It's time to buckle down and follow the top 5 tips to healthy weight loss during and after menopause. Enough wishing it would just all go away. Did you know that two out of three women experience weight gain during and after menopause. At this time in your life you may find it difficult to maintain your usual weight. It just creeps up on you and you are surprised to find that you don't fit into your skinny jeans anymore or that sexy dress from last Christmas. In fact, a weight gain of 10 to 15 pounds is common during the menopausal years. Menopause occurs on an average between 45 and 55 years of age. After menopause all the weight seems to settle in your midriff area giving you a silhouette shaped like an apple. Now is the time to take action and find that path to a healthy weight loss program.
Your menopausal body loves to play havoc with your hormones. Not only do your hormones affect your emotions, they also have direct impact on your appetite, metabolism and fat storage. Have you noticed it seems to be almost impossible to lose weight at this time? Remember when you wanted to lose 5 pounds for the date you had with that cute guy and you seemed to be able to do that over night. Or were you the one who didn't even have to give your weight a second thought because your figure was always under control.
Here's a plain and simple picture of what is happening to you now. Our bodies develop what is called an insulin resistance. Your body then turns around and stores the fat in your system as opposed to burning the calories as it once did. So if you previously ate 1000 calories for the day you would burn approximately 700 and store 300. After menopause, you eat the same 1000 calories you would burn on an average 300 calories and store 700. Thus gain weight. Seems a bit unfair doesn't it.
Today with so much information available to us we are bombarded with techniques and remedies all promising healthy weight loss for those that have approached their menopausal years. So to make it a bit easier for you I have put together a quick daily checklist of the top 5 tips for your path to healthy weight loss.
Reduce your calories. It may be necessary to cut calorie intake by 10 to 15 percent. Or just cut out dessert. You must eat a balanced diet and control your portions. Avoid refined sugars and your fat intake should be less than 30 percent. Indulge in fruits and vegetables and consume 20 to 30 grams of fiber. Drink your water. Yes, you've heard it before, drink 8 to 10 glasses daily. Increase your physical activity. Exercise becomes particularly important as a woman ages. Regular exercise benefits the heart and bones, helps regulate weight and can be a mood enhancer. Don't lose large amounts of weight. There is a balance and losing too much weight can also be hazardous to your health.
Women who are physically inactive and eat poorly are more likely to suffer from coronary heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and osteoporosis. We are more susceptible to these as we mature.
Keep this checklist in front of you as a daily reminder and create for yourself a great sense of health and well-being.