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Menopause and Weight Gain: 6 Hard Habits to Break

Approximately 9 out of 10 women experience mild weight gain during menopause. Those odds don't sound very good, do they? Maybe it's best just to resign yourself to the "it's inevitable", the answer is "no" because it is not inevitable!

Menopause and Weight Gain: 6 Hard Habits to Break

Though your weight gain at this time may be linked to unavoidable hormonal fluctuations, particularly of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. This is not the only possible cause since slowed metabolism and other physiological changes also occur with age. Poor lifestyle habits may also be affecting your weight, so try breaking these seven habits and then see how you feel.


It's a chilling 65° degrees F: better drive today

Menopause and Weight Gain: 6 Hard Habits to Break

An inactive lifestyle can make a major contribution to weight gain during menopause. Exercising is so important for middle-aged women, not only for keeping off the pounds, but for maintaining a healthy heart and avoiding osteoporosis, too.


If it's liquid, it doesn't count

Menopause and Weight Gain: 6 Hard Habits to Break

Be it a cream and sugar filled latte from the coffee shop or a vodka packed sex on the beach cocktail during happy hour, many women are unaware of the amount of calories they are consuming in liquid form. Next time you're at Starbucks, try your coffee black (it really isn't that bad) and instead of a cocktail, opt instead for a gin or vodka and tonic: still classy, but more waistline friendly.


I can eat whatever I want

Your metabolism will most likely have slowed down as you have grown older and entered menopause. However, this doesn't mean you have to entirely banish your favorite foods: moderation is key, so just make sure you keep an eye on portion sizes.


Water doesn't taste at all

Menopause and Weight Gain: 6 Hard Habits to Break

Water may be tasteless, but it can easily be made more interesting by adding freshly sliced lemon or lime. Your body needs to be well hydrated for many reasons, including proper absorption of nutrients. If you really think your water tastes awful, try investing in a filtration system. There is a style available for every budget.


Skipping breakfast will make me skinny

Not eating breakfast is one of the worst habits to fall into. It is important to eat a balanced and healthy breakfast every morning to get your metabolism started. Plus, eating breakfast will make you less likely to binge at lunch.


I can live on wheat toast and a bag of spinach

Menopause and Weight Gain: 6 Hard Habits to Break

While both of these are healthy choices, your body needs variety in its diet in order to get all the different kinds of vitamins and nutrients necessary to function properly. So surprise your tummy and your tongue: mix things up.


If you are following a healthy diet, getting plenty of exercise and still gaining weight, you may want to talk to your doctor about having tests done to rule out other possible health conditions like thyroid complications. But remember, if you aren't eating and living well, there is plenty you can do to address the situation and manage your weight. To find out more about healthy food and exercise choices towards weight gain treatments, follow the link below.

Lose Weight During and After Menopause

Many women experience weight gain and changes in distribution of weight throughout menopause. Click here for tips on managing weight in a healthy way.

How Do Sugar Cravings Contribute to Weight Gain during Menopause?

Everyone gets sugar cravings once in a while, but controlling those cravings and cutting back on sugar intake improves your overall health.

Rapid Weight Gain

Many women are shocked at the sudden weight gain they experience when going through menopause. Learn why this happens and how to fight it.

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