One of the most frustrating things about menopause is how your body changes. A trim waistline in the past, may now be a pot belly. It’s easier to gain weight now because of declining activity, and less estrogen production.
There are still many things you can do to control weight gain, and correcting some eating mistakes may be all it takes to get you back on track.
Are you making these four eating mistakes?
Completing Eliminating Sugar
Yes, those sugary desserts are delicious, but the added calories can really pile on the pounds. Eliminate these goodies from your diet, but don’t cut out the natural sweetness that you get from fruit. Fruit is high in fiber and that keeps you full longer, and not reaching for unhealthy snacks.
The symptoms of menopause such as depression and hot flashes can make you feel so miserable, that you turn to food for comfort. Not only can you gain weight, but your energy level will drop, and you may have unresolved emotions.
Make new friends in your community, volunteer, talk to a friend, meditate, or set up some therapy appointments.
When you’re dehydrated, you may reach for a snack instead of something to drink. Cravings for sweet or salty foods may also increase. Aim for 64 oz. of water a day to keep metabolism high.
No Game Plan
If you don’t have a game plan for what you’re going to eat, you may be so hungry that you’re reaching for high calorie foods for a quick fix.
Sit down the night before, and plan out what you’ll eat the next day. You can keep a food diary, which is very helpful for keeping you on track, or just have some ideas in your head to remember.
How do you control your diet?