From PMS to Menopause: How to Hack Your Hormones and Use Science to Lose Weight, Sleep Better and Get Your Mojo Back

Episode 87: The Mel Robbins Podcast

With Dr. Amy Shah


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In this episode, double-board certified Dr. Amy Shah is here to explain the science of hormones, how they impact a woman's body, and more importantly, what you can do about it.

If you’re tired of PMS, bloating, mood swings, hot flashes, the belly "bread basket," or the brain fog of menopause... grab your pen and get ready to take notes.

Dr. Amy, a medical doctor trained at Harvard, Cornell, and Columbia, is an immunologist and leading expert in women’s hormonal health and nutrition.

She is here to explain it all in a way that you can understand and apply to your life. 

Today, Dr. Amy Shah reveals:

  • What hormones are and how they work.
  • What’s going on in a woman's body from first period to menopause.
  • Why hormone therapy won’t help you lose weight.
  • What 4 things you need to help you naturally boost estrogen.
  • Why walking is better than HIIT or running if you’re in menopause.
  • 3 simple changes for a better night’s sleep.
  • How sleeping in a pitch dark room helps you lose weight.
  • How to hack your 28-day cycle for more confidence and resilience.

I can’t wait for you to learn from Dr. Amy. You are going to feel so empowered!

And please share this with all the women you care about in your life: your mothers, sisters, daughters, wives, and girlfriends, because we all deserve to know what the heck is going on and how to feel better in our bodies.

Xo Mel 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • 02:27: Why the hell do I always feel so tired? 
  • 04:52: What happens in our bodies during PMS and menopause?
  • 09:10: Best metaphor to help you understand what’s going on in your body.
  • 11:37: How to optimize your health in every phase of hormone change.
  • 15:02: When in your cycle you should train and eat like an athlete.
  • 17:03: What is really happening with your hormones during pregnancy?
  • 21:09: Where the heck did this muffin top come from?
  • 27:32: The top 5 health questions for Dr. Shah and her answers. 
  • 30:02: Did you know that PMS is a mini-menopause?
  • 34:06: Why sleeping in a cold, dark room will help you lose weight.
  • 38:42: Top 3 tricks that regulate your cravings.
  • 40:01: Why anxiety increases during PMS.
  • 46:48: What you need to know about hormone replacement therapy.
  • 56:12: Power nap or meditate at THIS time for best results.
  • 59:01: Why it’s way past time we start talking about women’s health.

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Dr. Amy Shah

  • Learn more about Dr. Amy on her website
  • Find her on Instagram here.
  • Check out her bestselling book here.

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