Researchers are unsure why so many women gain weight during menopause. Lowered estrogen and testosterone levels may contribute to added pounds although a direct correlation has yet to be determined. Certainly fluctuating hormones cause cravings and the stress of hot flashes, mood swings, and insomnia can make women turn to food for a quick pick-me-up.
Metabolic rate may be a factor in menopausal weight gain. Dr. Nanette Santoro, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, reports that “metabolic rate slows with age. This means that a woman eating the exact same number of calories a day will maintain her weight at age 20 but will gain weight at age 50.” The loss of muscle mass, which happens as we age, changes how fast your body burns calories. Genetics play a role in weight gain too
Move: Find exercise you enjoy such as walking, dancing, swimming, or just do the house keeping. Yes housekeeping can help you burn calories.
Strength Train: Exercises such as weight lifting can boost your metabolism, as well as increase muscle mass and strengthen bones. Building muscle mass is also more likely to protect against future weight gain
Choose Food Carefully: Select foods that pack a nutritious punch. Be careful of empty calories. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Watch portion size as well as mindless eating such as snacking while you watch TV.
Be Good to Yourself: Menopause is a time for treats (just not high-calorie treats). Indulge. Feed your senses. Hike in the hills. Have a cup of tea with a friend and share a scone instead of having one each.
Before the memo pause a woman goes through the perimemopause. Do a quiz to see if you are. The perimenmopause cause start already in your thirties.