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Menopause and Weight Gain

Weight gain is so common during menopause that it has been given its own name: the middle-aged spread. The increased weight associated with menopause is frequently caused by hormonal changes, which are also behind most other menopause symptoms. Additionally, muscle mass is lost during menopause, which reduces the metabolic rate. If you continue to eat the same number of calories you always have, you will gain weight. You can also suffer from weight redistribution, or gain weight around your abdomen rather than around the thighs and hips.

Although weight gain during or after menopause is not inevitable, it is extremely common. Women will need to be proactive in order to maintain a healthy weight and avoid or limit menopause-related weight gain. Increasing your overall activity level, participating in 30 minutes of aerobic activity most days of the week and adding strength training to your routine at least twice a week can help you maintain muscle mass and a healthy weight. You may also need to decrease your caloric intake in order to avoid gaining weight. For example, women in their 50s need about 200 calories less per day than women in their 30s do. Eat more vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean proteins and less processed or fatty foods.

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Maggie London June 2014

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