The Link Between Menopause and Weight Gain

The Link Between Menopause and Weight Gain

More than a million women begin menopause every year in the United States, ushering in a series of changes that can have significant impacts on health and well-being. For many of those women, weight gain will be among those changes, along with increased difficulty shedding those extra pounds.

At Chicque Aesthetics, our team helps women in Greenwich, Connecticut, manage their weight successfully withcustom weight-management plans tailored to the unique needs of women in menopause. Here’s how menopause could be affecting your weight — and how we can help you keep those excess pounds at bay.

Estrogen and your weight

Estrogen is produced in your ovaries. During your reproductive years when your ovaries are most active, they produce a lot of estrogen. 

But as you approach menopause, your estrogen production slows dramatically. Eventually, your periods stop, and you enter menopause (literally, “menstruation pause”). 

Most people think of estrogen solely as a reproductive hormone. But the hormone affects plenty of other aspects of your health and biology, too. One of those effects: regulating your metabolism — the rate at which your body converts calories into usable energy.

Declining estrogen levels may make it harder to lose weight, and when you do lose a few pounds, it can be more challenging to keep that weight off.

Gaining weight as you age

Certainly, a decrease in your natural metabolism can have a significant impact on your weight. But there’s more at work here than your hormones — aging plays a role, too. 

Along with the hormonal decline during menopause, age-related changes affect your metabolism. Older bodies naturally burn calories more slowly, which means it’s a lot harder to lose weight. Plus, many older women find they’re less active as they age, which means fewer calories are being burned overall. 

And finally, our bodies tend to distribute weight differently when we’re older, which explains why many women find their fat piling up around their tummies, back, and thighs, rather than being evenly distributed across their entire bodies. That’s why even a few pounds are suddenly a lot more visible.

The solution: A weight-management tailored to you

Excess weight increases the risks of other health problems, like heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and arthritis. 

A custom weight-management plan helps you overcome many of the challenges associated with weight loss during menopause because, unlike commercial diet plans, our plans are tailored specifically for you. We take into account your age, underlying health issues, lifestyle, and more.

In addition to a healthy eating plan, your weight-management plan might include:

And, of course, our team provides ongoing support to help keep you motivated and on track toward reaching your goals.

You can lose weight during menopause

Weight gain during menopause may be common, but that doesn’t mean it’s a change you have to live with. Losing weight is essential for reducing your risks of other serious health issues, too — and with a custom weight-management plan from Chicque Aesthetics, you can reach your weight-loss goals and improve your health.

To learn how our team can help you manage your weight during menopause (and at any stage of life), call 475-209-5769 or book an appointment online today.

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