As I was getting off the digital scale in our bathroom the other day, my wife entered, a bemused look on her face.
In people’s younger years, they may have been coasting along, looking after themselves and maintaining a healthy body weight. Then they turned 50. All of a sudden, they find fat is being added to their body parts they never had to worry about before.
No dictionary reference needed here.
Be it belly fat, pot belly, jelly belly or bane in your life fat, belly fat is not fun to have, especially if you eat well and exercise.
If you ask most people which companies are qualified to solve the problem of obesity in older adults, Nestle would probably not be at the top of the list. After all, Nestle is the company behind such iconic chocolate brands as Kit Kat, Butterfinger, Aero and Crunch.
In fairness, Nestle is a big company with a range of products, including many healthy options. But, the question remains, when it comes to weight-loss, do they have anything important to say?
Many women in the community have told me that they are struggling with one or more aspects of their post-menopausal body. Despite the stereotypes, the truth is that many of us experience symptoms traditionally associated with menopause well into our 60s. Even those of us who feel like menopause is “over” still have to deal with a “new normal” when it comes to our hormones.
I have a confession to make. I hate the gym. As someone who manages a community that is dedicated to helping women over 60 to live healthier lives, I feel kind of guilty about this. In reality, like most women over 60, I see working out as a “necessary evil.”
Hailey came to me distraught from a lack of sleep and constant hot flushes. Her doctor’s only recommendation was HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) but Hailey wanted to see if I had any natural recommendations she could explore first.
Our hormones do strange and wonderful things as we move through menopause. Estrogen, serotonin and progesterone, once mysterious, become all too familiar to us. By the time we reach our 60s, we expect our bodies to “return to normal.”
If life was fair, losing weight after menopause would be just as easy as at any other stage in our lives. Unfortunately, life isn’t fair. When I was in my 20s, I could look at a pair of walking shoes and drop 5 pounds. Now, in my 60s, it feels like I could run a marathon and gain weight from the water that they served along the way.
Most women in the community are looking at menopause through the rear view mirror. Maybe you whizzed through menopause with almost no symptoms at all. Or, maybe you were one of those women who struggled with hot flashes and night sweats. Regardless, you are probably happy to have left menopause behind. Or have you?