Weight gain especially in the waist line and thighs is the major problem of menopause that most women experience. Women may put on weight in their middle ages due to changes that occur, caused by menopause. There are several causes for this. Some women find exercise during menopause difficult. As they face some other problems like hot flashes, sleeping disorders, etc they do not exercise, as they would have prior to menopause. Another reason is many women consume highly processed, high carbohydrate foods. It is difficult to burn these excess kilojoules by exercise or other activities.

Sudden weight gain may also cause other problems like diabetes, blood pressure and heart attack. It is very important for your health to keep your weight under control during menopause. You can do this by following a simple diet, eat wholefoods and do regular exercise that you enjoy. Also remember that you cannot reduce your weight overnight. It will take time, if you are feeling that you would like to get your weight under control you will need support from an experienced health professional. I offer an excellent weight management program that really works and you will be supported to help you get those extra kilos off.

Some ways you can prevent obesity include increasing your physical activity. Do whatever activity you like doing such as gardening, dancing etc. Another way is to avoid driving to places where you can reach by walking. Do some exercise at least for 30 minutes every day. Keeping yourself physically active, can assist in management of stress, anxiety and depression as well as providing weight loss.

As you are growing older you require fewer kilojoules than when you were younger. This is because your digestive system slows as you age. Eat healthy, avoid fast foods, deep fried food, highly processed foods, lollies, chips, soft drinks and cakes. A whole foods diet is rich in vitamins and minerals and will help you to control your menopause problems. Eat only when you feel hungry and eat enough to satisfy your hunger only. Eating late at night will lead to weight gain, so plan your dinner before 8 p.m. Avoid oily and high sugar snacks and fatty high sugar desserts. Instead eat lots of fresh fruits, vegetable, salads, nuts and good quality protein such as fish, chicken, red meat, cheese or eggs. Yoghurt, popcorn, nuts, fruit and veggie sticks are great snack options that are easy to pack into the lunch box.

Some lifestyle changes are often enough to treat menopausal weight gain. You can also consult with your naturopath who can help you with making these changes and also provides a range of other testing and treatment options that will help you to manage your health.

Although there are other treatment options available, that you can access through your GP. The best way to cope with menopause weight gain is to use natural health approaches. They are less invasive and more effective. Your naturopath can also prescribe natural herbs to help with reducing weight. But remember a healthy diet combined with regular exercise can provide the best solution to weight gain.

If you would like to have a confidential chat about your menopause weight gain problem and how I can help you or you would like to know more about my shake it program contact Jodi Campbell by email at info@verdurenaturopathy.com.au or call 0408356044 or you can book a FREE 15 minute chat with Jodi at verdurenaturopathy.com.au

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