There is no doubt that menopause usually means some extra weight gain around the tummy. This is because of the large estrogen decrease during menopause, which causes fat cells to start retaining and even storing more fat than usual.
This also means that when you try to burn fat, it is much harder and takes a lot longer.
The biggest problem is that belly fat can mean danger to the internal organs. This means that unlike fat in other regions of the body, belly fat can lead to serious health issues like stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and even breast cancer.
This is why it is important to try and lose it as soon as possible; or even better, try and prevent it by eating healthy and following a regular exercise program even before menopause.
As we age, we tend to lose muscle mass and our fat percentage increases. This causes the body to burn fat more slowly, and pick up weight more easily. In order to counter this inevitable feat, we have to get back to basics: calories taken in vs. calories burned.
Luckily there are ways you can manage your weight during menopause:
- Measure Your MiddleThe first step to taking charge of your weight is finding your starting point. To measure your middle:
- Place a tape measure just above your hipbone.
- Hold the tape measure snugly around your tummy, but don’t let it push into your skin, and make sure that it is level all the way round.
- Exhale, and take the measurement without sucking in or sticking out your tummy.
- Follow Healthy Eating Habits
The best thing we can do to manage our body weight is eating right. Include plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables in your diet. Minimize foods with saturated fats, and eat more foods with healthy fats like fish, nuts and certain vegetable oils. It is very important to keep your portion sizes in check, ensuring that you keep within your daily calorie count. Follow the Manna Diet in the free e-book.
- Exercise Regularly
It is recommended that you get at least 20-30 minutes of intensive exercise, 4 times a week. It is important to mix cardio and weight training in order to burn fat and restore muscle.Set short term, week-to-week goals for yourself in order to keep track of your progress.
- Increase Estrogen Levels Naturally
One major factor of weight gain as we age is a decline in estrogen levels. The best and safest way to increase estrogen levels is to take a product with plant based estrogens (phyto-estrogens), like the Manna Menopause Support product.