Do you have a hazy view of how hormones are related to weight gain, especially in mid-life? Teresa Tapp said “in my opinion, lat activation is the secret to menopause management.”
[break][/break]Did your ears perk up? Secret? Menopause management?
[break][/break]Even if you’re not at the age of coping with menopause, as a woman you are dealing with hormones.
[break][/break]Here’s the deal. As adults we don’t often use the muscles involved in balance and we lose internal muscle tone in our core. We use our arms and legs carrying groceries in from the car, but when was the last time you walked one foot in front of another along a curb? Or swung from the monkey bars at the playground? Muscle atrophy begins and we have a decrease in spinal muscle density.
[break][/break]Meanwhile, female hormones fluctuate no matter what season of life we are in. Our bodies are always trying to balance themselves; this process is called homeostasis. When estrogen increases, the pancreas releases more insulin to help the body maintain hormone balance. Then the insulin causes our body to store more fat. Isn’t that special?
[break][/break]Increased insulin can also increase estrogen levels, which in turn can cause even more insulin to be produced. Add menopausal hormone changes and you have a recipe for fat accumulation.
[break][/break]T-Tapp maintains or rebuilds our resting glucose utilization rate (a process that makes your body burn glucose, even when you’re sitting). To do that rebuilding, we have to rebuild spinal muscle density because those core muscles prefer glucose for fuel. To increase core density, spinal muscles have to be activated at both points of attachment and that’s where the lats come in. If you’re not familiar with these powerhouse muscles along the sides of the back, you can find a diagram here.
[break][/break]With this increased spinal muscle density, your body burns glucose even at rest which helps your body maintain better blood sugar balance, which in turn helps your body prevent fat storage from excess sugar in the blood. Sounds like a plan to me!
[break][/break]Everything I need to know about hormones and T-Tapp, I learned in Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes by Teresa Tapp. The Menopause Thyroid Solution by Mary Shomon, which contains a special T-Tapp sequence just for thyroid issues, gave me further insight into the effects of aging and hormones on a woman’s body.
[break][/break]Now you know why you keep hearing about the lats in T-Tapp workouts. I’m no doctor. All I know is that I lost all my weight and reshaped my body at an age when most women are struggling with midsection weight gain. I actually found my waist again and have kept it! At the time I didn’t even understand how it worked, but it worked nonetheless.
[break][/break]So now you are armed with knowledge AND a secret. Women of any age want to look and feel good. In my opinion, T-Tapp is one of the secrets to manage the effects of age. Dr. Perricone agreed when he said that “T-Tapp is the ideal anti-aging workout.” I look younger at age 52 than I did at age 42. Excuse me while I do a cartwheel—yippee!