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    KATIE MULLOY on how taking control of your hormones could solve “that” problem area

    We’re not saying a bigger bottom isn’t a beautiful thing but, for many of us, hips, bottom and thighs represent slimming’s axis of evil – an obstinate hump on an otherwise co-operative landscape. And it’s often governed by hormones, says Dr Keoni Teta, naturopathic doctor and co-author of The Metabolic Effect Diet (Harper).

    If it’s just a case of a few extra pounds of flesh around the hips

    then with unyielding effort the weight will come off eventually, even if nature’s cruel trick means it might go from bust before bottom. “In places where fat is burned easily, your waist, for example, the fat cells have a higher percentage of beta-adrenergic to alpha-adrenergic receptors,” explains Dr Teta. “The beta receptors bind to adrenaline and noradrenaline, causing fat to be burned for energy, rather than stored. Fewer beta receptors in the hips, buttocks and thighs help create an hourglass shape, but mean when you want to shift weight, fat is slower to burn.”

    If diet and exercise haven’t yielded results, it’s time to look at your hormone balance. “Oestrogen dominance is a main culprit for unexplained weight gain on the bottom, hips and thighs,” explains Dr Martin Galy, a bio-identical hormone specialist from the renowned Marion Gluck Clinic, London. “Look at a standard, 28-day menstrual cycle. Two weeks after ovulation, oestrogen and progesterone levels begin to rise. Key is how much oestrogen you

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