If you’ve gone through menopause, and are wondering why it seems harder to lose weight, it’s because it is! Women naturally consume less energy than they did when they were younger. This means that if women continue their same eating and exercising habits post-menopause, they will gain weight! We can blame the change in hormones which effect the body’s ability to absorb insulin. Although, this makes it harder to lose weight, it does not make it impossible! So cheer up and read on. The strategy is to boost your metabolism, the system responsible for the rate that your body burns calories. When calories aren’t burned, they are stored as fat. This means that by boosting your metabolism, you can lose weight! How do you boost your metabolism, you ask? Follow this basic guideline:
Boosting Your Metabolism
- Increase activity with cardio exercise 5 times a week.
- Increase muscle with weight training at least twice a week. By increasing muscle, your body burns MORE fat when you do cardio exercise!
- Do NOT skip a meal! When you skip meals, your body goes into “starvation mode” where it thinks it needs to store more fat the next time you eat because it wasn’t getting a substantial amount of calories needed to run efficiently. Instead of skipping a meal…
- Eat smaller portions more often. Try 5-7 small meals daily that you can fit on a saucer, (rather than 3 meals taking up full-sized plates).
- Eat key foods: 10 Foods That Speed Up Your Metabolism
Yes, it’ll take a bit more effort than when you were younger to see results, but it is possible! You CAN do it!