How to Lose Belly Fat Post Menopause With thanks to LiveStrong for the original idea for this article – however we don’t agree with some of their solutions – perhaps a little too 1995… As you know we only use current data and research findings.
Menopause is a biological event that is a natural part of life for women, signaling the end of fertility and menstruation, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, or UMMC. The average age for a woman to enter into menopause is 51, but it can vary from person to person. Increases in body fat are common during menopause, and while hormonal changes may make a woman store more fat in the abdomen, rather than hips and thighs, other factors also contribute, according to MayoClinic.com. Post-menopausal women tend to exercise less and lose muscle mass due to normal aging. Losing belly fat post menopause can be accomplished in several ways.
Modify your diet to cut overall calorie intake. A woman in her 50s can consume up to 200 calories less per day to maintain her current body weight, says MayoClinic.com.
Cut down on processed foods and fast foods, and consume more fruits, vegetables, beans and lean meats.
CONSIDER SUGARS – don’t add them, avoid sugar based foods and don’t buy foods with sugar in the top 3 or 4 ingredients. (e.g. check your yoghurt)
Start an exercise program to burn calories and build lean muscle, according to the Beat Menopause Weight Gain website.
BUT we know that the best way to burn fat is via interval training not long slow duration walking or jogging.
KEEP YOUR WORKOUTS SHORT & SWEATY
We offer 15 sessions each week that will hit the spot for you.
Manage your stress levels. Stress can be a primary factor in weight gain, and the inability to lose weight once it is on your body. Set aside time just for yourself, and engage in an activity you find relaxing. Learn to meditate or take up yoga to clear your mind and relax.
WHILE our Yoga, Yogalates and Pilates classes are aimed at improving your Fitness – a long steamy bath with smelly candle after class will help you unwind and de-stress.
Look for support to lend you a helping hand in your efforts. Enlist the support of your family and like minded friends.
JOIN our Nutrition Coaching Group – meeting Wednesday and Saturday mornings.
You Could Try – One-a-Day Menopace with Red Clover supplement.
Tips and Warnings
Be patient and don’t punish yourself on days you feel less motivated. Write down your goals with a completion date Plan rewards for yourself when you stick to your plan.