On average, women gain between 6 to 8 kilograms between the ages of 45 and 55, the stage in life when menopause typically occurs. This extra weight generally does not evenly distribute itself throughout a woman’s body.
The weight tends instead to accumulate around the abdomen, and women often notice the shape of their bodies slowly lose their hour-glass figure and begin to take on a rounded shape.
Women generally know when they have gained weight and don’t need to learn how to identify this menopausal symptom. Some of the indicators, however, are unique to weight gain associated with menopause, such as:
- Increase in body fat percentage
- Fat accumulation around the abdomen
- Difficulty maintaining usual weight
- Increase in breast size
- Steady weight gain
- Slower metabolism
- Change in body shape (pear to apple)
Cause of Weight Gain
A woman’s hormones have complex functions in her body, including weight control. Here’s a list of the different hormones that can affect weight gain and how:
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 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 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 low carbohydrate diet, like the Manna Weight Loss Program. You will definitely need less food as you grow older, so you have to reduce portion sizes. Taking a product like the Manna Menopause Support helps to increase estrogen levels in the most natural way without any side effects.
You can also take the Manna Blood Sugar Support with each meal to help with appetite control and to counteract any food cravings.