Fighting the Weight Gain of Menopause
Medical Information, Weight Loss Tips • July 1, 2019
Why do so many women gain weight around perimenopause and menopause? Aren’t the hot flashes, insomnia, and irritability enough?
Many women struggle with the symptoms of menopause and the associated weight gain, and although hormone replacement can help some of the symptoms of menopause, it doesn’t do much for weight.
The hormone changes of menopause encourage weight gain around the abdomen, thighs and hips. Weight gain also worsens with aging in general thanks to a slower metabolism and decreased muscle mass.
The decreased sleep with menopause also attributes to weight gain by further dropping metabolism and promoting daytime snacking.
THIS SEEMS NOT JUST FRUSTRATING BUT INCREDIBLY UNFAIR!!!
How can we tackle this hormonal weight gain??
- Talk to your doctor about sleep and medical help for sleep.
- Practice good “sleep hygiene” by going to bed around the same time each night, stopping all screens at least an hour before bed, avoid daytime naps, establish a soothing bedtime routine, avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol after 5:00.
- Work on improving your nutrition.
- Do strength and muscle work; muscle burns calories very efficiently.
If you feel like you have given these things a try and are still struggling, see an obesity medicine specialist. There are many things that can be done medically and nutritionally to boost your metabolism, energy and mood.
At Medical Weight Loss of Cherry Hill, we take care of the WHOLE PERSON, INCLUDING ISSUES WITH SLEEP AND MOOD!!
Call us for a free consultation to see if we can help you achieve your goals.