Here’s some hormone science I learned from my conversation with Alisa: Men and women operate on completely different schedules. (She wrote about this in her best-selling book, WomanCode, and this has been a key part of the FLO Living system for years.)
Did you know that men’s bodies were designed to be most productive on a 24-hour cycle? Women, on the other hand, operate on a 28-day cycle, with four unique phases.
Because men make most of their testosterone while they sleep, they wake up in the morning ready for "power breakfasts" or intense workouts that fuel them to go "crush it" in the world. Then by about four or five o’clock, their T-stash is depleted and they’re done for the day. (Lather, rest, repeat.)
Women, on the other hand, go through four distinct hormonal trends every month. (Yup—just like the moon, which also has four phases!) Each phase makes us especially good at a different kind of productivity. Some weeks we’re more creative; others are best for planning. Depending on the phase, we’re in the mood for different kinds of love and sex, and we can even optimize our health by eating specific foods.
Women make up 57 percent of the workforce, and most of us are forced to adapt to a testosterone-dictated model in order to stay gainfully employed. Now that we’ve learned these secrets from MyFLO, we’ve started shifting our own schedules, working on strategy during the follicular phase and doing more of our writing during the ovulatory phase, when high estrogen levels grant us improved verbal ability. Hello, lady-powered life-hack!