Unwanted weight gain can be disappointing at any age. For women, menopause is an inevitable stage in their lives, and menopause may cause undesirable weight gain, especially around the abdomen.
As we age, metabolism slows down and this factor may contribute to the excess weight women gain during menopause. Women may not be able to escape these natural changes that occur in their bodies; however, one of the symptoms – weight gain – can be prevented in several ways.
3 – Maintain A Healthy Diet
1 – Whether you reach menopause or not, a healthy diet always promotes healthy living. This is applicable even when you get older.
According to a study by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education and the Graduate School of Public Health, older women who increased their consumption of fruits and vegetables and decreased their intake of desserts, sweetened beverages, meat, and cheese were able to control their weight over time. 2 – There was also a study conducted to link self-monitoring [ self-weighing and food journal completion ] and eating-related behaviors [ dietary intake, diet-related weight-control strategies, and meal patterns ] with weight loss.
3 – The study was conducted on a sample of 123 postmenopausal overweight-to-obese women. These women enrolled in a 12-month weight-loss intervention. It was found that completing food journals was associated with a greater percent weight loss, whereas skipping meals and eating out were associated with a lower amount of weight loss.
4 – Avoid crash diets. A crash diet involves reducing the amount of food you eat in a short period of time. Due to the changes in your body, this will result in more weight gain when you start eating normally after following the crash diet.