Is it Common to Gain Weight With Menopause?

Among the major menopause related problems, excessive weight gain is the most annoying one. As you reach your pre menopausal age, chunks of fat tend to accumulate around the waistline. By the time you get your menopause, you are already overweight and suffer from chronic obesity. Here’s what you must know about menopausal weight gain and how to keep to avoid it.

Menopausal Weight Gain: Truth and Myths

Talking about weight gain as one of the most frustrating menopause related problems, it’s been stated by the experts that the cause of menopausal weight gain is more psychological than physical. While a mix of factors related to aging and of course menopause have a lot to do for making you obese, you can actually control it. Let’s see the truths and myths associated with it

The effect of estrogen: Estrogen helps in controlling body weight, but a lower level of estrogen can increase your appetite and reduce the rate of physical activity. Alongside it reduces metabolic rate, which helps your body to convert stored energy into working energy. Since, the estrogen levels drops drastically after menopause, women tend to experience several physiological changes inside their body, which further results into weight gain and obesity. To deal with the effects of estrogen slump, experts suggest estrogen hormone therapy. After a few successful sessions of hormone therapy, menopausal effects like weight gain tend to reduce.

Reduced Physical Activity- Reduced physical activity increases body weight. You aren’t active enough during your menopause. Post menopause, most women lose their interest in physical activity and thus there’s no fat burning process. The result is excessive weight gain.

Disrupted Metabolism- You lose muscle mass with the growing age, which somehow disrupts your metabolism. A disrupted metabolism affects your digestive capacity, thus results in weight gain. Sometimes, poor metabolism also increases your appetite towards junk food, which is the main reason of your weight gain at this phase.

How to Avoid Weight Gain after Menopause     

Regular exercise and physical activity can alleviate various menopause related problems including weight gain. Here’s a list of what can actually do for this.

  • Strength training or a weight-resistance exercise program, tend to work better for women experiencing weight gain after menopause. It builds muscle and bone mass and thus, improve metabolism. Practice this twice or thrice a week to get the best results. Use weight machines, exercise bands, dumbbells as the exercise equipment. Also perform yoga in between the strength training workouts.
  • Low-impact aerobics are good for reducing perimenopausal weight. Also, it’s good for your heart and lungs. Walking is ideal in this case, but you can also do swimming, aerobics, cycling, tennis to keep weight gain at bay. Moderate exercise once a day will have holistic benefit on your health.

It’s important to add activity to your day, as much as you can. At the same time, take care of your diet. Keep it balanced and add sufficient fruits, vegetables and nuts to get the nutrients.