Women Going Through Menopause Often Struggle With Weight
Menopause, the time after a woman has her last period, can bring with it a lot of unpleasant changes, not the least of which is weight gain. The hormonal changes that occur during menopause and the symptoms it brings about, which can cause women to lose sleep and lead a less active lifestyle, all combine to cause weight gain. And those very same hormonal changes that make it easier for menopausal women to gain weight also makes it that much harder to take it off.
It can be quite challenging to lose weight during menopause. Here are 5 tips that can help.
- Get Adequate Sleep
A common complaint of menopausal women is disturbed sleep. This is largely due to the hormonal and metabolic changes that come with the post-child-bearing years. Not getting enough sleep further throws off hormonal balance, and being tired can lead to a sedentary lifestyle – both of which can cause weight gain.
- Eat a Low-Carb Diet
Just as at any time in life, but especially at menopause, it is important to eat a low-fat, low carb, “heart-healthy” diet. Avoid carbs and increase consumption of foods rich in proteins and fats.
- Add More Fiber to Your Diet
Add more whole grains to your diet, as well as foods like Brussel sprouts, flaxseeds, avocados, and broccoli. High fiber foods improve insulin sensitivity, reduce appetite, and aid in weight loss.
- Get Daily Exercise
Doing regular exercise can help reduce weight and build muscle. Aerobics are good. Resistance training can also help improve the age-related muscle loss and lose that stubborn fat around the abdomen that menopausal women experience.
- Consider Hormone Replacement
Hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, can help raise your metabolism, increase your ability to burn fat, improve sleep, and provide many other benefits that can help menopausal women lose weight. This is especially true when HRT is used as part of an overall medical weight loss program.
What You Need to Know About Medical Weight Loss
For many menopausal women, the above lifestyle changes could be easy. For others, they can seem almost impossible. If you have tried some of these techniques and failed, or you’re not sure where to begin with forming a weight loss plan, now is the time to contact Doctors Best Wellness and find out more about medical weight loss.
Medical weight loss is an approach to managing your weight that focuses on doctor-supervised plans that involve FDA approved medications, diet, exercise, supplementation, behavior modification, and often hormone optimization. Particularly for menopausal women who are struggling with their weight, HRT will be combined with other treatments and lifestyle changes — all with the goal of helping you to achieve and maintain your ideal weight for optimal health.
At Doctors Best Wellness Center, our medical weight loss plans have helped patients who have failed to achieve significant and lasting weight loss after trying almost every other diet doctor or diet plan in the South Florida area!
If you are a woman going through menopause and are struggling with weight loss, why not contact us today at (954) 475 6388 and let us design a medical weight loss plan that is right for you!