Menopause Weight Gain

There is a solution

How do you fix menopause weight gain?

If you’ve noticed your weight increasing as you go through menopause, you’ve probably also found that it’s difficult to find advice that works.

As a doctor focused on weight loss for women over 40, dealing with weight gain at menopause is something I have a lot of experience in.

And there are some key things you need to know about menopause weight gain:

1.Exercise Is Not Enough

The generic advice for anyone who’s gaining weight is to “go to the gym”.

While exercise is highly recommended for your overall physical and mental health, for women going through menopause it has minimal effect on weight loss.

You may have had this experience yourself.

You went to the gym diligently for a few weeks, and then were shocked and dismayed to see that your weight hadn’t budged.

This is not abnormal. It’s actually expected.

Many of my clients have previously blamed themselves for not doing enough exercise. But this is not the reason they have not been able to lose weight.

Again, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t exercise, it just means that it’s not enough for weight loss.


2. Hormones are only part of it

Hormonal changes of menopause cause a shift in weight from your hips and thighs to your belly.

The classic sign of this is noticing that your trousers are getting tighter or the belt of your jeans moving a couple of notches.

But the biggest contributor to weight gain after is metabolism slowing.

This combines with creeping “bad” eating habits, to cause weight gain as people get older.


3. Diets Don’t Work as Well

You may have fond recollections of being able to lose 10 pounds in a week when you were in your twenties.

But after 40, you may have noticed that even if you tried the same diet again, it just doesn’t seem to work.

This is not abnormal. It is expected.

It’s hard to lose weight as quickly after 40.

You might interpret this as a bad thing, but it’s not, because…


4. Slow and Steady Wins the Race

The fact that you can’t turn to old-fashioned diets anymore is probably your best strength.

It means you need to think about long-term solutions.

And that’s great, because we want to fix this problem once and for all.

And there’s no point losing weight quickly if you’re going to gain it all back a few weeks later.

So this also requires a shift in thinking…


5. Think Different About Losing Weight

Forget about diets. They don’t work. They’re short-term, drastic and depriving.

Instead, we need to focus on making changes to your behaviours and habits.

We need to make it a lifestyle change.


Stop the Struggle

One of the surprising things about losing weight for women going through menopause is the realisation that most of the advice they encounter about weight loss is more appropriate for people in their twenties and thirties and not really relevant to them.

If you’ve been dieting all your life, it is probably a relief for you to hear that you don’t need to go on another deprivation diet again.

Instead you need to focus on making small changes that you can live with for the rest of your life.

The Dr K Weight Loss Clinic serves areas in London including: Chelsea, Notting Hill, Kensington, Westminster, Hampstead, Regent’s Park, Marylebone, Holland Park, Belgravia, Mayfair, St John’s Wood, Knightsbridge.

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