Menopause Diet Tips
As Women age and transition through Perimenopause and Menopause, we may begin to experience sudden and inexplicable weight-gain, as well as other symptoms such as, low energy, depression, irregular cycles, hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia and more. Many women exercise regularly with no success in losing unwanted weight or body fat. This can be extremely frustrating and discouraging!
Enhancing our metabolism is key to our success and our ability to maintain our weight loss goals. Metabolism converts the fuel in the food we eat, into the energy needed to power everything we do from moving, to thinking, to growing. Specific proteins in our body control the chemical reactions of metabolism. A Metabolic Rate is how fast your metabolism works and is measured in calories.
The calories you eat can go to one of three places:
- Work (i.e. exercise and other activity).
- Heat (i.e. from all those biochemical reactions).
- Storage (i.e. extra leftover “unburned” calories stored as fat).
So, what affects your metabolic rate? The gland at the front of your throat releases hormones to tell your body to “speed up” your metabolism. Of course, the more thyroid hormone there is, the faster things will work and the more calories you'll burn. Unfortunately, menopause works against our thyroid and slows our metabolism making it very challenging to lose weight & maintain our desired goals. Thyroid and hormone balance then become a high priority.
Blood work may often show no change in thyroid balance, yet many women will still have symptoms associated with thyroid imbalances.
Menopause Diet is not just about losing weight.
Diet & lifestyle modification will adjust and maintain improved metabolism. Protein for example may increase our metabolism and balance our blood sugar. Targeting a weight loss program specific to menopause provides women with an opportunity to lose body fat and maintain their new & improved body shape moving forward. It’s not just about losing fat, it’s also about maintaining it with confidence months & years ahead. It’s all about moving forward with success. Maintaining a healthy caloric count, adding the necessary nutrients and proteins, coupled with regular exercise and hormone balance, will not only support your long-term weight loss success, but make your transition into menopause and beyond, a lot smoother!