I am in the midst of menopause. My eating habits have not changed but my body has! I am getting so thick around the middle – I look mishappen.

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  1. Staness Jonekos wrote on :

    Weight gain is soooooo frustrating during menopause – it was for me too! Midlife weight gain appears to be mostly related to aging and lifestyle, but menopause also contributes to the problem. With busy lifestyles many of us don’t have time for exercise, over consume food and increase our alcohol intake.

    It is important to reduce calorie intake after midlife because less energy is expended. Whether weight gain is linked to menopause itself and/or age, the important thing is that studies shows that weight gain around menopause years can be prevented by exercise and diet—by minimizing fat gain and maintaining muscle, thereby reducing body size and burning more calories.

    I have personally found that increasing lean protein, decreasing high-glycemic carbs, and consuming healthy fats can help you find your ideal weight. As well as, eating 5-6 mini meals a days to kick up your metabolism and prevent sugar crashes and cravings.

    Make time for exercise, think of it as YOU TIME.

    If you are trying to lose weight aim for 45-50 minutes of exercise at least 5 days a week. Make sure you discuss your plan with your healthcare provider, and respect any injuries.

    If you are suffering from menopause symptoms, discuss management options with your doctor. Not feeling well can increase those stress hormones (cortisol) causing unwanted weight gain in the middle.

    July 5th my community is doing a 6-week Menopause Makeover challenge. We are focusing on building exercise habits, but everyone is working on their own personal goals too. Women have set goals from losing weight, to changing their eating habits to managing hot flashes. Please feel free to join us – it is a FREE private forum, and the ladies are incredible.


    Hope this helps.

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