Why it’s Harder for women to Lose Weight during Menopause?

Many women find, to their incredulous disgust, that they simply cannot seem to lose unwanted pounds once they have entered menopause, and chalk it up to changing hormones or an unhealthy diet. While this is certainly adding to your issue, your estrogen levels are really what are behind your inability to lose weight.

Why it's Harder for women to Lose Weight during Menopause?As women enter menopause, their body begins to produce less progesterone, testosterone and estrogen. Estrogen is responsible for your female sexual traits. They control your fat stores, your breast size, your metabolism and your overall feminine development and traits. Since estrogen is in charge of the fat, when it begins to wane, the body turns to the stored fat as another potential source of estrogen. This will cause the body to hold onto that stored fat so it can get the estrogen it needs – thus leading to your extra weight refusing to go away. This is probably one of the most misunderstood and frustrating menopause symptoms, but is one that can be addressed by some menopause treatment supplements.

One you are aware that one of the menopause symptoms involves storing your excess fat, you can eat foods that will not cause weight gain and will promote metabolism. Good fiber, greens, lean meat and dairy products should replace snacks like candy bars, sugary drinks and carbohydrates. This will ensure that your body is not only able to metabolize properly but also get the proper vitamins and nutrients that an often become depleted during menopause.

In addition to changing your diet, you may need to increase your exercise levels in an attempt to rebuild your lean muscle mass as well as stimulate your metabolism. Remember that consistency is crucial and that you may need to start gradually and work your way up to a regular exercise regimen. Since you may feel more fatigue at this time of your life, you might want to exercise for short periods of time and build up to the recommended 30 minutes of exercise a day.

In addition to weight gain, many post-menopausal women will often experience bloating and the middle age spread, which involves the weight gain concentrating around the waist and buttocks. Walking is an excellent way to keep this issue to a minimum and will also help promote cardiovascular and pulmonary health. A complete physical with your physician is a great way to rule out any health problems and get a good bill of health.

Emily Peetlukes

Contributor: Emily Peetlukes (The Beauty Insiders)

This Article Has Been Published on August 8, 2013 and Last Modified on June 16, 2016

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