Much of this weight, approximately one pound per year, is gained during peri-menopause. As your oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels drop it brings about a change in body shape, and fat starts to accumulate around your middle section rather than your hips and buttocks, making it feel like you have gained more weight as your waist bands start to feel tighter.
As we age our metabolism also slows down and our muscle mass diminishes, causing the composition of the body to shift to more fat and less muscle – and having more fat than muscle means your metabolic system burns less calories.
So if you continue to eat the way you have been doing, you are likely to gain weight. Fat cells also contain oestrogen, and as your oestrogen levels drop your body is keen to hold on to as much oestrogen as it can, making it extra hard for you to lose the weight.
You need to make changes in your lifestyle and commit to an exercise programme. Take a look at your diet and your portion sizes. Most of us eat far more than we need –
eating 250 fewer calories a day could help control your weight.
The Menopause 30 Day Concierge Programme is a great way to kick start your new routine if you’re floundering. Each day you are given a diet plan with easy to follow recipes, all specifically tailored towards your changing body’s requirements. This is complimented by a daily exercise plan and a daily health and beauty routine.