top of page

Why the Mid-Section Weight Gain During Menopause?



Weight gain around the mid-section is a common concern for menopausal women


Here are five reasons why menopausal women may experience weight gain around their mid-section:


Hormonal changes: During menopause, a woman's hormone levels, particularly oestrogen, decrease significantly. This hormonal imbalance can lead to an increase in abdominal fat deposition. Oestrogen plays a role in regulating body fat distribution, and its decline can result in a shift towards storing fat in the mid-section.


Decreased metabolism: Aging and hormonal changes can cause a decline in metabolic rate. As a result, menopausal women may burn fewer calories, making it easier to gain weight. The reduction in muscle mass that often occurs with age can further contribute to a slower metabolism.


Lifestyle factors: Menopause is often accompanied by changes in lifestyle habits. Women may become less active, experience decreased muscle mass, and have a lower calorie requirement. If dietary habits and physical activity levels remain unchanged, weight gain, particularly around the mid-section, can occur.


Stress and cortisol levels: Menopause can be a stressful time for many women due to various physical and emotional changes. Increased stress levels can lead to elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which has been associated with abdominal fat accumulation. This can contribute to weight gain in the mid-section.


Genetic predisposition: Some women may have a genetic predisposition to store fat around the mid-section, known as an "apple" body shape. This genetic factor can become more noticeable during menopause when hormonal changes and other factors contribute to weight gain.


It is important to note that while weight gain around the mid-section is common during menopause, it is not inevitable. Regular exercise, a balanced diet, stress management techniques, and hormone therapy (if appropriate) can help mitigate weight gain and maintain a healthy body composition.


For weekly information and a FREE Meal Plan for the Mid-Life Woman just sign up below.

 

If you found this helpful and want more then follow me for more tips and advice on a healthier lifestyle on Facebook, Instagram & YouTube

 

Stay updated and get the latest news, tips, advice & special offer - Sign Up for my weekly newsletter

 


Or if you have any questions just ask, Mary




12 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Comments


bottom of page