Weight gain after the age of 45 can be so frustrating. Eating less and exercising more doesn’t work like it did when you were younger. So, what is the solution?
I have found that there are 3 Hidden Causes of Menopausal Weight Gain.
Fluctuating insulin levels. Many women don’t eat often enough and when they do eat, they consume too much. When you don’t eat often enough throughout the day, your body thinks it’s starving and your insulin levels drop too low. When you finally eat, it’s usually too much, spiking your insulin levels too high, and then your body stores it as fat for use later.
The key is to eat small meals throughout the day. Keep to mostly veggies (60%), protein (30%), and clean fats (10%). Never skip meals and never eat seconds at a meal.
Self-limiting beliefs. How do you talk to yourself? Negative self talk, as well as perfectionism, can increase your stress hormones. When cortisol increases, your sleep is disrupted and your body holds onto weight. Remember, this is a survival mechanism.
Gut and Liver health. Poor gut health leads to poor gut bacteria which can cause gas and bloating. The liver is also very important as everything you consume has to be filtered through the liver. This can affect your cholesterol levels as well as other vital blood markers. When the gut and the liver are not healthy and supported, the result is chronic inflammation. Not only will this cause weight gain, especially around the middle, but it also has long term health consequences.
Today is the last day to sign up for my 3 part class covering each of these topics in-depth as well as addressing the practical solutions to each of these issues. I hope you can join me.
If you have any questions, or need help, I’m here to support you.
Have a great week. Donna