Dealing with weight gain
Understanding why weight gain can occur at menopause can help you come to terms with this biological process and learn how to better manage your weight to protect your health.
Weight gain after menopause
Many of us start to see body changes prior to menopause - this stage is called the perimenopause. These changes continue even after menopause, the point when ovulation and menstruation stop completely.
Whilst, younger women tend to collect extra pounds on the hips and thighs, a pattern known as gynoid fat distribution, perimenopausal and postmenopausal women experience different patterns of weight gain. The hormone changes that happen at this stage in life cause many women's bodies to start collecting extra weight around the middle, a pattern called android fat distribution.
Weight gain at the waist is a potential health risk because it's associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular problems.
Winning the weight loss battle
So, what can you do? The reality is that managing your weight during the menopausal years of your life is no different from managing your weight at any other time in life - although many women find it more difficult. The following strategies can help you keep the changes in check.