Menopause occurs when the ovaries no longer make estrogen and progesterone, two hormones that are needed for fertility. Menopause can be a tough time for any woman, no matter how much you think that you might be prepared for it. Your body is going to go through a lot of changes as you go through menopause – things like weight gain – and you’re going to be in a situation that is entirely unfamiliar to you. It can be isolating and a bit tumultuous and the symptoms and side effects of menopause are varied – but here is a key list of some of the most common things that your body is going to go through as you change.
- Mood swings
- Lower sex drive
- Hot flashes
- Racing heart
- Vaginal dryness and soreness
- Painful sex
- Trouble sleeping
- Weight gain
From this list, the one that I have heard time and time again that distresses many women is the potential for weight gain. Despite this, the weight gain from menopause definitely doesn’t have to be a difficult time for you (or something that you have to struggle with), and this is a short list of some of the things that you can do to manage the potential changes and weight gain for your body.
Join A Gym
It might sound like a tired old way to manage things, but the truth of it is that when you exercise frequently, you have a far better chance of losing weight than if you just try to stick to an exercise routine on your own. Take a look at the gyms in your local area and then try find one that has some good options available depending on what you like. If you enjoy doing exercise classes, then try and find a place that has a great variation of classes on offer, and if you like working out alone, find a gym that has a good range of machines and space to do the fitness you like.
Get A Personal Trainer
Further to the option of joining a gym, getting a personal trainer is going to go that extra mile when it comes to you developing your health and fitness. Having someone to motivate you and to get you moving will ensure that you don’t slack off. It can be hard to find the motivation to keep your body active, especially when you’re going through the changes of menopause, but a trainer will help you out!
Eat Less Meat
It’s been found that the fats from animals can be a huge component of weight gain, so try to eat vegetarian at least four nights every week. If you’re already a vegetarian, why not consider eating vegan food four nights a week and avoid cheese and other fats?
You might have tried just about every single thing that you could to lose the weight and are still struggling, despite all the things that you’ve done. If this is the case, there’s no shame in turning to something like liposuction – and in fact, it can be a very assertive and strong thing to do: taking control of your body. I know when I got liposuction after I had been going to the gym for a year without the results I wanted, it was the perfect confidence booster and the best possible thing I could have done, as it gave me the confidence to keep going!
Join A Slimmers Club
Another thing that you can do to manage your weight is to get the support of your wider community through the help of a slimmers club. The support of other women and men is going to help you to keep the weight off as you all work together.
I hope that this list of slimming options has been helpful for you to read, and that you’ll find the right way to lose weight that works for you.