Here’s Why You Gain Weight After Menopause… Plus, Discover What Doctors Recommend For Dropping Those Extra Pounds
As a woman in your 40s or 50s (or older), you try to take great care of yourself and your health. You work hard to eat right, exercise, and stay in shape.
Your efforts should be commended and applauded.
Instead of being rewarded for all of your hard work, though… you instead start to notice that you’re actually gaining weight. Despite carefully watching your diet and making sure to exercise regularly, the pounds are still mysteriously piling on.
This can be understandably quite frustrating.
After all, if it feels like you’re doing everything right and you’re still gaining weight… it can be tempting to throw in the towel and simply give up.
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The thing is… the weight gain isn’t your fault. In fact, gaining weight during menopause is so common that it even has its own nicknames.
The “middle-aged spread.” The “meno-pot.” The “meno-pudge.”
Ugh. It even sounds unpleasant.
Instead of getting upset and giving up completely, you need to tackle the weight gain head-on. By fully understanding what’s causing it, you can increase your changes of not only stopping it… but even reversing it.
Why Does Menopause Cause Weight Gain?
There are several different reasons that you can start to pack on unwanted weight once you hit your 40s or 50s.
However, just because you’re gaining weight doesn’t mean you’re powerless to stop it.
Preemptively tackling it while it’s still just five or ten pounds is much better than waiting until it snowballs into 20, 30, or even 50 or more pounds. Addressing it while it’s still a minor inconvenience can help prevent it from becoming a massive issue later on.
But why is it happening in the first place? And what can you do about it?
1) Your metabolism slows as you age.
You heard about it from your parents and your grandparents. Even your older friends warned you about it.
Maybe you just didn’t believe them. Or perhaps you thought you could be the exception to the rule.
Regardless, you’re experiencing it for yourself now: your metabolism has ground to a screeching halt.
Unfortunately, for people over 40, this is quite common.
There are a lot of different reasons why it can happen, but you don’t have to take it sitting down.TRENDING: Science Reveals Easy, No-Workout Ways to Lose Weight… While You Snooze!
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2) You’re not as active as you once were.
When you’re young, you feel spry and limitless. You can wake up at the crack of dawn and remain on your feet around long after the sun sets.
Unruly children? They got nothing on you.
Active job? You bet!
That 5K? You eat those for breakfast.
But then, just as 40 hits, so does the desire to relax. And it hits so hard, you get knocked clear onto your couch. It may even feel like someone super-glued your tushy to your favorite recliner.
The older you get, the less likely you feel like moving around. In turn, your activity decreases. And your weight?
It goes up.
3) You’re losing muscle mass.
Think back to your 20s and 30s. Were you happy with your body then?
Even if you weren’t entirely in love with your physique when you were younger… you can’t ignore the fact that your body was much tighter and leaner back then.
Now that you’re in your 40s, you may feel like you’re getting softer and pudgier. It’s easier to grab a roll around your middle, or your posterior might seem bigger than usual.
Sadly, you’re not imagining it.
As we age, we start to lose muscle mass. Even in a calorie deficit, you’re more inclined to have an extra layer of padding.
It just isn’t fair, is it?
4) Your fat shifts to your waist.
Even if you’re not actually gaining weight, you may start to feel a little bit squishier in the midsection.
You may think that your mind is playing tricks on you, too. You hop on the scale… see that the number hasn’t changed… and scratch your head in puzzlement.
Your hormones, that’s what.BRAND NEW: These Delicious Desserts Can Help You Burn Fat & Lose Weight
As you age, your hormones tell your body where to store fat. When you turn 40, your body signals that it’s time to start packing the fat around your tummy.
In turn, your waist starts to expand, and your jeans feel tighter.
Well. Now what?
How To Lose Weight After Menopause
Getting older doesn’t have to suck. The truth is, this is the age where your confidence peaks. As far as self-esteem goes, being in your 40s is literally the best time of your life (so far!).
Don that itty-bitty bikini? No problem. Go for that promotion? You bet. Go get ‘em, tiger!
So why are you letting a few pounds kill your motivation?
You don’t have to succumb to that weight gain without a fight. To offset the decreased calorie burn of your metabolism, there are a few things you can do.
For the best tips for losing weight after menopause, we gathered advice from several experienced medical doctors. Here are their top tips for dropping those unwanted pounds:
1) For starters, you can start a strength-training program to help rev it back up. Building muscle has been shown to boost your metabolism significantly.
3) Even if you’re not ready to run a marathon to shed a few pounds, gentle exercise can help you increase your calorie burn and help you lose weight. Try a few laps (even just walking) around the block at night, or enjoy some yoga or stretching exercises when you first wake up.SPECIAL: What’s REALLY Causing Your Weight Gain, High Blood Pressure & Constant Fatigue (If You’re Over 30 You Need to See This)…
4) Small changes to your diet may also benefit you. Eating smaller meals throughout the day can help you avoid getting overly hungry and binge eating later. Reach for protein and fiber-rich foods for maximum satiety.
5) Stress has been shown to cause abdominal weight gain, too. If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed lately, finding healthy ways to cope with your stress can help you de-bulk your middle.
6) Catching up on your zzz’s can also help. That’s because when you don’t get enough sleep, your body makes less leptin. Leptin is a hormone that suppresses hunger and signals to your brain that you are full.
Your body also makes more ghrelin if you don’t sleep enough. Ghrelin is a hormone that signals hunger.
So with less leptin and more ghrelin… your body will feel hungrier and your appetite will take more to be satisfied… leading you to eat more and more before you start feeling full.
Plus, studies have shown that when you’re sleep deprived, you’re less able to avoid the temptation of unhealthy foods.
Your age isn’t a limitation – it’s just a measure of how many laps you’ve made around the sun.
With age comes wisdom, confidence, and happiness.
As a woman in your 40s or 50s, you now have the wisdom to recognize what’s causing the weight gain. You have the confidence that you can successfully overcome it.
And finally, you have the happiness that comes with knowing you’re living the best life you can, in a body you’re treating well.
Truly, that’s something worth striving for, isn’t it?
It really is.
This Might Be The #1 Most Important Tip For Losing Weight After Menopause
If there’s one of these fat-burning tips that works best for dropping extra pounds after (or before) menopause…
As these doctors note, during deep sleep is when your body does some of its best hormone regulation and fat burning.
Yes, really – not while you’re working out… or while you’re eating a celery-only diet…
But while you’re sleeping.
And it can be as simple as pushing a button or turning a dial…