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Menopause And Weight Gain

Menopause is a medical term used to describe the time one year AFTER you stop having periods, which occurs around age 51. But the ten or more years before your ovaries go “two claws up” can put you on a hormonal roller-coaster ride every month.

During 35- 55 women experience either gain weight or  find that maintaining  weight becomes more difficult with progression in age. You also discover that the weight you gain tends to accumulate around your stomach, rather than your hips and thighs. On average, women may experience a gain of approximately 10-15 pounds in the years surrounding menopause.

But you don’t have to accept weight gain as inevitable. Take steps to prevent weight gain before it starts. And if you’ve already begun adding to your waistline, it’s never too late to reverse course through proper diet and exercise.

Causes of  menopausal weight gain

On average, women gain about a pound a year during the years leading up to menopause.

For those exceeding their optimal weight, you may set about making small changes to balance your body’s caloric need. To do this, you can either gradually reduce your caloric intake to match your body’s need, or increase your metabolism. A good way to increase your metabolism is with regular exercise. Both aerobic and weight training exercises can help. Aerobic exercise burns fat, while weight training can build muscle, which in turn burns more calories

Currently, the most effective behavioral approach for management of overweight and obesity is a combination that includes:

Keep a food diary for a week and write down every single mouthful that passes your lips. You might be amazed at just how much you’re eating without even realizing it.

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