Menopause and weight gain often go together thanks to a combination of hormonal disharmony, slower metabolism and lifestyle factors.
What stories do you tell yourself that keep you from losing weight?
We all have our little stories, like the things we believe about ourselves and our relationship with food and weight loss. There are stories that we have believed for so long that we don’t even question them.
Have you been counting calories or points ever since you can remember and still struggle with losing weight after 50? In reality, being overweight has much less to do with calories than it has to do with food choices.
When I was growing up in the 50s, we sat down and ate three meals every day. My Mom always made breakfast for the family. It would vary from hot porridge to dropped egg on toast to cereal and banana.
Eating mindfully is the single most effective way to lose weight and to maintain a healthy weight throughout your life. But did you know that it will also get rid of many digestive problems?
You’re trying to lose weight, maybe for the third time. Or maybe it’s the 30th.
But you really want it to be the last time. You’d love to finally put the kibosh on this post-menopausal weight gain once and for all!
By the time we reach our 60s, most of us aren’t overly worried about what other people think of our appearance. We are comfortable in our bodies. At the same time, we all want to be healthy and fit. So, today, I want to talk about why it is so difficult to maintain a healthy weight after 60 and, more importantly, what we can do about it. Come join us for a cup of tea (or coffee) and a chat. And, if you enjoy the show, please tell one friend about us today. Your support means so much to me!
Staying healthy and staying in shape does get harder as we age.
There are so many things going against us. We are bombarded with skinny young women on the front of magazines that sit right at the supermarket counters so there is no escaping the media glare.
Even though diet books continue to reign as best sellers in the publishing industry, they really have nothing to do with staying slim. They are quick fix remedies that work if you strictly adhere to them, but doing so means you will be following someone else’s regimen, not your own.
Many of my middle-aged women patients ask me similar versions of the same question: why isn’t this weight loss technique that has always worked for me in the past working now?
The answer lies in the complex ways that our hormones change and impact our metabolisms during perimenopause.