Weight-loss and Menopause
When you see the words weight-loss and menopause women typically don’t think they go together. Typically, you think weight gain goes with menopause, but it doesn’t have to. Why do women gain weight during perimenopause and menopause? It’s because of the loss of estrogen in the body. Estrogen actually helps to burn fat so as your level of estrogen decreases so does your ability to burn fat. BUT don’t fear, it’s not all doom and gloom-you can still lose weight with these tips.
- Eat more protein. Most women do not get enough protein in their diet. Protein helps you feel full plus helps with aiding weight loss while keeping your lean muscle mass.
- Increase your fiber intake. Eat more veggies-Brussel sprouts, spinach, kale, broccoli, peppers…etc. Fiber helps regulate your digestive system helping you get rid of bloat.
- Lift weights-in order to lose weight and maintain your weight loss you need to lift weights. The more muscle you have, the less fat you have. If you don’t know how to lift weights or where to start, find a Personal Trainer to help you get started. Don’t even think about using the 5lbs dumbbells-your purse weighs more than that-pick up a heavy weight that you can lift with correct form and do that 3 days a week.
- Reduce your stress-stress produces cortisol in your body which also likes to hold on to fat. Aerobic activity places stress on your body so if you are doing hard aerobic activity many days during the week you could be doing more harm then good to your body. To reduce your stress and still get in a workout try walking or yoga.
Put these 4 tips into action and before long you will be feeling better and your clothes will be looser!
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