Want to know how to really lose weight in menopause? As I see it, there are three main problems when it comes to menopausal weight loss. In this video (or shortened blog below), I’m going to share what those are, why they are a problem and what to do instead
How to Lose Weight in Menopause: A New Perspective
Menopause is a natural chapter in a woman’s life, and for many, it can seem like an uphill battle, especially when it comes to weight loss. But what if the traditional advice you’ve been following isn’t just ineffective, but could also be hindering your progress?
Why Typical Weight Loss Advice Doesn’t Work in Menopause
Most of us grew up with the mantra: eat less, exercise more. But in menopause, this approach isn’t just ineffective; it can actually backfire.
The Hormonal Symphony: At the heart of menopause is a symphony of hormones. From oestrogen to cortisol, these hormones play pivotal roles in our metabolism, energy levels, and overall health. They’re intertwined, meaning when one hormone is out of sync, it has a domino effect on the rest.
However, there’s a misconception that hormones only govern reproductive functions. But in reality, from our energy levels to our metabolism, hormones influence every physiological function in our body. During menopause, hormonal imbalances can lead to weight gain, making it crucial to focus on achieving hormonal harmony.
Before becoming a health coach and homeopath, I was deeply entrenched in the corporate world. Overworked and always tired, I thought a diet or supplement would be my magic pill. But my hormonal health was in shambles. Despite a healthy diet and regular exercise, I was constantly tired and steadily gaining weight. I experienced a range of symptoms from brown spots on my skin to reduced energy levels. Initially, I believed my hormones were in balance. However, after a journey of self-discovery and education, I found the root of the problem: adrenal exhaustion, blood sugar imbalances, and the onset of perimenopause. I’m sharing so you don’t have to make the same mistakes I made!
Three Mistakes to Avoid For Menopause Weight Loss
- Misunderstanding Hormones: Recognizing that hormones affect more than just reproduction is crucial. Instead of chasing symptoms, it’s vital to understand the root cause. Menopausal weight gain is often linked to reduced levels of oestrogen, heightened stress, disrupted sleep, and inappropriate exercise routines.
- The “Eat Less, Exercise More” Fallacy: This might offer short-term results, but it’s detrimental in the long run. It stresses the body, particularly the thyroid, leading to slowed metabolism. Our bodies, especially during menopause, become more sensitive to the stress of caloric restriction. Instead of starving ourselves, it’s essential to prioritize nutrient-rich foods, balance our blood sugar, and manage stress.
- The Calorie Counting Trap: All calories are not created equal. The focus on reducing fats (which are crucial for hormonal production and overall health) and ignoring the negative effects of sugars and refined carbohydrates is a flawed approach. During menopause, our sensitivity to blood sugar imbalances intensifies, making it crucial to be mindful of our carbohydrate consumption.
Tips for Effective Menopausal Weight Loss
- Nutrient-Rich Diet: Aim for meals rich in protein, healthy fats, and an abundance of fibrous vegetables. This not only ensures you get essential nutrients but also aids in balancing blood sugar.
- Gut Health is Essential: A healthy gut can be a game-changer. Incorporate fibrous vegetables, prebiotics, probiotics, and fermented foods into your diet.
- Keep Stress at Bay: Menopausal belly fat is often linked to elevated cortisol levels. It’s crucial to find ways to destress, set boundaries, and prioritize activities that bring joy.
- Prioritize Sleep: Quality sleep is indispensable. Insufficient rest can disrupt insulin levels, leading to unhealthy cravings.
- Strength Training: In menopause, our capacity to build muscle decreases, but its importance doesn’t. Strength training benefits range from improved bone health to enhanced metabolism. For balancing blood sugar, regular walking is invaluable.
Successful weight loss during menopause requires a more holistic approach, one that respects the intricate balance of our hormones. The journey might be challenging, but with the right guidance, it’s absolutely achievable. Remember, it’s about working with your body, not against it.
If you want to find out about how I can be that guide for you, have a look at my 4-month, one-to-one menopause programme. It’s possibly exactly what you are looking for.