You may have noticed that you’re getting a little thicker around the middle, and since you’re eating and exercising like you have for years, you wonder what is going on. Fluctuating estrogen levels, may be the reason you are putting on the pounds. Other reasons may be due to the aging process and lifestyle changes.
Is menopause making you fat? Here are some reasons why and what to do about it:
Eating Too Much
A lot of women aren’t strict with calorie counting, and especially if you have been the same size for many years, it seems like you’re doing everything right. Calorie requirements change as we age, and I find it helpful to use measuring cups to insure I am only eating one serving.
It’s hard to work up the enthusiasm to take that long hike if your joints are aching so bad you can hardly get out of bed. You don’t always feel like going to the gym, and after work you just want to rest and relax. Make exercise fun and schedule family time to walk, skate, swim, or ski.
Ironically, medications prescribed for conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and depression, can make you gain weight. This is a real dilemma since you need these life-saving medications, so talk to your doctor about possible alternatives and ask for a referral to see a dietitian.
Thyroid hormone regulates the rate you burn calories, body temperature, and digestion. Underactive thyroid can sap energy and it is easy to pile on the pounds if all you feel like doing is taking it easy. Fortunately, this is an easy fix and taking prescribed hormone medication may be all it takes to get you back to a more active lifestyle.