For a couple of years preceding menopause (what doctors call perimenopause) and during menopause, your body will produce less estrogen. As a result of these hormonal changes, many women experience increased hunger and slower metabolism. A 5-9 Kg (10-20 pound) weight gain is not uncommon.
But weight gain during menopause is not inevitable. In fact, if you’re prepared to respond with improving your diet and increasing the amount of exercise you do, you can not only avoid the menopausal weight gain, you can likely also lose weight.
As we age, our ratio of muscle mass to fat changes. We tend to lose muscle mass and gain fat tissue. Since fat is less metabolically active than muscle, you’ll burn fewer calories as the percentage of muscle mass decreases. Strength-training and resistance exercises, usually done with free weights, resistance bands or weight machines, will help you retain muscle mass, allowing your body to burn calories more efficiently. A brisk 15-20 minute walk each day can also help tremendously.
Besides its role in weight loss, exercise can also lower your risk of osteoporosis, improve your insulin resistance, help your digestive system work more efficiently, improve joint and muscle health and offer relief from mild depression or anxiety.
Losing weight when you are menopausal is definitely a bit more challenging than at other times of life, but menopause doesn’t have to derail your weight loss efforts. Along with a healthy diet and a stepped-up exercise program, six to 12 months with a gastric balloon might help you weigh even less than you did during your child-bearing years. Whatever stage of life you’re in, if you’re looking for a way to lose weight without surgery, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a consultation with a doctor near you to see if you can benefit from the Spatz3 adjustable gastric balloon.
Author: Rebeca Espinoza