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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Can the ‘Diet’ Drinks They’re Making You Fat!

Posted on March 2, 2008. Filed under: health, weightloss, wellbeing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

sweeteners“TO LOSE weight, bin the diet cola. That’s the message from studies showing rats got fatter on diets containing artificial sweeteners than on those with sugar.

Susan Swithers and Terry Davidson at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, gave rats set amounts of yogurt sweetened with either sucrose or saccharin, plus an unrestricted supply of ordinary rat food and water. Five weeks later, the saccharin-fed rats had eaten more food, gained more weight and put on more body fat than the others.

There’s something about diet foods that changes your metabolic limit, your brain chemistry,” said ABC News’ medical contributor Dr. Marie Savard. Though Savard said more research needs to be done to uncover more information, the study does hint at the idea that the sweeteners alter a person’s metabolism.

Savard said another recent study, which included more than 18,000 people, found healthy adults who consumed at least one diet drink a day could increase their chance for weight gain.

Because so many foods today contain artificial sweeteners, the study results may go beyond diet drinks.

“The truth is, we’re putting artificial sweetener in so many different things in water, in yogurt,” Savard said. It’s unclear if the results only adhere to diet sodas, she said.

“We have to rethink what this artificial stuff does to us. If we put this in water it might not be so good,” she added.”

(Behavioural Neuroscience)

I have long held the belief that artificial sweeteners in all their forms are bad for you and finally here’s the proof. Well at least the beginning, there has been lots of anecdotal evidence for years about artificial sweetener and I am glad that science is finally catching up. Not only does much of the anecdotal evidence point towards sweeteners making you fatter, it also points toward speeding you towards diabetes, giving you migraines, neurological damage and even heart arrhythmias.

At least we know sugar doesn’t do that. Here’s a thought, perhaps it might be a good idea to retrain our taste buds to like wholesome foods again and cut down on the sweet foods. Check out my recommended lifestyle eating plan in my eBook: “A Rainbow On My Plate” on the website in the sidebar to your right.

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Are You Insulin Resistant?

Posted on February 26, 2008. Filed under: health, weightloss, wellbeing | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

insresist_w300_h2401.jpg Do you have the signs of being Insulin Resistant? Are you pre-diabetic?

Do you have heart disease, high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels?

Are you gaining weight around your middle even though you’re dieting?

Are you depressed or chronically tired?

Do you have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome?

Do you have non-viral Chronic Fatigue or Fibro-myalgia?

If you have one or more of these symptoms, you just might be Insulin Resistant.

What is Insulin Resistance?

Insulin is a hormone that is produced by your pancreas to help the body to utilize sugars in your diet, it helps the glucose (sugar) pass from your blood into your cells. Once it is in your cells, it is either used to fuel muscles or stored as fat for future needs.

Insulin resistance happens when a diet high in carbohydrates forces the cells to resist the flood of carbohydrates and all that glucose just stays in the blood, and not only do you now have high blood sugar which is the forerunner to diabetes, the pancreas continues to produce more insulin and you now have insulin overload as well.

What are the symptoms of Insulin Resistance?

  1. Fatigue.
  2. Brain fogginess and inability to focus. Sometimes the fatigue is physical, but often it’s mental.
  3. Low blood sugar. Mild, brief periods of low blood sugar are normal during the day, especially if meals are not eaten on a regular schedule. But prolonged hypoglycaemia with some of the symptoms listed here, especially physical and mental fatigue, are not normal. Feeling agitated, jittery, moody, nauseated, or having a headache is common in Insulin Resistance, with almost immediate relief once food is eaten.
  4. Intestinal bloating. Most intestinal gas is produced from carbohydrates in the diet. Insulin Resistance sufferers who eat carbohydrates suffer from gas, lots of it.
  5. Sleepiness. Many people with Insulin Resistance get sleepy immediately after eating a meal containing more than 20% or 30% carbohydrates.
  6. Weight gain, fat storage, difficulty losing weight. For most people, too much weight is too much fat. The fat in IR is generally stored around the midsection in both males and females.
  7. Increased triglycerides.
  8. Increased blood pressure. It is a fact that most people with hypertension have too much insulin and are Insulin Resistant. It is often possible to show a direct relationship between the level of insulin and blood pressure: as insulin levels elevate so does blood pressure.
  9. Depression. Because carbohydrates are a natural “downer,” depressing the brain, it is not uncommon to see many depressed persons who also have Insulin Resistance.**

What can be done?

First of all the good new is Insulin Resistance can be controlled by diet, this is a whole new lifestyle, not a diet that you do for a few weeks or months. A whole new way of eating and exercising is needed. If you need more help there are some drug treatments and supplements that can greatly help with the challenge of getting your insulin and blood sugar under control. The great new is that once you have changed your lifestyle, most if not all of your previous health challenges will often disappear completely.

For more information on Insulin Resistance and the Lifestyle choices you need to make please see my eBooks “Sick, Tired and Overweight” and “A Rainbow on My Plate” on http://www.health-fitness-videos.com or click the link to Wamuran Fitness and Wellbeing in the left sidebar under the heading “Blogroll”.

**This is not a guide to the various types of depression and in no way constitutes a medical diagnosis or recommendation.

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