Weight gain during midlife can be a serious game changer for a woman’s self esteem, and lead to many more problems above and beyond weight gain in and of itself.
Weight gain is a very real challenge that comes with the changes in our hormones during midlife. It is very frustrating when we feel we have no control over what is happening to our body.
I assure you it doesn’t have to be this way. There is no reason we must gain weight during peri-menopause, menopause or even post menopause. But to prevent weight gain, we must know the facts, and how to overcome them.
Sex hormone changes absolutely do increase our likelihood of gaining weight.
There is also evidence that declining estrogen results in the body’s inability to use starches and sugars as effectively as it once did. Both issues result in increased fat storage as well as create a much more difficult time for us to lose weight and keep the weight off.
In addition to Estrogen’s role in weight gain, we should not forget how Progesterone decline affects our ability to reach our deepest levels of sleep, which results in increased cortisol levels causing even more resultant weight gain. Testosterone decline causes a loss of muscle mass as well as a decline in energy levels. Muscle loss decreases our metabolism further, causing increased weight gain.
Decreased energy levels result in a lack of motivation to stay active, resulting in even more difficulty keeping our weight in control.
However, with all of this bad news, there is research that suggests bioidentical hormone therapy can increase your metabolism, restore restful sleep, and provide adequate Testosterone levels to maintain muscle mass.