Whether a woman you likes it or not, it is quite obvious that menopause and weight gain usually goes hand-in-hand, s it is quite inevitable unless it is checkmated and reduced to the barest minimum. Unfortunately, being overweight does not just mean that you have to buy bigger clothes, but it can also come with the risk of various other health-hazards. Luckily there are ways in which you can fight this menopausal weight gain and lower the risk of developing further health issues. Briefly in this post, we shall be looking at the risks and causative factors of menopausal weight gain and how it can be minimized.
Menopausal weight gain risks
While some of the most well-known risks of being overweight include high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease, it becomes an even greater risk when this extra weight is carried around the waist. To make matters worse, during menopause weight is usually gained around the waist more than any other part of the body. When your waist measures more than 88cm, it should be a flashing warning sign that you need to do something about it.
Factors that cause menopausal weight gain
The truth about menopausal weight gain is that it is likely caused by more than one thing or condition. It is often a combination of factors that can be related to aging as well as menopause, which might explain why it is so difficult to lose this weight.
1. Menopausal factors
The main culprit in menopause is estrogen – or rather the lack thereof. Estrogen seems to help regulate body weight as well as the metabolic rate, and since estrogen levels decrease during menopause, this might explain why weight is gained so easily during this time. A lack of estrogen may also cause the body to use starches and glucose less effectively (insulin resistance), thus increasing fat storage and making it more difficult to lose weight.
2. Age-related factors
As women get older, certain changes in their bodies as well as their lifestyles may occur, such as:
- Exercising Less: Studies suggest that 60% of adults are not active enough and this increases with age.
- Loss of muscle mass: This decreases your resting metabolism, making it easier to gain weight.
- Aerobic Capacity Declines: This is the rate at which you can use up energy during exercise. So in order to use the same energy as you did in the past to achieve weight loss, you may need to increase the time and intensity of your exercise.
Minimizing menopausal weight gain by exercising
It has been proven over and over again that exercise can help you lose weight by burning fat. So it basically comes down to “the more active you are, the lower your risk of gaining weight”. The important thing to remember is that exercising while you are in the process of losing weight and exercising after you have lost it, are equally important.
This also affects menopausal weight gain. So, the best way it can be checkmated or minimized is by engaging in adequate amount of exercise.