Take a deep breath — you can do this, ladies
It is possible, ladies, to lose weight no matter what stage you are in your life. Before I turned 40, every woman I met didn’t stop letting me know just how difficult it would be for me to maintain my body shape. At the time, I wasn’t in the best shape of my life, and those words bothered me. Surely this couldn’t be the case? How can you eat and lead a healthy lifestyle and still be overweight? I didn’t believe any of them for one minute. I was right too! Perhaps it’s a little more challenging, and a few hormonal issues get in the way — but it is possible to lose weight after 40 and then again when you reach menopause. The best advice I have is to make sure you don’t put yourself in a position to need to lose weight by eating well from the get-go. Unfortunately, as easy as it is for me to say this, it doesn’t always happen. I should have followed my advice! So I know how it is as I’ve been in that same spot living the life of a 40-something-year-old who isn’t happy with her body.
Here’s why you can lose weight.
A study of 234 sedentary Spanish women (postmenopausal) aged between 45 and 64 engaged in a 20-week supervised exercise program. These women experienced positive short- and long-term physical and mental health when the program ended. These improvements included cardiovascular fitness and flexibility. In addition, they also achieved relatively modest but significant reductions in their weight and body mass index. Hot flushes seemed to have become effectively managed in the process. If you are reluctant to use hormones to combat the symptoms of menopause, then exercise is one of the best alternatives. Exercise and a healthy lifestyle lead to better health — I don’t have to tell you this because the evidence is apparent in any person you meet who is living this lifestyle. Healthy eating and exercise are great for keeping your body fat down, but it’s also beneficial in reducing hot flushes and improving your overall mood and mental health. Exercise is a great confidence booster too. So, don’t listen to all the negative talk about menopause and the hard road towards weight loss. With a little bit of encouragement, lots of commitment and hard work, you can keep your weight under control and manage your symptoms.
What are some of your menopause symptom eliminators?
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