Perimenopause Weight Gain - Why the Pounds Pile on Past 40
So many women experience perimenopause weight gain. What lies behind this unwelcome expansion?
The perimenopause can kick off as early as your mid-thirties although it's more likely that you won't enter this phase until you're well into your forties.
It begins when you first notice the telltale signs of the menopause. Perhaps your normally regular menstrual cycle becomes a little unpredictable, or your periods become heavier, or scantier.This stage of the menopause doesn't end until your periods stop, which happens on average at 52.
Why do women gain weight during perimenopause?During this stage of your menopause, you could gain as much as 2-3 lb (approx 1 - 1.5 kilos) of weight each year. Given that the perimenopause can last from between five and ten years, that's a lot of weight gradually depositing itself on your body. Here's why it happens:
How to tackle perimenopause weight gainThere's plenty you can do to shed those pounds and get yourself a more slender shape.
Remember, if your fat cells didn't plump themselves up at this time of your life, you'd suffer more with symptoms of menopause, your bones would be weaker (you might even develop premenopausal osteoporosis and your lifespan shorter.
A degree of perimenopause weight gain is necessary to protect you, so make the decision now to take care of your body, give yourself the diet, exercise and calmer environment you need, and you will reap the benefits for the rest of your life.Go to Beat Menopause Weight Gain Home Page. Or go back to the top of Perimenopause Weight Gain.
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Facts about menopause
If at 55 you're still eating the same as you did at 25 you WILL gain weight - it's a given.
The reason? Your body now needs about 15% less energy than it did.
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