Thursday, January 21, 2010
Experts say the best way to avoid menopause weight gain, is to keep your blood sugar levels balanced.
How do hormones affect weight gain?
Although maintaining a healthy weight can be a challenge for women of all ages, as time goes on, it get becomes more and more difficult to keep the weight off. On average, women will gain about 10-15 pounds beginning in perimenopause and then gain approximately one pound per year, throughout menopause. Menopause weight gain is the result of a hormonal imbalance. Hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, cortisol and testosterone are either dangerously high or sorely deficient, resulting in a series of symptoms such as weight gain, fatigue, low libido, irritability and mood swings.
However recent studies suggest that women tend to gain more weight after menopause, rather than during. This is because post-menopausal women burn 300 fewer calories per day. Menopause symptoms tend to precipitate into life after menopause and often continue to wreak havoc on the body, if left untreated.
Curtailing the blood sugar roller coaster
Being that women burn fewer calories after menopause, it’s important to closely monitor blood sugar levels. When blood sugar levels are constantly changing, the fluctuation inhibits the body’s metabolism, often resulting in menopause weight gain and adrenal fatigue. When a woman maintains a steady blood sugar level, her body can break down stored fats more easily, thus improving her metabolism, making it easier for her to achieve and maintain an ideal weight.