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Menopause Monday November 17, 2014
6 Tips For Weight Loss At Menopause
Menopause and weight gain seem to go together for the majority of women, even those who have always been slim. Your hormones are one factor, but here are some useful tips to help lose those pounds.
October 24, 2014
Most women notice that along with menopause comes some unwanted weight, particularly on the stomach, hips and thighs. Unfortunately this is Nature’s way of making sure that your declining oestrogen levels are getting topped up by switching production to the fat cells.
No matter how much you exercise, or how healthily you eat, it is very hard to avoid putting on those extra pounds but there are some simple ways to manage your weight at menopause.
1. Get oestrogen dominance under control as oestrogen is produced in the fat cells you want to make sure that it is not being produced in excess. Rebalancing with bioidentical natural progesterone will help keep it under control, and as progesterone is also a diuretic that can help with that bloated stomach too.
2. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep because you burn calories when you sleep, so the less of it you get the more calories get stored in your body. Also, when tired we tend to go for a ‘quick fix’ of something comforting which is usually carbohydrate, fat and sugar none of which help lose us weight. These foods are high in calories but they affect your bloods sugar levels and then can leave you feeling tired, irritable, anxious and reaching for the next fix.
Control Your Blood Sugar
3. Some will find eating little and often as your body can cope better with several small meals throughout the day, not a couple of large ones. This is the best way of keeping your blood sugar levels stable and studies show that people who eat 4-5 meals or snacks a day are better able to control their appetite and weight. Stick to a Mediterranean style diet for healthy weight loss with fresh wholefoods, vegetables, fruit, salads, nuts, and seeds.
4. Drink plenty of water as often, though you think you are hungry, you might actually just be thirsty because the majority of us simply do not drink enough water. Your body needs fluid to perform many of its functions, but strangely enough if you drink too little you can actually end up with fluid retention as your body is holding on to whatever it can get to work efficiently. Your body does not need fluids that actually make it work harder, such as fizzy sugar laden drinks and alcohol, so stick to plain water wherever you can.
5. Reduce your alcohol intake as it can be a major obstacle when trying to lose weight. Although there are certain drinks, such as red wine, that have been some health benefits generally it is a good idea to really cut down. The problem is that alcohol upsets blood sugar levels, depletes nutrients, causes liver problems, aggravates the gut, lowers immunity and, if you’re trying to lose weight, it is not good news as it increases hunger and cravings for junk foods. We also know that your liver cannot metabolise fat while it deals with toxins like alcohol.
Get Your HEC in check ( Hinger. Energy. Cravings)
6. Understanding why you eat is crucial, as menopause certainly can be an absolute rollercoaster in terms of your emotions. If it is emotion, rather than physical hunger, that triggers your eating then it will really help you to tackle this in order to lose weight. The simplest method is to keep a food diary; noting down what you eat and why you are are eating it, for instance are you angry, sad, upset? You may find it simpler to talk this through with someone like a counsellor or a therapist who specialises in this area.
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Menopause Monday #4 Weight Gain – Unstoppable? August 25, 2014
Piling on the pounds can easily happen during menopause
Many women find it hard to control their weight during menopause but most put this down to poor diet or lack of exercise.
In fact, the hormonal changes that menopause brings are an important factor in weight gain and can make losing weight more difficult.
As we start the change, production of our body’s two major hormones, oestrogen and progesterone, starts to fall. This in itself is entirely natural.
However in Western societies, a combination of factors including extended use of birth control, processed foods and environmental toxins, cause progesterone levels to drop much faster than in societies where these factors are not present. The result is a condition called oestrogen dominance.
Oestrogen dominance is an imbalance between oestrogen and progesterone levels whereby, instead of the two hormones being relatively equal to each other, the ratio of oestrogen is elevated.
“My anxiety has gone, all my womanly feelings have returned, I lost 7 pounds in weight in 10 days (no dieting) – no more bloating…”
Jane – age 49 Surrey, UK
This can occur even with low oestrogen levels, and the symptoms are easily recognised: hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings etc.
Less well known is that oestrogen, when unchecked by progesterone, interferes with thyroid function, reducing its effectiveness.
This stimulates an increase in the production of insulin, leading to increased conversion of carbohydrate into fat, as well as sugar cravings. The result is that the weight piles on much easier and slimming down is much harder.
“There are no doubt good evolutionary reasons for some of oestrogen’s seemingly negative actions on the body such as water retention and weight gain. If we think of oestrogen in terms of procreation and survival of the fetus, it would seem advantageous to the baby for the expectant mother, in times of famine, to store body fat.”
Dr John Lee MD – What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About The Menopause
Supplementing with natural progesterone products, such as Wellsprings Serenity and 20-1 cream, helps restore hormonal balance and in doing so can make weight control throughout menopause much easier to manage.
Food or rather Cream for thought.
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