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Avoiding Weight Gain During Menopause

By Kim Allarie

Menopause symptoms aren’t limited to night sweats and mood swings. No matter whether you’re in perimenopause or full menopause, you can expect to gain some weight. In fact, it’s believed that most women will gain a pound a year throughout this time.

Most experts are of the opinion that the the fluctuating hormone levels that accompany menopause lead to noticeable weight gain. There are other things as well that cause weight gain in the mature woman. Your lifestyle is a key player in the changes taking place in your body. A less active lifestyle and eating too much for your reduced calorie needs are frequently the culprits. As well, the composition of your body changes as it accumulates more fat and begins to lose muscle, a result of a slower metabolism. Heredity is also a factor in menopausal weight gain.

Since excessive increases in weight can result in health problems, it could compound the symptoms associated with this condition. It’s also been shown that women who gain 20 pounds or more following menopause have a 20 percent higher likelihood of developing breast cancer. But women who slim down during this time have a better chance of avoiding the disease. Through losing 20 pounds, you can reduce your risk for breast cancer by 23 percent.

If you want to keep from putting on weight and maintain good health during menopause, a healthy diet and regular exercise are highly advisable. Daily exercise can boost your metabolism, thus enabling you to burn more fat. Additionally, muscle mass can be built up through strength training, which further increases your metabolism and also builds up your bones.

The advantages of a healthy diet are well documented. But starting in your 40s, you need to consume 200 fewer calories each day just to maintain your weight where it is. If you are eating a good diet at the commencement of perimenopause, you will not gain as much weight once you have fully entered menopause.

We all need to accept the inevitable transitions which will take place in our bodies. If you’re hoping to maintain the body you have now for the rest of your life, don’t hold your breath. We might despise the thought that our bodies won’t be eternally tight and toned, regardless of our efforts. But the best approach is to work at controlling those facets of your health which can be improved.

If you don’t want to take prescription medication to relieve the discomfort of menopause, you’ll be happy to know that there are a number of natural remedies for menopause that can ease your symptoms. Get more information at Menopause Symptoms Relief.

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