Ladies, no matter how much we try to dismiss the inevitable, we can’t run away from it. For example, menopause. Sooner or later, we will all get there.
One of the things that we try to avoid is weight gain. If you ask any woman about the pivotal time in their lives where they are most likely to gain weight, I bet you they will answer it’s when you are pregnant and when you are in the stage of menopause.
Although weight gain pregnancy is to be expected and actually necessary, I don’t think I can say the same for menopause. It’s true that our bodies undergo changes that could be challenging with maintaining our weight, however, weight gain during this time of our lives isn’t that inevitable.
Our hormone levels begin fluctuating when menopause draws near, and at this point, women could notice changes in their bodies. Their skin may feel dryer and duller, the thinning of hair, and of course – the hot flashes. On top of all that, there’s also the idea of weight gain and the change in body shape for a couple of women that may be difficult to adjust to.
Let’s talk about menopause and estrogen. Estrogen is a type of hormone responsible for promoting fatty deposits in our lower body. In pregnancy and during breastfeeding, stockpiling calories in the hip and thigh area ensures enough energy for support. Although, as menopause draws near, such lower body fat deposits aren’t that much needed – since your reproductive years are starting to wane. The body will try to hang on to whatever kind of fat possible, in its attempt in maintaining hormonal balance – since our body fats produce estrogen and release it into our bloodstream.
During menopause, weight gain can be quite visible in the midsection area of your body. Our former youthful ‘pear’ shapes are now slightly looking like ‘apples.’
Don’t think that a thicker waistline is simply a cosmetic problem. Did you know that the body fat accumulated around your middle is not only the stuff you can pinch on the surface? Fat can also be accumulated below the surface part of your body, which surrounds internal organs, dumping hormones, and other compounds into the system. Having said that, it is possible for your blood pressure to rise, ruin or damage your cholesterol levels, and interfere with your body’s ability to process carbs.
The above-mentioned factors could possibly raise the risk of a couple of common chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes, both of which are associated with obesity.
Fret not, queens. Even if you are in the stage of menopause in your life, it doesn’t necessarily mean weight gain is out there to get you. You can still follow the same pieces of advice to be able to achieve or maintain a healthy body. We’re looking at nutrient-dense, low-cal foods, lots of fruits and veggies, lean proteins, and non-fat dairy products.
Also, don’t take exercise for granted because this is important as well. Train! Don’t be afraid to lift weights as this helps in keeping your bones healthy, building lean body mass – which could increase your body’s daily calorie burn. When you do this regularly, this will make you not only feel good on the outside but on the inside as well as you adjust to the changes your bodies’ going through.
Being on wellness program or good nutrition will help you manage your menopause. Contact us by clicking the lower right pink button to help you in the menopause nutrition plan. ↘️
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