How To Avoid Weight Gain During Menopause

Posted on December 1, 2008. Filed under: health, weightloss | Tags: , , , , , |

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The simple message to you all is eat less, move more and this rings true for all of us whether we are menopausal women or not. However, this report came out with a few things that rang bells for me as this is just where I am now and have been wondering why I am positively avoiding exercise until my brain tells me I better get on that machine or out the door for that walk. Read on and discover some answers from Medical News Today:

“One of the most interesting things that came out of the conference – with applicability to large numbers of women – was the discussion about why women gain weight during menopause,” said Dr Sainsbury-Salis.

“So many women get confused when they start to gain weight during menopause, because their eating habits haven’t changed.”

“What the research shows clearly is that menopause causes a dramatic and sudden reduction in physical activity levels. Just prior to menopause, women halve their amount of activity compared to pre-menopause levels.”

“So one reason women gain weight in menopause is because of a reduction in energy expenditure. Combine this with unchanged eating habits and weight gain is almost inevitable.”

“We don’t know exactly why menopausal women stop moving as much. But we know it’s not because of their age and the lifestyle constraints happening at that time of life. Research suggests it’s directly related to the lack of oestrogen, which has dramatic effects on signals the brain sends to the body. We’re doing research to see what causes these effects and whether or not they continue long-term.

“A lot of women ask whether they can actively counteract that tendency. In fact, it’s been shown that women who maintain or increase their level of physical activity during menopause tend to come out the other end without gaining weight.”

“Another thing, when physical activity levels drop and your energy needs are less, it’s really important to stay in tune with your hunger signals because you just don’t need to eat as much in order to feel satisfied.”

“During menopause, most women experience redistribution of fat, often gaining weight around the middle,” said Professor Campbell. “As we have demonstrated in our research, abdominal fat is a risk factor in the development of cardio-metabolic diseases, such as diabetes. Prior to menopause, women have a lower risk of heart disease than men. Menopause equalises that risk.

Well, I better go jump on my Vibration Platform for 10 minutes and get my body moving…

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1 in 4 Americans are Pre-Diabetic or Have Diabetes: Are You Safe?

Posted on July 19, 2008. Filed under: health, weightloss, wellbeing | Tags: , , , , , |

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This report I found courtesty of Mercola.com, (thanks Joseph) should have every Aussie asking this question: “Am I on track to follow in the USA statistics?” Fellow Aussie’s we are closely following in the American’s footsteps when it comes to our dietary habits and therefore our Pre-Diabetic and Diabetic statistics: Are you going to be one of them?


“The number of Americans with diabetes has grown to about 24 million people, or roughly 8 percent of the U.S. population.

A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based on data from 2007, indicates an increase of about 3 million cases since over just two years. The CDC estimates another 57 million people have a condition called pre-diabetes, which puts people at increased risk for the disease.

Diabetes results from defects in insulin production that cause sugar to build up in the body. It is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.”

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Type 2 diabetes is totally different from Type 1 (the kind you get in childhood and which is an autoimmune disease). Type 2 diabetes is not only preventable, it is reversable! Who is in control of whether you get this disease or any of its precursers? YOU ARE! No-one else, it all rests in your choices. Your lifestyle choices.

  • Get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. (Is that really difficult for you? Then try a Vibration Platform to get you started – read the information on vibration platforms and weight loss and health here.
  • Make healthy food choices by avoiding starchy, white foods which means anything white or processed like: white bread, white rice, cake, biscuits, cookies, etc.. And eat more: fresh fruit, vegetables, protein, good oils and fats and whole grains – preferably in that order. For more information on this subject of pre-Diabetes (metabolic syndrome) CLICK HERE and diabetes and how and why you need to make healthy food choices CLICK HERE.

How do you know you might be at risk? Take a look at this list of symptoms and if you have any of these at all start your new lifestyle today:

  • Fatigue
  • Brain Fogginess
  • Low Blood Sugar
  • Intestinal Bloating
  • Sleepiness
  • Weight Gain (especially if it is hard to shift and mostly round your middle _ although you can still have the symdrome and have a normal weight distribution)
  • Increased triglycerides
  • Increased cholesterol
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Depression
  • Poly Cystic Ovarian syndrome

Check out those links today and change your lifestyle, prevent or reverse your pre-diabetes or diabetes, you can do it, I know you can. The alternative is unthinkable, so get yourself healthy today.

Our new weight loss targeting lifestyle workshops will be starting soon at the centre, why not drop in for a chat about how you can change your lifestyle and win back your health.

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