I recently got an email from somebody who has been following me for a while. 

Karen wrote this:

“I always thought I’d be one of those women who didn’t have to worry about menopausal weight gain.

But boy, was I wrong!

A few years after my last period, I started packing the pounds.

No matter how much I exercised or how healthy I ate, the weight kept coming.

How can I lose weight after menopause?“

It’s no secret that a lot of women gain weight after menopause. 

Our bodies just seem to hold onto extra pounds after we hit a certain age!

But that doesn’t mean we have to resign ourselves to being overweight for the rest of our lives.

There are things we can do to lose weight during and after peri/menopause.

It might be harder than it was when we were younger, but it’s still possible to slim down and feel good about ourselves.

You might have been slim your whole life, and suddenly, you start to gain weight. 

It’s not just your imagination – research shows that women do gain weight during menopause. 

The average woman gains about 5 pounds during menopause, but some women gain much more.

If you’re struggling with weight gain and other menopausal symptoms, there are a few things you can do to try to lose weight after menopause.

It is important to understand that hormonal imbalance and a slowdown of the metabolism are often the reasons for menopausal weight gain. Giving you some weight loss tips will not help but often aggravate hormonal imbalance and lead to more menopausal weight gain.

 

A menopausal protocol with eating, supplement, and lifestyle adjustments can help you balance your hormones through perimenopause and lose weight after menopause by addressing the root cause of hormone imbalance.

How to balance your hormones and lose weight during and after peri/menopause

Nutritional Recommendations

Foods to Include

  • Wild-caught fish Omega-3 fats help to reduce inflammation
  • Complex, fiber-rich carbohydrates are found in vegetables, raspberries, apples, split peas, lentils, and black beans
  • Vitamin E-rich foods: Almonds, spinach, sweet potatoes, avocado, sunflower seeds
  • Vitamin C-rich foods: Broccoli, bell peppers, kiwi, strawberries, acerola, rose hips
  • Foods rich in zinc: Encourages the pituitary gland to release FSH, which triggers the release of progesterone
  • Foods rich in Vitamin B6: Lean meats, poultry, eggs, beans, peas, seeds, nuts
  • Sulfur-rich foods: Arugula, eggs, garlic, onions, cruciferous vegetables

 

Foods to Avoid

  • Inflammatory Foods: 
  • Trans fats
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Simple sugars
  • Processed foods
  • Additives
  • Chemicals
  • Dairy products
  • Simple carbohydrates.

 

Supplements

  • Vitamin E 400-800 IU daily: Reduces hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms
  • Evening Primrose Oil 1000-1300 mg twice daily: Balances mood and may reduce hot flashes
  • Vitamin B Complex 50 mg 2-3 times daily: Eases symptoms, minimizes water retention
  • Chasteberry (Vitex) 400 mg daily: Helps to balance estrogen and progesterone levels
  • Magnesium 750-100 mg daily (to bowel tolerance): Balances with calcium
  • Calcium 1000-1500mg daily: Relieves nervousness and irritability; protects against bone loss
  • Vitamin C 1000-10,000mg (to bowel tolerance) daily: May reduce hot flashes

DISCLAIMER: This information is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified healthcare professional and is not intended as medical advice. Wellness Methods, its officers, affiliates, employees, and Andrea Caprio encourage you to make your own healthcare decisions based on your research and in partnership with a qualified healthcare professional. 

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Psychological and Spiritual Practices

Time of Change

Menopause is a time of great change – physically, emotionally, hormonally, psychologically, and spiritually – for a woman. Many women may ask themselves:

“Am I less of a woman, because I am no longer fertile?” Other concerns such as decreased libido, vaginal dryness, and pain during intercourse can take a toll on self-worth and marital relationships. Hormone changes are often accompanied by emotional ups and downs.

 

Pay attention to your authentic emotions. 

When stress is an aggravating factor, identify and challenge the thoughts that make you feel stressed. Consider that menopause should be viewed as a new beginning, rather than an end.

 

Reconnect with the Self

Reconnect with yourself first and foremost, and find meaning and purpose as you enter this next phase of life. Embrace a connection to your environment as well as to a higher power. 

 

You are not in this alone

Going through an important life change such as perimenopause or menopause requires a holistic approach. 

 

Just “going on a diet” can often make things worse, which is one reason why I recommend a personalized approach.

By addressing the root cause of your weight loss issues, you can balance your body to an optimal health level, which will lead to optimal weight, even during menopause.

As someone who has gone through menopause, I was able to balance out my hormones and have not gained a pound.

I help my clients achieve the same and especially recommend my VIP one-on-one coaching program to help them lose weight during and after peri/menopause and feel confident and active during this beautiful time. 

How to make weight loss easier during and after peri/menopause

I would love to help you achieve the same.

Sign up here for a “Weight loss Blueprint” Consultation so I can help you find the best way to lose weight during and after perimenopause or menopause.