As you get older some women will experience menopause. Menopause is a natural biological process that happens to women between 40s and 50s that marks the end of your menstrual cycles. But if you are in menopause and trying to lose weight, your challenge is doubled and I salute you for taking on the task. for a fact it is challenging especially when you have all those hormonal changes affecting your metabolism. Your body is experiencing things you’ve never been through…can you say, HOTFLASHES and NIGHTSWEATS? But it’s not impossible for SHEROs like us, is it? No, it never is, we can lose the weight we want and learn to manage even though menopause and here are a few tips to start with:
Talk to your doctor, this is not medical advice!
Stay active: Exercise regularly to boost your metabolism, burn calories, and maintain muscle mass. Aim for at least 30-60 minutes of moderate to high-intensity aerobic exercises on most days of the week. You can also include strength training exercises, such as lifting weights, to build muscle and increase your metabolism.
Watch your diet: Pay attention to your calorie intake and choose healthy, nutrient-dense foods. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein sources, and healthy fats, and limit your intake of processed foods, sugary drinks, and high-calorie snacks. Consider working with a registered dietitian to develop a personalized nutrition plan.
Manage stress: Chronic stress can contribute to weight gain by increasing cortisol levels, a hormone that can cause you to store fat around your midsection. Practice stress-reducing activities, such as yoga, meditation, or deep breathing, to help manage your stress levels.
Get enough sleep: Lack of sleep can disrupt your hormones and lead to weight gain. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night and practice good sleep habits, such as keeping a consistent sleep schedule and creating a comfortable sleep environment.
Consider hormone replacement therapy: Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can help manage menopause symptoms and may also help with weight management.
Just be patient, persistent, and focus on making sustainable lifestyle changes that you can maintain long-term, your body will love you for it.