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What You Need To Know About Menopause And Weight Gain

May 8, 2008
A common complaint of women in the age group of 40 to 50 after their menopause is weight gain. Menopuase and weight gain seem to go hand in hand in many women. During this time maintaining present body weight becomes very tough for the woman. Interestingly most of the weight is accumulated in the abdomen and not in the thighs and hips. This creates even more problems for the woman.

Most women become frustrated as well as shocked to see the drastic changes in their body after menopause. They feel that although they are eating and exercising in the same way as earlier they cannot control the extra pounds that are getting added to their body everyday.

Women must realize that it is a natural phenomenon. The extra weight gained comes from the change of hormonal levels of their body. These hormones that are likely to be affected are progesterone, estrogen, androgen, and testosterone.

Women in their menopausal stage gain weight also because of changes in their lifestyle. Often, they reduce the amount of exercise now compared to exercise routines when they were younger. Lack of exercise leads to accumulated fats.

Women also tend to eat more in this age but the calorie requirements of the body gets decreased as a person gets older. The result thus is weight gain. Further, it is also believed that genetic factors also play a huge role in increasing weight in women after menopause.

Now the more important question is what should a woman do after menopause so that she does not gain much weight? The answer to this is very simple and indeed a regular weight loss methodology. However the only difference is that now you need to be more disciplined as well as careful about your health. Following are some of the age old but sure solutions to lose weight both after and during menopause.

Have a healthy and balanced diet. Drink lots of water and avoid sugars and junk food.

Secondly, do not use a crash diet for weight loss. This is a misconception that a crash diet can help lose weight. In fact a crash diet deteriorates your health even more.

Losing weight in a short amount of time can lead to osteoporosis. You must understand that weight loss should be balanced and carried out gradually.

Avoid food and drinks that are not good for your body like sugar, junk foods, and those containing alcohol, nicotine and caffeine.

Regular exercise is also a better solution to your weight problem. You should try aerobics because it will burn excessive fats and will also increase your metabolism. You can also do weight bearing activities to successfully manage your weight. You can walk, run or swim or ride the bicycle but you should do it on a regular basis.
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