“If I starve myself, I won’t gain weight during menopause.”
Nine out of 10 women gain weight during menopause. What women fail to realize is that their body chemistry completely changes, so that the old ways of staying slim simply won’t work.
Eat like a bird or skip a meal and you risk gaining weight instead as metabolism slows to defend against what feels to your body like starvation. You’ve got to eat to get thin. But women need to know what and how to eat in order to increase their metabolic rate and burn body fat.
Small amounts of food at frequent intervals rather than three big meals a day will help regulate blood sugar, burn calories, melt fat and get you thinner.
“I can avoid the menopausal muffin top if I work my butt off doing high intensity exercise.”
There may be nothing like an intense, sweaty workout to make you feel on top of your game, but it won’t help you shed the kilograms or the pouch. High-intensity exercises like Zumba, spinning or step – though great for cardiovascular conditioning – burn more sugars than fat, doing nothing for weight loss.
To trim the fat, you need moderate cardiovascular activity, like a 5Km walk or 45 minutes on a treadmill. Though walking is less grueling – no huff, no puff – you do need to do it every day.
“It’s not fair; menopause is starting earlier and earlier these days.”
We can’t blame hormones in the food for this one. It’s all your mother’s fault! With 99 percent certainty, women go through menopause at exactly the same age their mothers did. And in much the same way. Night sweats? Hair loss? How irritable was she? Just ask her. And make it sooner than later; many moms can’t remember, and when they do, there’s often selective memory at work.
“Menopause has done me in. I’ll never get my body back.”
There’s nothing like menopause to wreak havoc on a perfectly good body. From extra kilograms to muffin tops, hot flashes to hair loss, it’s no wonder women get depressed. Through understanding how food, diet and exercise affect the menopausal woman, symptoms can be mitigated and the damage reversed.
The trick: Understanding metabolic mechanisms and then manipulating them. The right proportion of protein to carbs, the amount of fat intake and revving up fat-burning movement will all help to regulate blood sugar and burn calories. Armed with information specific to menopause weight control, women will no longer ask, “Why is it that the older I am, the more I exercise and the less I eat, the fatter I get?”
The bottom line is that menopause doesn’t have to snatch your body and replace it with an unhealthier one; you can get your body back by understanding what is happening and applying common sense and do-able principles.
Start by boosting your declining estrogen level with natural, plant based estrogens, like the Manna Menopause Support. Download your FREE Manna Diet e-book from the Manna Website for an easy to follow, healthy lifestyle.