Updated: Apr 19, 2019
I have been in the menopause now for the last 3 years and the one aspect of the menopause that i have really struggled with is the weight gain.I have tried so many diets, low calorie, WeightWatchers, Atkins.....the list goes on, but they no longer work at all, not the way they use to when I was younger.
The impact that female hormones, Oestrogen and Progesterone, have on weight gain and fat loss for a woman going through the menopause, can be such a difficult time, especially when we have no understanding of how to deal with the change.
The one thing I have now realised is that I am far more carbohydrate and stress sensitive in the menopause. This means that the carbohydrates I used to be able eat that didn't affect my waistline definitely do. The lack of sleep, and the lack of exercise, I could tolerate in my younger years has now started to show itself on my mid section.
I now have to start controlling all the foods that have potential insulin promoting action, and some of these may include foods that are regarded as "healthy". So whole grain breads, sweet fruits, dairy foods and starchy vegetables are now all working against me. I've now turned to low starch vegetables, low sweet fruits such as berries, apples and pears, and protein foods which have now become my new solution to burning fat.
There are several recommendations for exercises to help combat menopause weight gain, but to me its an individual thing, as I feel taking a leisurely walk for an hour can make a difference mentally and physically.