Menopause: Change of Life, Change of Diet (cont.)
Gaining weight seems to be unavoidable during menopause. What's the best thing we can do for ourselves to prevent that dreaded "middle-age spread?"
There's a fun chapter in the book called, "If I'm Sweating So Much, Why Aren't I Losing Weight?" The problem is, there are a few things going on for women during this time. Their metabolism is shifting at the same time their body is changing into an apple shape, if they haven't already been an apple. Your body literally starts shifting towards an apple and metabolism changes.
You don't have to roll over and play dead here. You can fight this by exercising more and doing some strength training for your muscles. This will increase your metabolic rate. You're trying to increase your metabolic rate to counteract the natural decrease that's coming with aging, thereby sort of neutralizing this.
Also, eating smaller meals through the day and eating light at night will help sort of increase your metabolism. Paying more attention to portion size is key here, because some of the women who have not had to pay attention to portion sizes earlier in life (definitely not me) now have to because of the shift, because of the changes. Now is the time to pay attention to eating when you're hungry and stopping when you're comfortable. Many people get away from this. It sounds simple, but it's something we have to re-learn.
Another key is not to diet. No "fad diets," because dieting sort of starts messing around with the eating when you're hungry, stopping when you're comfortable strategy, and I think we all know in our heart of hearts that diets don't work long term. What do make a difference are the permanent changes we make in our food choices and our lifestyle.
Let me just list a few secret weapons I talk about in my book to put the odds in your favor about weight loss and weight maintenance:
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