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BWS Blog
18th Nov

2014

Weight-menopause

Your Metabolism, Your Menopause.

Your Metabolism, Your Menopause. Women who are experiencing menopause may notice that they gain weight and that their metabolism seems to slows down.

It is normal for women to experience weight gain, however, there are many things a woman can do to speed up her metabolism and prevent the weight gain.

First, it is important to understand that weight gain and metabolism are all related. If a woman cuts down on the amount of food she eats her metabolism will slow down and burn fewer calories. Consequently, it is important to eat a good quantity of healthy foods, and keeping a healthy, balanced diet filled with fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat, and fiber.

Most women experience a 5% decrease in metabolic rate per decade with the approach of menopause. They need about 200 fewer calories a day to maintain their normal weight as they enter their mid to late 40s.

Your Food.

You will have to make some lifestyle changes if you want to maintain your normal weight through and post Menopause:

  • Monitor and amend your calorie intake
  • Lower you carbohydrates (especially processed ones)
  • Lower your salt intake
  • Control the alcohol intake

Not only what you eat, but how you eat it, is an important part of managing your metabolism:

  • Begin your day with a glass of cold water
  • Eat several, small meals throughout the day rather than larger meals at one sitting
  • Choose low-fat, protein rich foods, such as chicken, turkey, and low-fat dairy products.
  • Add green tea to your diet. It is filled with antioxidants which can speed up metabolism.

Your Exercise.

Maintaining an light exercise program will delivery good results with weight management during and post menopause. These tips will help you achieve success:

  • Try to exercise around the same time every day – a routine will help
  • Find an exercise buddy – you will inspire each other to continue
  • Drink six to eight glasses of water daily – this may seem a lot, but will soon become normal
  • Find an activity that you like – you will most likely to stick to it

Get Help.

If you feel you need further help managing your menopause symptoms:

Menopause Doctor: make an appointment

Menopause Therapist: make an appointment

 

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