Menopause is NOT the problem
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
One of my great fears were realised after I had my hysterectomy 2+ years ago. I gained weight despite my committment not to. 2 months of inactivity, dubbed recovery, resulted in a gain of 2 kilos and I just kept packing it on since, blaming it all on the surgery.
But, that was a lie. As is the excuse I used about the onset of menopause. The truth is that I gradually allowed my portions to grow, stopped making the "best" choices and got lazy about cooking 2 fresh vegetables a meal.
My buddy, Liddy, at the gym is hotflashing at about the same pace that I am. She's also brought to my attention that her hormone changes have rearranged her body weight placing most of it around her waste. She makes me laugh as she grabs chunks around her waist and shakes them, swearing that menopause is getting the best of her.
I've done quite a bit of searching for any research that's proven that menopause makes it harder to lose weight - and even makes you gain. But there is no significant data to prove this. Our metabolism does slow, but controlling our intake and exercise can counteract the gain. It's quite encouraging and very hopeful.
Here's a simple to read article that may help: