Why oh why do I find it so easy to gain weight and so hard to lose weight once I hit Peri/Menopause?
I’ve worked with many women of all ages who come in with weight-loss or weight gain concerns. But one of the most common ages brackets where I see weight concerns is those who have recently gone through menopause or in peri-menopause.
Once we hit our 40s – at some stage you may have noticed your body changing.
Despite not really doing anything differently with your diet or exercise regime. You can’t eat like you used too and the weight just keeps piling on!
For women this can be stressful and frustrating, especially when there is this expectation to remain the same size all of your life
But not just that, there is the pressure to continue competing with the bodies of women in their 20s and early 30s in our face all the time! Or we think we should be the same as we were then. The thing is we are changing, and it’s ok.
Your hormones are changing, simple.
So we need to adapt and change the way we respond to these changes. We need to move differently, we need to eat differently, we need to test to see what’s deficient and what’s going on and we need to supplement.
Your body may not respond to higher carbs like it used too. Your body may not respond to certain foods or alcohol like it used too – in fact it probably won’t!
This is normal.
It’s not about removing all carbohydrates at all, it’s about finding out what level your body responds best too in your new hormonal state. This is why on our programme we test – we look at your food, your stress, your exercise, we work on your mindset and we put the WHOLE puzzle together for you so you know what action you need to take to be in hormonal heaven again.
Your muscle mass and bone density also decreases, and it becomes harder to build muscle.
Feel like you’re not seeing as much results from your gym training, or it’s just a very slow process? Or have you noticed the muscle tone you seemed to maintain even without exercise is starting to go?
It’s much harder to gain muscle when you age, and it’s also harder to maintain it WITHOUT resistance training.
If this is something that’s important to you, getting in enough protein, adding in resistance training, and learning how to fuel yourself correctly around your training session can really help! This is where I come in and teach you about the importance of exercise and HOW you can do it effectively for your age and lifestyle.
I know all this feels crappy and depressing for many, we hear you ladies telling us how low you are feeling all the time. Please be assured though that we can help you. One of our ladies has lost 15kg on our programme over 6 months so please don’t get discouraged.
Some steps to take:
Start observing a wider range of bodies, and especially those in your age group. See how much body diversity there is? See how NORMAL you are.
Does this feel better or worse than comparing yourself to the younger bodies?
It’s okay to want to feel better in your body, but It’s much nicer if you can do it from a place of kindness and when you accept your body for as it is right now and know you can take steps for your future self and your HEALTH and LONGEVITY rather than being a supermodel!
Do NOT compare yourself to younger women!!!
Some things to try…
- Try a lower carbohydrate diet, ideally with a qualified professional such as Sarah who can ensure you don’t go too low and cut them out completely as we do need them!
- Strength train! It will increase your muscle mass and bone density and support your metabolism.
- Remove the pressure and know that this is a journey, it’s not a sprint or a 6 week weight loss fix, it’s a lifestyle you can maintain.
- Get your hormones tested STAT! Contact us to find out how.
If you are struggling with body image, or a feeling out of control with what’s happening either through peri-menopause or post-menopause, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
You don’t have to navigate it on your own .
Email [email protected] if you have any questions or would like to talk about what we do and how we can help.