You are probably reading this, as you are either concerned or have already experienced some level of weight gain that often accompanies menopause.
The good news is I am going to help you develop a plan to reach and maintain a healthy weight so you can enjoy a happy, healthy life!
Before we get there, it's firstly important to understand what causes weight gain in Menopause.
Ironically, the menopausal symptoms we experience (such as hot flushes, poor sleep and low mood) can make it even harder for us to feel motivated to exercise or to make healthy food choices!
Feeling low and bad about ourselves often sees us turning to comfort foods and/or alcohol in an attempt to make us feel better, which turns into a self-sabotaging vicious circle.
We need to break this cycle! Using a little bit of self-discipline and following our prescribed My Lavender Lace Menopause Plans, you will find a new lease of life, which in just a few weeks will become your new and happier way of life!
Oestrogen and fat distribution
One reason why people may gain weight around menopause is changing hormone levels. One form of oestrogen called estradiol decreases at menopause. This hormone helps to regulate metabolism and body weight. Lower levels of estradiol may lead to weight gain.
Reduced levels of oestrogen after menopause can also cause fat to be stored around your waist rather than on your hips and thighs. In postmenopausal women, belly fat accounts for 15 to 20% of their total body weight, compared with just 5 to 8% in premenopausal women.
Your doctor may recommend hormone replacement therapy for low levels of estrogen, however there are several ways you may be able to boost your estrogen levels naturally.
During the menopause, the change in hormones can mean the body stores more fat and burns calories less efficiently.
HRT can help with this but activity and exercise are the best way to increase your body’s ability to burn calories. Reducing stress can help too. Exercise, stress reduction, cutting down on caffeine and alcohol, stopping smoking and a healthy diet all help with excess weight gain and other menopausal symptoms.