Menopause Belly Fat Weight Gain
Among the 34 most common is menopause belly fat weight gain.
Cravings are a big part of menopause belly fat weight gain. If some types of food tasted 'good' prior to menopause (women reaching 51 is the American national average), then these foods are likely to taste 'exceptionally good' during peri menopause and menopause. Additionally, foods that might not have been as desirable before perimenopause and menopause may now be more to one's likeing.
Among the main guilty are any foods high in fat or rich in calories and carbohydrates. Among these are (anything) chocolate, ice cream, brownies, pizza, wine, beer, donuts, cakes, pies, milk shakes, potato chips, pasta, etc.
The reason that the body may feel 'out of control' due to the cravings for certain foods is that the body is trying to make up for the hormonal imbalance. For some (as yet unknown) reason, weight gained during menopause seems to result in additional mass around the middle, even though the woman (experiencing this symptom) may have had no prior history associated weight gain around the waist.
Over the years, many women often experience weight gains in the hip and thigh regions. This is especially true after pregnancy. However, following pre menopause and menopause many women experience a cosmetic shift from hip and thigh weight gain in contrast to weight gained around the middle.
Unfortunately, binge eating goes along with food cravings. If previously, small rations of a person's favorite food were enough, a peri menopausal or menopausal woman may suddenly find that even two or three helpings (of these foods) are not enough to satisfy the desire. Previously, a woman may have intuitively sensed which foods (or food types) were 'danger' foods and automaticaly tried to monitor the over consumption of these 'decadent pleasures'. It is not strange to find someone having difficulty from this condition to eat a whole bag of potato chips, or an entire half gallon of their most liked ice cream at a single setting. Not surprisingly, binge eating coupled with specific food cravings can lead to menopause belly fat weight gain.
In much the same way, a craving for or the over-consumption of comfort foods can lead to menopause belly fat and menopause weight gain. Most people can relate to 'Thanksgiving Dinner' as the ultimate comfort food experience. However, basicaly the same can be said for roast beef, pizza, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, meat loaf, followed by deep dish peach pie or triple layer cake with double fudge frosting.
However, the regular over-indulgence in these foods, especially in later life, can lead to menopause belly fat weight gain.
To further add to this condition, there is also clinical evidence that 'stress' is linked to comfort foods.
It should be of no unusual surprise that Americans exercise less as they age. Load bearing exercises like walking and modified weight training can help to balance weight gain. Unfortunately, peri menopausal and menopausal women often are less active and exercise less than in their 30's and 40's.
Metabolism is often linked to menopause belly fat weight gain. As we age, our metabolic rate lowers, which means that not as much food is needed to keep consistent weight levels. If food consumption goes up without a corresponding rise in metabolism, women of advanced age run a serious risk of incurring menopause belly fat weight gain.
When We Eat
Metabolic rates slow alot later in the day, and more so after 6:00PM.
Other Catalysts and Eating Concerns
As previously discussed, stress can be a precursor to binge eating and over eating. Menopausal women also need to be informed about that some foods and beverages can also 'trigger' other common premenopause or menopause symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats.
For this aspect, smoking and the use of all alcoholic beverages (including beer and wine) are expressly not encouraged.
There are multiple dangers that go along with menopause belly fat weight gain. Weight gain in this area is combined with a greater risk of heart disease. As a result of this fact, women are at equal risk of developing heart disease (at this age) as their male counterparts.
As a result, many health professionals and nutritionists are now recommending as many as 4 or 5 very small meals per day as compared to 3 regular large meals for persons of advanced age.
In addition to possible heart and arterial disease, heavy food consumption can put much additional stress on the digestive tract, liver and kidneys. Diseases of the digestive tract (including colon cancer), as well as liver and kidney disease, can directly lead to increased menopause belly fat weight gain.
Altering the Symptom at the Source
FemFlax is an all-natural menopause support supplement and can help to eliminate menopause belly fat in 3 ways.
1. Concentrated Fem-Flax has been uniquely formulated for women of menopausal age in an effort to combat "hot flashes" and "night sweats", as well as "food cravings" which can lead to increased menopause belly fat weight gain. The active ingredients in Fem-Flax are commonly referred to as "flax hull lignans". FemFlax acts to naturally balance hormones and can help to eliminate the cravings and natural urges that can lead to menopause belly fat weight gain.
2. FemFlax is naturally high in fiber and can swell to ten-times its encapsulated size in the stomach and digestive tract. If taken prior to a meal, FemFlax can provide a "full feeling" which discourages over eating.
High-fiber FemFlax (taken prior to or immediately following a meal) not only helps in the elimination process but also means that fewer calories and carbohydrates may be absorbed, which may also help to eliminate an elevated risk of menopause belly fat weight gain.
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