Belly fat, oh the dreaded site of you. Is it not enough that us women have to endure hot flushes and night sweats. Oh no, we have to put up with belly fat also.
There are varying reports in reference to the mechanisms behind why women at 50 have to endure yet another insult to their bodies.
Decreasing levels of oestrogen appears to be the biggest culprit in creating belly fat due to its role on metabolic changes causing subsequent weight gain, and most importantly, increase in body fat.
To make matters worse, you can still be oestrogen dominant and still suffer. It is when the ratio of oestrogen and progesterone gets out of sync with each other that unwanted weight gain occurs. In this case, oestrogen production is not balanced by the soothing, anti-inflammatory presence of progesterone.
Here is one of my favourite green smoothie recipes. Simply blend the following:
This usually makes enough for two days or I simply have a second glass in the afternoon. The addition of hemp powder adds protein to the drink and minimises any issue with sugar surges.
Stress and anxiety are common in the menopause and are a powerful trigger for weight gain.
Stress plays a large role in the appearance of fat, particularly belly fat.
According to a study done at Yale: “Non-overweight women who are vulnerable to the effects of stress are more likely to have excess abdominal fat, and have higher levels of stress hormone cortisol.”
What this means for you is that the more stressed you are, the more cortisol builds and fat accumulate.
It is important that you take time to infuse your day with positivity and relaxation. Remember bodily stress will cause emotional stress and it all adds up. You must manage both physical AND emotional stress if you want to be truly healthy and lose weight.
Bodily stress can lead to emotional stress and we have enough of that going on in menopause!
If you have any tips you would like to share, or stories about your belly fat, chime on in below in the comments.
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