Changes to your weight or the shape of your body are another noticeable symptom. Shifting hormones tell your body to store fat in the abdominal area, even if you’ve never had a weight problem before. This fat is difficult to lose even with diet and exercise.
Causes of Weight Gain
As years progress the metabolism slows, setting the physiological stage for weight gain. Although age itself can lead to plumped midsections, women approaching menopause have particular cause for concern. As a woman’s hormones fluctuate prior to menopause and preparing for a permanently reduced hormonal level, they are likely to experience weight gain.
Hormonal Causes of Weight Gain
- Estrogen. As a woman’s ovaries produce less estrogen, her body attempts to find the hormone in places other than the ovaries. Fat cells can produce estrogen, so her body works harder to convert calories into fat to increase estrogen levels. Unfortunately, fat cells don’t burn calories the way muscle cells do, which causes weight gain.
- Progesterone. Water retention is often linked to menopause because water weight and bloating decreases progesterone levels. Though this doesn’t actually result in weight gain, clothes can feel a bit tighter and a woman may feel as though she’s heavier.
- Androgen. The amount of this hormone increases at the onset of menopause. It’s responsible for sending new weight to the mid-section instead of to the hips, which many women are accustomed to. Some women even have a nickname for the menopause years based on the mid-section weight gain: “the middle-age spread”.
- Testosterone. Testosterone helps a woman’s body create lean muscle mass out of the calories consumed. Muscle cells burn more calories than fat cells do, increasing metabolic rate. As testosterone levels drop, fewer calories are transformed into lean muscle mass, thus a woman’s metabolism winds down.
- Insulin Resistance. Insulin resistance can occur during the menopausal years. This is when a woman’s body mistakenly turns every calorie taken in into fat. Over time, processed and refined foods may make a woman’s body resistant to insulin produced in the blood stream.
Follow a sensible diet like the Manna Weight Loss program in the free e-book. Also follow the exercise regime. By taking the Manna Menopause support product to increase estrogen levels the natural way, you can help to stop the fat producing process. Also take the Manna Blood Sugar Support product to control cravings and suppress appetite.