6 Reasons Why Weight is Gained During Menopause

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It is the common occurrence for women to put on more weight as they age, and maintaining usual weight becomes an uphill task for most women. This is even more evident during the transition to menopause and in the subsequent years, and this is not to say that there is nothing you can do it. But of course, the starting point is in knowing and paying careful attention to the factors that trigger the accumulation of additional pounds. In this way, you won’t have to subject yourself to a feeling of low self-esteem because of your new look, and you would positively manage the possibility of health conditions that are deemed life-threatening.

  • Declining levels of estrogen and distribution of fats: The fluctuating levels of estrogen continue to wreak havoc in the mid-life of women. Since the ovaries can no longer produce sufficient amounts of estrogen for the normal functions. The body is rescued by other sources including fat cells, in the end lowering the conversion of stored energies into working energies, which means there are more fats in reserve and increased the difficulty in losing weight; typically, the body becomes ineffective in the use of starches and blood sugar. Women who are still in the childbearing age have more tendencies to keep fats in the lower body while for postmenopausal women it’s around the abdomen.

  • Age-related factors: Menopause is a product of aging in women, and with aging comes reduces engagement in physical activities, which contributes to additional pounds. More than 50% of the adults in our world today are largely considered sedentary, a trend that is worrying. And even if all menopausal women were to take part in exercising, with old age catching up with them they cannot do so vigorously, which means the rate of burning fats or using stored energy reduces drastically as well. The only way to overcome this would be to have more time and increase intensity for exercising. With the loss of muscle mass also comes reduced resting metabolism, which leaves a woman prone to putting on weight.

  • Genetic causes: Weight gain during menopause is a common occurrence for women whose parents or immediate relatives have a history of carrying more weight, especially in the abdominal region. This realization ought not to be a source of worry. Instead, it should help one prepare in time for such an eventuality, putting the necessary measures of weight control in place in good time.

  • Stressful Moments: Life is full of situations that often leave people sad and gloomy, tearing our emotions apart. This could be at the point of departure for children, an agonizing divorce process, or loss of a loved one through death. On one end, these experiences have a far-reaching effect on the eating habits and activity levels of a menopausal woman. Some may continue feeding but have reduced movement and lowered activity level, hence increased weight. However, the majority of women will opt to reduce the amount of food eaten over a short period severely. In the end, the body will resort to using muscle tissues to supply energy, and with reduced muscle tissue comes reduced ability of the body to burn kilojoules. When this happens, the level of leptin (a fat hormone responsible for the regulation of appetite and metabolism) reduces, hence the reverse (more appetite and low metabolism). It also happens that with reduced estrogen levels, the tendency for menopausal women to eat more increases.

  • Lifestyle choices: While eating patterns may work for or against the amount of weight during menopause, there is a need to keep off some lifestyle patterns like excessive consumption of alcohol and quitting cigarette smoking. Some women also resort to emotional eating whenever they go through emotive moments in life, for they keep biting or munching snacks and other fast foods that easily trigger weight gain. Perhaps to avert such scenarios, women affected in this sense should consider seeking the company of friends to open up to, or seek the solace of a quiet place.

  • Insulin Resistance: it is also possible that with menopause also comes insulin resistance, where every calorie consumed by a woman is converted into fats; should this continue over a span of time, the insulin produced in the blood stream may face resistance as a result of processed and refined foods.

Conclusion

As many as there are multiple causes of weight gained during menopause, so are the solutions and the preventive measures, including the use of remifemin reviews. Most herbal products and alternative medications may be helpful in dealing with other symptoms of menopause which may directly or indirectly contribute to gaining weight. Be sure to keep your doctor in the know-how before picking any of the products, to protect you from possible adverse side effects. It is indeed possible to keep the right amount of weight.

Reference:

1. http://www.updatednews.ca/2015/11/05/what-causes-weight-gain-during-menopause/

2.http://the-zeit.com/2015/12/17/4-dietary-mistakes-that-lead-to-weight-gain-during-menopause-and-how-to-avoid-them/

About Sophie Addison

Sophie Addison is an enthusiast blogger and writer. She is very passionate about writing general health and fitness. She has posted articles on skincare problems, joint pain treatment, weight loss and woman’s health. Apart from work she likes gardening and listening music.
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