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…

Be Fit! Be Well! do it oinline…

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