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All Your Questions Answered About Menopausal Weight Gain

June 3rd, 2019

Among the many frustrating symptoms of menopause, weight gain is one of the most challenging for a high percentage of women. Unfortunately, menopause can make it harder to lose weight and easier to gain weight. At Renew Youth, we can provide access to unique treatment programs that will balance your hormones and make it easier to reduce weight gain. Keep reading to learn more about our menopause weight loss solutions and then contact us at (800) 859-7511 for a consultation.

What Causes Menopausal Weight Gain

When women go through menopause, significant hormonal changes are experienced. This imbalance in hormones often causes weight gain. Hormones that have the potential for impacting metabolism and body composition include estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, thyroid, growth hormone, and cortisol. Restoring balance to these hormones can increase metabolism and positively impact body composition, making it easier to lose fat and build muscle.

What to Expect Regarding Weight Gain and Menopause

According to a review by the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, women in their 40s who are transitioning into menopause will gain an average of 4.5 pounds. As women move into their 50s and 60s, they will gain an average of 1.5 pounds per year. As early as 30 years old, women will start to lose about .5 pounds of muscle each year, with the average rising to about one pound per year by the age of 50. Because muscle burns more calories than fat, this loss of muscle results in a slower metabolism.

Weight Loss Solutions

For most women, the solution to menopausal weight gain is to restore hormones to healthy levels by way of hormone replacement therapy.

Good lifestyle habits are important, too. The following are important for overall health, especially if you’re trying to lose weight:

  • Make sure you’re getting enough exercise.
  • Add weight training or resistance training to your exercise regimen.
  • Decrease fast food and processed foods from your diet.
  • Increase your servings of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fats.
  • Make sure you’re getting enough sleep. One study showed that women who don’t get at least five hours of sleep per night are 30% more likely to gain 30 pounds over a 16-year period.
  • Work with Renew Youth to get your hormones balanced.

If you are ready to find out how a treatment program tailored to your unique needs can help you live your best life through and beyond menopause, contact us now at (800) 859-7511.

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