It’s probably safe to assume that the reason you found this article is
because you’ve gradually, but progressively gained some unwanted
weight, especially around your mid-section. This is somewhat
surprising since you’ve not necessarily changed your lifestyle or
eating habits. As a matter of fact, there’s a good chance you’ve even
cut your caloric intake, but still the weight remains. Could this
weight gain be associated with menopause? If you’re a woman in your
thirties of forties, the answer is “yes – most definitely.” Weight
gain, as you approach menopause, is quite common and often one of the
first symptoms of menopause that women notice. This is true even if
you’re still experiencing regular periods.
You see, as you approach menopause your body’s hormone levels are
declining, thus causing many changes to occur. As your estrogen levels
decline, your body will naturally look for other places from where to
get the needed estrogen. Unfortunately, fat cells are capable of
producing estrogen, which results in your body working harder to
convert calories to fat.
In addition to the declining levels of estrogen, your body’s
testosterone levels are also declining. As you may know, testosterone
is the hormone that converts your calories to lean muscle mass.
Obviously, with lower testosterone levels you’re now losing muscle
mass. Since muscle burns far more calories than does fat, your body is
no longer capable of burning calories the way it used to.
As you can see, your declining hormone levels are the main culprit
behind all of the weight gain you’re now noticing. Don’t think for one
minute that you need to accept or welcome this unwanted enemy because
you can easily lose this menopausal weight gain. I recently published
some inspirational quotes on my website to assist women in their
everyday lives. One of my favorites comes to mind when I think about
what makes so many women complacent when they’re faced with symptoms
of menopause and weight gain. Jim Rohn once said “Discipline is