With hot flashes and mood swings, weight gain is the last thing you want to think about…
The sad truth is that feeling bloated and gaining weight are two of the most common side effects of menopause.
We often overlook these symptoms. Unfortunately these are some of the most devastating menopausal symptoms. Weight gain is never a delight, and the added bloating can cause severe discomfort. Luckily there are some ways to decrease or prevent these annoying symptoms.
Before we can understand how to fight these symptoms, we first have to learn what causes them and what they mean.
Why do I gain weight during menopause?
As with most menopausal symptoms, menopausal weight gain and bloating is largely due to changes in hormone levels. This is usually linked back to the decline in estrogen levels that a woman experiences during menopause.
You can expect to gain between 5 and 10 kilograms during menopause. The changes in hormone levels also change where the most of the fat gets stored. While women usually gain fat in the thighs and bottoms, the weight gain shifts to the tummy area during menopause.
However, abdominal fat is much more than just a cosmetic eyesore; it can spell danger for your health.
Extra belly weight can increase your risk of developing heart disease, insulin resistance, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
Weight gain can happen even without menopause…
Apart from the affects of menopause, women usually start to lose muscle mass simply due to age. This is why it is as important as ever to stay active and even increase your physical activity as you become alder.
How do I beat menopausal bloating and weight gain?
Although weight gain and bloating are normal symptoms of menopause, they can be minimized or prevented. Some simple tips to help fight menopausal bloating and weight gain are:
- Exercise regularly. At least 150 minutes of cardio exercise per week, combined with medium strength training exercises is recommended.
- Cut back by 200 calories per day to help manage your weight in your 50s.
- Foods that a must for menopausal women include: bananas, blueberries, leafy greens, salmon, whole grains and yogurt.
- See the Manna Diet eBook for ways and means to healthy weight loss.
- Increase your estrogen levels the natural way with a supplement like the Manna Menopause Support.
If you get bloated a lot, try to reinstate healthy bacteria to your digestive tract with the Manna GUT Support.