Why Do We Pick up Weight During Menopause?
The reasons why this happens are several and probably relate more to ageing than to menopause and the loss of the ovarian hormone oestrogen.Lean body mass decreases with age in men and women as a result of changes in hormones but also because of changes in lifestyle (more sitting, less physical activity). Because we lose muscle mass with age, we burn fewer calories at rest and also when we exercise. Couple these changes with moving less, and you have a recipe for weight gain. This explains why you may gain weight with the same diet and exercise routine that previously worked for you.
Contribution of Menopause
As for the contribution of menopause, the loss of oestrogen leads to a shift of fat to the midsection, but women around menopause may have a few other factors that play a role. During the menopause transition, night sweats, sleep disturbance, and problems with mood are common and may affect a woman’s ability to adhere to a healthy diet and regular exercise program. Whether you are just trying to stay awake or combat a low mood, the candy bar (instead of an apple or a bag of carrots) may seem like a great energy booster. Similarly, an exercise class may be more daunting if all you want to do is head to the couch after a long day. Certain medications (including antidepressants, which are commonly prescribed to midlife women) can also promote weight gain.
It’s important for midlife women to understand that the rules change in terms of what it will take not only to avoid weight gain but also to lose weight as we get older. Diligent attention to lifestyle choices, particularly diet and exercise, is important, as is setting reasonable and achievable weight-loss goals.
Contrary to popular belief, exercise alone will not lead to substantial weight loss. Cutting calories is necessary for weight loss, but increasing exercise will help sustain weight loss, prevent weight gain, and lead to favourable changes in body composition (decreased abdominal fat and preservation of muscle mass).
The general recommendation is 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days per week. In terms of the type of diet, in terms of weight loss. The diet that will work the best is one that cuts calories and that you can stick to.
Fortunately using the HCG and following the HCG Diet Protocol it is simple to lose that weight gained, as a result of Menopause and a little bit of Ageing. I do however know with certainty that irrespective of your Age or no matter how severe your menopausal weight gain has been that you can get rid of that excess weight and feel fit, strong and healthy.
We have clients of 70 years old whom have shed twenty kilograms following our HCG Diet System Program.
So no matter what, including Menopause and Ageing you can get your body back in shape, shed that excess weight using then fabulous HCG Diet Protocol
Although oestrogen used for management of menopause symptoms is not a weight-loss drug, it improves body composition by reducing abdominal fat. Weight-loss medications may be an option for women with a BMI greater than 30 kg/m2 or greater than 27 kg/m2 with weight-related complications (such as hypertension or diabetes). Bariatric surgery may be an option for women with a BMI greater than 40 kg/m2 or greater than 35 kg/m2 with weight-related complications.
Weight gain is a common, frustrating problem for midlife women and can lead to overweight and obesity and increased risk for chronic medical conditions. Understanding the factors that lead to weight gain and changes in body composition, as well as the importance of lifestyle modification in combating or even preventing these changes, can help women maintain their weight and their health as they age.