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A reason women gain...

Monday, March 01, 2010

I came upon this article in my email today listing 5 reasons why, as women, we may be gaining weight even though we do all the right things. I'm not quite to menopause yet, but it's coming down the on...

From WEBMD...

You May Be Gaining Weight Because of Menopause

Women reach menopause at a range of ages, but most are in midlife and are often less physically active than when they were younger. Along with aging comes a natural slowing of metabolism. At the same time, hormonal changes can trigger hunger, depression, and poor sleep.

"It is multifactoral. When women go through menopause, they lose estrogen, causing their shapes to change -- usually a loss of hip and thigh weight. And they start to gain more in the middle," says Bowerman. She explains that estrogen favors fat deposition in the lower body, and when you lose this hormone, fat is more likely to be deposited in the midsection (much like men). This spare tire around the middle has been not so affectionately called the "menopot."

The key to avoiding this extra belly fat is to maintain and increase the amount of lean body mass, which will, in turn, increase your metabolism or calorie burn rate.

"Women need to understand how critically important weight lifting and strength training is to their health," says Bowerman. And don't worry, doing strength training won't make women muscle-bound, experts say.

Exercise also helps offset bone loss that can come with menopause. A combination of exercise and a healthy, calorie-controlled diet rich in calcium and vitamin D is the answer to thwarting menopausal weight gain.

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I think it's worthy to check out the last 3 more than ever it's important to up the weight training. I'm a believer!
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  • no profile photo CD4827055
    3809 days ago
    Thanks for the blessed, Luyah emoticon
    3829 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4827055
    thank you soooooooooooooooooo much for sharing this OUTSTANDING article, yahooo!!!
    3895 days ago
    RAWWWK ON! That's all absolutely correct. I will be 62 in May and the fight began for me in my late 40's. I was in the best shape of my life at 45. You MUST FIGHT BACK!!!! THAT IS ESSENTIAL to getting through it. I started gaining and then fought it with exercise and "tricking" my brain into actually thinking it was getting younger by losing the weight instead of gaining it! It worked! The hot flashes subsided. My skin tone improved as well as all the other menopause symptoms. It was a battle, but I WON!!!!!!! So far, so good. It was like "going through a tunnel and coming out the other side" still in tact. Some of the memory lose has adjusted itself and gotten much better. That was one of the most unsettling things about menopause. Good luck in going through this "phase" . It's like puberty or any other phase as far as I'm concerned and doesn't have to be all bad. A good attitude is essential. Be ready! Love and hugs to you, my friend.....XO MaryAnn
    PS Oh....and NO...I didn't take any medication at all. Just vitamins and protein powder.
    3912 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/18/2010 1:15:07 PM
    I want to change my blog entry to read that the REAL reason women gain is ....

    ... because they don't try as hard as men!

    THERE !!! How you like THEM apples???

    3914 days ago
  • 1DEBIE1
    Yeah, yeah...the woes of women!!!
    We come into this world, wet, leaking and needing a diaper, it continues throughout our life, and then yuppers, we leave the world wet, leaking and needing a diaper.


    EN-o-pause ( a moment to ponder the MEN part...hmmmm) ok, ok. My mind is back on the blog...uhhh, yeah.....ok almost lost it there...

    oh yeah...I was going to say that menopause is a challenge, but once you learn about it, embrace the goodness from it, and conquer is SO GRAND!

    ~~~sheesh, I didn't realize I wasn't subscribed to your blogs...I felt ALL left out, sniff, sniff~~~~
    3919 days ago
    Great blog. I have been experiencing this and it is horrible. My stomach is getting larger, the legs smaller and the weight is harder to get off and I'm beginning to look like my mother "Yikes".
    3926 days ago
    Oh great .... another wonderful word that starts with "men" Lovely.

    I know there's a bunch of "men" words or phrases that we can add to MENopause .....

    MENacing, DisappointMENt, PredicaMENt, ArguMENt, EncroachMENt, TorMENt, MismanageMENt, Needs improveMENt, ImprisonMENt, EmbarrassMENt, ResentMENt, JudgeMENt, MENstrual cramps, PunishMENt, HarassMENt, InfringeMENt, MENtal breakdown, ImpairMENt, ConfineMENt, BewilderMENt

    After all that, no wonder most women want an annulMENt !!!

    Well, thank God at least there's MENsa, right???

    Have a great week


    3928 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/3/2010 12:36:25 AM
  • no profile photo CD6582721
    Great info
    3928 days ago
    Great information.
    3929 days ago
    Thanks for the reminder!!
    3929 days ago
    Interesting! Now to find the time **Sigh**
    3929 days ago
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