Whittle Your Middle – Has Menopausal Weight Gain got you Down?


I recently gave a seminar on the challenges of menopausal weight gain – I thought I would re-share some of these helpful tips! Oh and Miss Daisy was looking exceptionally cute so I thought I would “share” her with all of you!

REMEMBER WHEN…?

Remember when you could eat pretty much anything you wanted and remain at the same weight?

Remember when you could just go for a walk or 2 a week and notice your jeans getting looser?

Remember??

For many of us, those days are gone. What is going on? This is a question I get from clients many times a week. Seems like we have to work twice as hard just to maintain our weight, let alone lose a few pounds. Guess what? There is a physiological reason for this and luckily there are some concrete solutions as to how to deal with this issue. For many women this weight gain is related to peri menopause and menopause. 90% of women experience increased weight between the ages of 35-55 years old. It is a gradual weight gain, that tends to sneak up on us and suddenly we have 10-20 extra pounds to lose. The sad truth is that for most of us, these pounds are more difficult to lose.

DON’T THROW IN THE TOWEL

Mid-life weight gain can be incredibly frustrating. You feel like you are eating healthy and working out, but the pounds just don’t want to budge, especially those extra inches around your middle. Many factors contribute to this weight gain, stress, hormones, sedentary lifestyle etc…

One factor in particular can be influenced by food intake – INSULIN RESISITANCE. Insulin Resistance occurs when our bodies convert most of the calories we eat to FAT due to fluctuations in blood sugar.

WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT INSULIN RESISTANCE AND THE HORMONAL CHALLENGES ASSOCIATED WITH MENOPAUSE?

Ditch the Diet Mentality – This is a lifestyle change. You need to focus on changes that you can live with over the long haul. Gone are the days of having a shake for breakfast and lunch and a frozen diet dinner at night. If you cannot live with your dietary changes and go back to old habit – the weight will come right back. Additionally, scientific research has proven that quick weight loss from a very low-calorie diet can slow down our metabolism. We want to keep the metabolism burning calories constantly all day.