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Are You Putting on Weight & Don't Know Why?

While weight gain during menopause can vary from person to person, here are five informal reasons why women may experience weight gain around the midsection during this stage:

  • Hormonal changes: During menopause, there is a decrease in the production of oestrogen, which can lead to changes in body composition. Oestrogen helps regulate weight distribution, and its decline can result in increased fat storage around the abdomen.

  • Slowing metabolism: As women age, their metabolism tends to slow down. This means that the body burns fewer calories at rest, making weight gain more likely if dietary habits remain the same. A slower metabolism can contribute to increased fat accumulation in the midsection.

  • Lifestyle factors: During menopause, many women experience lifestyle changes such as decreased physical activity or changes in dietary habits. These changes, combined with hormonal shifts, can lead to weight gain. Consuming more calories than the body needs or engaging in less physical activity can contribute to midsection weight gain.

  • Stress and cortisol levels: Menopause can be a stressful time for many women due to various physical and emotional changes. Stress triggers the release of cortisol, a hormone that can promote fat storage, particularly around the midsection. Elevated cortisol levels may contribute to weight gain in this area.

  • Genetic predisposition: Some individuals may have a genetic predisposition to storing fat around the midsection. If there is a family history of abdominal weight gain or apple-shaped body types, menopause may exacerbate this tendency due to hormonal changes.

It's important to note that these reasons are informal and may not apply to every individual. Weight gain during menopause is a complex issue influenced by multiple factors, including genetics, lifestyle, and hormonal changes. Consulting with your gp can provide more accurate and personalised information.


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