2 Key Tips For Staying Slim During Menopause

Date February 5, 2019

Menopause is a natural biological process that can start when a woman reaches 40 years old and it is connected with the ending of the menstrual cycle. Some women may enter this stage of their lives when they're 45 or even over 50; it is very individual and depends on many factors.

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Why a woman gains weight during menopause

The main index of entering menopause is having irregular periods throughout the year. It is preceded by perimenopause, which has common symptoms that include vaginal dryness, chills, sleeping problems, dry skin, thinning hair, and mood swings.

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Another noticeable symptom is weight gain during menopause. It is connected with metabolism slowing down, muscle mass decreasing, and having age hormonal changes. As a result, certain proteins and enzymes, which allow cells to accumulate more fat and burn less of it, become more active in this particular period of women's lives.

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Women are more likely to notice it if they have had no issues with weight gain in the past. Fat, as a rule, gets accumulated on the stomach and back making a "pear-shaped" woman look more "apple-shaped". Such changes make you feel nervous, your self-esteem takes a dive, and you get moody. The question is: Can we change anything about it?

Reconsidering your lifestyle

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Since it's a biological process, by understanding its mechanism, you can work out a set of measures for losing and maintaining weight. First and foremost, you need to include physical activity into your daily routine. This may be:

  • strength training and aerobics;
  • swimming;
  • yoga;
  • dancing;
  • cycling.

Even regular walking and playing active games with children can be effective.

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Apart from helping you get rid of extra pounds, physical exercise lowers the risk of cardiovascular diseases and osteoporosis, helps bowels work well, as well as improves your mood and keeps your spirits high.

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Another important point is reconsidering your diet. Recommended action plan:

  • cut down sugar intake;
  • opt for whole-grain cereals;
  • switch to low-fat cottage cheese;
  • eat more dark leafy greens and brightly-colored fruit;
  • give up processed foods;
  • avoid foods containing simple carbohydrates.

Your eating regime also needs correction:

  • don't eat right before going to sleep;
  • have smaller portions;
  • if you're at your friends' or at a cafe, go for half a portion.

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As you can see, weight gain during menopause can totally be handled. Moreover, you can do it without using any medicine but by simply changing your lifestyle and making the right action plan.

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This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.