women reach menopause weight gain and find that the waistbands of their
skirts begin to snug up a bit against their body. Unlike the normal
monthly partial heaviness before a period, the few extra pounds doesn't
leave at the end of the cycle. Gaining weight
during menopause is a typical problem for many women.
In fact, a rough estimate is that women gain between 10 to 15 pounds
during their perimenopausal years. To make matters worse, it doesn't
evenly over the body but lands right in the belly area. There
are several reasons
that could explain the tendency to weight more during this phase.
The main reasons as of why many experience menopause weight gain are
less muscle mass. As your body ages, you start to lose muscle mass much
quicker. Moving muscle mass burns calories faster than moving fat, so
you use fewer calories. Right along with this is a lower metabolic
rate that occurs as people age. When you were in your twenties, just
sitting still required your body to burn more calories than it does at
60. However, you probably still find yourself eating the same amount.
Fewer calories burned combined with the same intake means more weight.
may be your enemy when it comes to menopause weight gain. Not
only does your genetic predisposition dictate the amount of calories
you'll burn or weight that you will gain, it could also point out
in which part weight is likely to accumulate. While some people manage
to have a more
even distribution of their recently gained pounds, most women find that
just sits squarely on their abdomen.
Women who have a hysterectomy early in life tend to
experience it ahead of time. Many find themselves gaining weight
rapidly, sometimes caused by
the period of inactivity. However, the change in the hormone balance is
also one important factor.
you put on does more than make you uncomfortable in some of your
clothes; it can also affect your health. The belly fat from the
menopause weight gain can lead to many health conditions like: heart
disease, diabetes, hypertension, and even cancer. The fat actively
produces hormones that can affect
your health. The excess they produce can promote resistance,
one of the causes of diabetes or other problems that occur when there's
an imbalance or change in your hormone levels.
might ache or hurt in new parts of
your body due to aging, don't let that stop you from moving.
Take the stairs instead of the elevator to burn a few
extra calories. Don't circle the parking lot for hours to find a
location next to the door or the store. Instead, burn
calories by parking in the first spot that you find and walking a few
feet. When possible carry your own bags from the grocery rather than
use a cart.
Don't attempt too much at one time, but gradually increase
the load you carry.
your eating habits.
Many people find that switching to a higher intake
of vegetables and fruits while limiting meat, breads and refined sugars
keep the pounds at bay. Take smaller portions of the ones you want to
limit. Eat fruits and vegetables
as much as possible and avoid the heavy sauces. You'll be doing your
body a favor in other ways besides weight
The extra nutrients found in the fruits and vegetables can
promote a far longer and healthier life.
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