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Menopause and Weight Gain

menopause and weight gain

Midlife is full of surprises. One of them being weight gain. You’re doing the same routine you’ve been doing for years and all of a sudden pounds are piling up. Not only are the pounds increasing you noticed the body is changing. The weight seems to be stuck in the middle.

Metabolism slows down for both men and women as we get older, which means if you are eating the same amount of food you will be gaining weight. Also with the decline of estrogen, fat is now deposited around the middle. You might notice that your pants and skirts are a bit tighter around the midsection.

Can a Midlifer lose weight and maintain?  The answer is Yes! Some might say that weight gain is expected as you get older. Expected yes but it doesn’t have to be that way. You can do something about it.

These are the simple steps I take my midlife clients through that help them to lose weight and maintain. It’s simple, but not easy, however over time if you stick with  you these steps you will start to see results. Eventually these steps become a habit. You might stumble along the way but never give up. Just pickup and keep going.

1) Mindset – It’s not going to happen overnight. Prepare your mind. This is a goal without a deadline. This is a lifestyle for you that will start off with baby steps. It’s not going to be easy but you can definitely do it. You can.

2) Avoid shiny object syndrome. Your best friend might tell you about the new diet she’s on that worked or you see something online that your favorite celebrity is using. Don’t get distracted stick with the plan.

3) Journal.  There is no getting around this when you work with me. This is a great way for you to see what you’re eating, when you’re eating and why you’re eating. My clients text me daily what they’ve eaten for the day.

4) Recognize your hunger signals. Pay attention to when you are physically hungry. This put you in the driver’s seat of your eating habits. Once you start to pay attention to why you eat you will notice if you are eating when you are physically hungry or if you’re eating because of an emotional need to eat.

5) No starvation. No cheat days. No deprivation. None of these apply when I work with my clients. For some, it takes a while for them to stop doing this because they’ve been doing it for a while, but eventually the goal is to able to eat whenever you want because you are physically hungry.

6) Fuel food and Joy food. Fuel should be eaten 80-90% of the time and joy food 10-20%. Fuel food is food that nourishes our body, while joy food is what we eat for pure pleasure and doesn’t provide a lot of nutritional value if any.

7) Accountability. This is so important. For the most part, my clients have hired me to keep them accountable to their goals. Get your spouse, friend, sister, brother to be your accountability partner. Most times we will stick to the plan because someone is going to ask us about it. An accountability partner makes a difference.

If you’re looking to lose weight go ahead and start with these steps. Feel free to email me if you have questions.

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