Postmenopausal Weight Gain
As health care providers, we’re often asked by women why they seem to accumulate more belly fat as they age. The simple answer is that in postmenopausal women, decreases occur in our hormones of estrogen, testosterone and progesterone, which in turn changes the distribution/accumulation of body fat.
Their next question is, What can I do about it?
Diet and calories play a major role as well as hormone optimization.
We can cite the conclusions drawn from the Women’s Healthy Lifestyle Project in which women who followed a low-calorie diet (about 1,300 calories per day) and burned between 1,000 to 1,500 calories a week through physical activity saw greater reductions in their waistlines and remained below their baseline weight.
The fact is, women who want to avoid mid-life weight gain will have to take in fewer calories while burning more through exercise. Your changing hormones aren’t your fault. But if you want to avoid the 10-pound weight gain common to menopausal women, you’ll have to work at it. But it’s work that pays off in a healthier you.
Schedule an appointment with us to discuss checking your hormones for optimization possibilities.