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How to lose weight in menopause

Menopause is a time of change.

And one of the biggest changes many women experience is weight gain!

You may have experienced weight gain, particularly around the belly area (Meno-Belly) that is hard to get rid of, no matter how hard you workout or focus on your diet. And if that’s the case, you are not alone.

In fact, 95% of respondents to my recent client survey told me that their biggest menopausal challenge was weight gain.

But the issue is, the weight loss strategies that used to work for you, typically stop working once you enter menopause.

And you can be left feeling frustrated, confused and alone, not knowing who to turn to for help.

Starting in your early 40s (and this is very variable) women’s hormone levels start to change. These shifts in hormones alongside other factors play a significant role in menopause weight gain. There are different reasons why women put on weight as they move through menopause (it is often a combination of these):

Lowered Thyroid Function – the thyroid controls your metabolism. Your ability to utilise energy from your food and the storage of extra energy as fat stores. Over 60% of women have an under functioning thyroid by the time that they reach menopause. One of the most significant impacts of lowered thyroid function is excess weight, particularly around the hips and thighs. The primary causes of lowered thyroid function is high levels of stress, dietary choices and nutrient deficiencies.

Insulin Resistance – Insulin is the hormone that regulates your blood sugar levels and triggers the conversion of excess sugar in the blood to fat stores. Insulin Resistance can become diabetes if it is not managed properly. The primary cause of insulin resistance is poor diet choices e.g highly processed foods, sugar and alcohol. Weight held around the stomach area is often related to insulin resistance.

Stress – is a major driver of weight gain. When the body is in a constant state of stress and cortisol (stress hormone) is high the body will shut down some digestive functions and store excess energy as fat. This is a primitive response from the time that humans wandered the earth as cave people. In times of famine or under extreme stress, the body conserved it’s energy stores to survive. Unfortunately your body still responds in the same manner even though we now live in a time where there is plenty of food. High cortisol also causes excess weight to be held around the waist.

Oestrogen Receptors – women not only have oestrogen receptors within their reproductive organs they also have them in their fat stores. This is another primitive response to ensure that women have enough oestrogen to get them through a pregnancy in times when there isn’t enough food available. If your oestrogen levels drop too fast (this will happen if you are highly stressed) your body will hold onto the oestrogen that is stored within your fat cells. This is one of the reasons why it is harder to lose weight.

Dietary Choices – unfortunately the dietary choices of women as they move through menopause are not always the best. Alcohol and high sugar foods are the main culprits, as well as eating too much. You don’t need to be eating as much food (particularly protein) if you are no longer having a regular period, this is because your body is not preparing for a pregnancy every month. Using alcohol and food to alleviate the feelings of stress, only stress the body more and cause the ongoing cycle of weight gain.

It is not all bad news, it is possible to lose those extra kilos but it will take some change on your part. Your first step is to understand how your body works so that you can take the steps that will have the most impact.

Have you ever noticed that not every diet works for everyone? Some women will do really well on a keto style diet while others will struggle. The reason for this is that everyone is different and as your body is changing you will need a different solution to what worked in the past. Understanding your genetic profile is the key to unlocking best best way for you to not only lose your meno-belly but also reduce other symptoms that are often associated with menopause.

When you discover your personal genetic based HealthTypeTM losing weight becomes easy, you will learn the correct foods to eat, the best time to eat, the ideal exercise, your best sleep times plus more. Living according to your personal HealthTypeTM will:

  • reduce insulin resistance
  • improve thyroid function
  • reduce stress on your body
  • reduce inflammation
  • rebalance hormones

and most importantly will shift your meno-belly and reduce your symptoms.

To learn more about how you can lose your meno-belly by discoveringyour own personal HealthTypeTM join me for the next round of the FREE 5 Day Secret to Thriving in Menopause Workshop

Thriving in Menopause Workshop

During this workshop you will learn what your personal HealthTypeTM is and you will have the opportunity create your own personalised Menopause Blueprint which is designed to reduce your meno-belly and your symptoms. To register for the workshop plus receive a BONUS Understanding Hormones e-course click HERE.

One Response to How to lose weight in menopause

  1. Thank you very much Angela! Very useful information… I have problems with my thyroid and all of the above. I am taking Levothyroxine now which I hate and still not sure if I have to but I am following doctor’s prescription of course. I have changed my diet and started execising and results are visible but still have have nervousness and hot flashes… anyway I am hopefull it will go soon

    Thanks again for your enlightenment!

    Valentina

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