat diet. Increasing intake from 20% to 40% of intake tends to enhance base estrogen levels by 10-15%, which may give you that edge you need for maximal fat loss. See my previous post (5 posts back).

Last note: while higher estrogen levels seem great for body composition, it’s not necessarily conductive to good health, as higher estrogen levels make it slightly more likely women develop breast cancer [Russo 2006].

However, a family history awareness and regular check-ups help a lot here.

2019-05-01T08:15:33+01:00May 1st, 2019|0 Comments

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