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Do you gain weight during menopause?

By Blogger August 6, 2014 - 4:52pm
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Does a normal woman gain weight during menopause? How can I prevent weight gain during menopause? 

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Hi Hayden

Thanks for this question! 

Unfortunately yes, many (not all) women do gain weight due to menopause and there are many reasons for this. 

Firstly, we have a huge hormonal shift where we lose estrogen. This can and often does lead to weight gain. 

Another reason is that about this time (generally in our 40s and especially 50s) we tend to lose muscle mass and gain more fat. This is partially due to the aging process. 

Another reason - to be very honest- is that many women don't care about their figures anymore, at least not like they did in their younger years where eating cake was taboo and wearing size 4 jeans was actually important. Older women have bigger fish to fry and really don't have that mentality as much!  Diet is very much a factor in menopausal weight gain, however, and although they have earned their stripes, middle-aged women should not over-indulge often. 

Another factor is lack of exercise. It's just as important for a middle aged woman to exercise as a younger women but sometimes that falls along the wayside while older women are working hard, paying for older teens and all their needs or taking up jobs to put their kids through college. Stress certainly factors into weight gain. 

Genetics also play a part. If your mom and your grandmother gained menopausal weight - then you are more likely to as well. 

But there is hope, Hayden! And weight gain is not guaranteed! Here is a great Q & A session from our Community that I think will really help you! 


Let me know what you think! 



August 7, 2014 - 5:58am
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