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Menopause Weight Loss FAQs and Blog

Get the answers to your menopause weight loss FAQs here, and follow my blog posts on what's new in the world of menopausal weight gain.

My name is Elizabeth Martyn, and I built Beat Menopause Gain to help all women who are wondering how to tackle weight gain in menopause.

Here, on my blog, you'll find a mix of posts about menopausal matters, and questions readers have asked.

You can ask a question using the form below, or browse the questions others have asked.

I'll do my best to come up useful answers for you, but please note that Beat Menopause Weight Gain cannot offer medical advice, and you should consult your own physician if you have health concerns.

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Even with Exercise, I'm Still Gaining, and Definitely NOT losing weight 
Hi, OK. I know I'm not 25 anymore, and can't expect to have that body, but, with the exercise I do (4-5 days a week for 50-55 minutes, and two days …

Breasts getting bigger during menopause 
I had a hysterectomy 11 years ago and now I am going through menapause. I am very concerned as my breasts are getting larger and larger. My neighbour …

Will I still be hungry after gastric band op? 
I've gotten hugely overweight and my physician says a gastric band could help me lose weight. Will I still be hungry so much after a gastric band op? …

How long does menopause insomnia last? 
How long before this menopause insomnia stops bugging me? I used to sleep so well....but now every night's disturbed. It's not just the hot flashes, more …

What Is the Optimum Heart Rate to Reduce Cortisol Levels? 
Can you exercise too hard? I was doing the arc trainer at intensity level 35 for 25 min (heart rate 165). It was suggested to me that is it better for …

What's the best strength training equipment to use at home? 
A really inexpensive and compact piece of strength training equipment to use at home, is a set of free weights. If you're serious about avoiding …

How to lose weight post-menopause? 
I'm 66, 5ft 1, 160lb and can't get below that. I eat between 1200-1400 cals, exercise every day either walking or walk tapes and CANNOT LOSE... Maybe …

Alcohol and menopause 
I am a connoisseur of good wine and would miss eliminating it entirely. What effect does drinking wine have on menopausal symptoms--particularly weight …

boobs getting bigger with age 
i am 61 and my boobs are getting bigger. I'm embarrassed, people stare,as i am only 4 ft 10 and a half inch in height an i wear a size 18 dd i dont like …

Effects of caffeine in menopause 
I've just discovered coffee! The robust flavor, the way it makes me feel more alert at work...but I am worried about the effects of caffeine, especially …

What's the cause of my rapid weight gain? 
I don't understand my rapid weight gain. Why am I gaining as much as a pound aday? I am dieting and exercising! Answer Cathy, there are several possible …

How many calories a day for woman aged 51? 
I have been trying to lose weight for 4 years - since I went into the menopause. Nothing works - no matter how much exercise I do. I cut myself down to …

How to lose droopy sides of tummy 
Hi there, can you help me please. I have put on quite a bit of weight due to the menopuase(i am 50 in a few weeeks time) and have battled with my weight …

Should I buy a used treadmill to use at home? 
Wondering about buying a used treadmill for your home work-outs? Taking regular exercise is an excellent strategy when you want to reduce menopausal …

New Test to Predict Early Menopause 
Are you likely to be one of the small number of women who have an early menopause? Early menopause affects around 1% of women under 40, and 5-10% of …

I am 36 and have just been told I am going thru menopause? 
I have gained quite a bit of weight in the last few months, especially around the mid section, I am also very bloated, some of which is water retention. …

Is swimming a weight bearing exercise? 
No, swimming is not a weight-bearing exercise because the water supports the weight of your body while you exercise. The same goes for Aquafit and aquarobics. …

How Can Burdens Do Body Good? Meeting Life's Challenges with Strength (and Soul) 
There is a new women's inspirational health resource titled, Burdens Do a Body Good: Meeting Life's Challenges with Strength (and Soul) coming out on …

Does exercise help with menopausal depression? 
Yes, exercise really can help if you're suffering from menopausal depression. Even if you've never been keen on exercise, at this stage of life you can't …

How important is building muscle in menopause? 
It's very important to work on building your muscle tone and strength in menopause, because muscle mass declines as we get older, and its place is taken …

Why does midriff bulge appear in menopause? 
Are your waistbands feeling tighter? Menopausal midriff bulge is caused by fat that settles on the stomach area - and this tummy fat is very bad for your …

How to get rid of menopause belly fat? 
The typical menopause belly fat creeps on around the midriff - or sometimes piles on very quickly. How to get rid of stomach fat? You need to take a …

What are the health benefits of running for menopausal women? 
Running is great aerobic exercise, good for your heart and circulatory system, helpful with weight loss and great for boosting your mood and lifting mild …

How does the body change shape after menopause? 
I remember seeing it in my mother - her body changed shape after menopause, going from a slender, trim silhouette, to one that was rather solid around …

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How does exercise combat osteoporosis? 
Exercise combats osteoporosis by stimulating bone growth and helping to prevent the bone deterioration that is typical of osteoporosis. It has to be …

How quickly can I lose weight? 
11 January 2010 It's natural to want to lose weight quickly when you're feeling a tad bloated after the Christmas excesses. Losing a large amount of …

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction - How To Use Mindfulness to Combat Depression 
Mindfulness is all about paying attention to the present moment, and letting your mind empty as you focus on your breathing. This simple technique can …

How can you lower your cholesterol levels during and after menopause? 
In the year before and after a woman's last period, new research from the University of Pittsburgh shows that her levels of 'bad' or LDL cholesterol can …

Do you need help to de-stress? 
Is the imminent end of the holidays and return to work making you feel you need help to destress? Stress can build up gradually in our lives, and sometimes …

How to build muscle in menopause? 
Aerobic exercise is great, but it won't build muscle in menopause - for that, you need strength training exercises . Don't turn your back on this piece …

Menopause Weight Loss in 2010 
What's the best New Year's resolution you could make for menopause weight loss in 2010? The best way to make a New Year's resolution that you'll keep, …

How to lose weight fast in menopause? 
Is it possible to lose weight fast in the menopause? You'll fare better if you aim to lose 1-2 lb a week, rather than trying to shed a lot of weight …

Can exercise help with menopausal depression? 
Yes, it really can. I used to hate exercise, but gradually go into it once I'd passed my 50th birthday - I knew I needed to get fitter and keep a grip …

Do women's bodies change shape at menopause? 
For many of us, the answer is yes...or at least, our bodies certainly want to start laying down fat around the middle, even if we've always had a trim …

Are antidepressants safe for postmenopause? 
My doctor wants to give me antidepressants - are they safe? I'm 61. Elizabeth's reply: A new study reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine …

What are good ways to relieve stress at Christmas? 
Are you running yourself ragged, trying to get everything done before the Christmas holiday? For many women, Christmas means work, work and more work, …

Good menopause exercise programme please 
Can you recommend an exercise dvd that would make a good menopause exercise program? Elizabeth's reply Bea - try Davina McCall's The Power of Three …

Do all women gain weight around the middle at menopause? 
My friend and I are both 53. She's skinny, always has been, eats what she likes, no midriff bulge. My belly just gets bigger, it's not fair. What's she …

How is apple-shaped body high risk? 
For women, a waist measurement of more than 34.6 inches puts you in the at-risk category, according to The Telegraph. The fat that gathers around your …

How do I test my heart rate during exercise? 
Worried that I am getting too much out of puff when I do my step routine - how do I tell if heart is going too fast? Elizabeth's reply You can …

How long does menopause last? 
Please can you tell me how long does menopause last? I am 46 and my periods are suddenly coming every 2-3 weeks, not like before when they were regular. …

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