Can you avoid weight gain during your menopause years?

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Did you know that women in their menopause years can, on average, gain 1 to 1 ½ lbs. per year? That can translate to adding 10 to 15 or more pounds without even noticing – until it’s already there!

Women in their forties and fifties need about 200 calories fewer per day than women in their twenties and thirties, or they need to exercise a little more, or do a few other things…

Here are a few suggestions that will help you keep the weight off.

 

  • Start exercising or going for a 30 minute walk every morning to get fresh oxygen into your brain and body and rev up your metabolism for the day.
  • Start eating healthier snacks such as raw almonds and walnuts, plain yogurt, fresh apples or pears, or a small piece of dark chocolate.
  • Start cooking with coconut oil rather than butter or other oils! Coconut oil has been proven to help you release body-fat. If the thought of eating it off a spoon makes you want to gag, add 1 to 2 teaspoons solid coconut oil to your breakfast whey protein shake! Makes it smoother and creamier!
  • Start doing a nutritional cleanse three to four times a year. It’s a healthy weight management tool since it releases the fat that stores body toxins, adds nutrients and reduces calories. Most cleansers notice pounds and inches lost a few days after starting their cleanse.
  • Here’s a little known nutrition secret…start taking a daily multi-mineral supplement so your body gets the micronutrients it’s REALLY craving when you think it wants a salty junk food. You cannot absorb vitamins when you are missing minerals, and minerals are missing from our food that’s grown in minerally depleted soil. When you satisfy your body with nutrients it needs, you’ll no longer have those irresistible cravings for fatty, 0-nutrient foods that are currently contributing to your weight gain.
  • Stop eating wheat products, including the ones you’ve been told are ‘healthy’ for you. Many women notice their bellies reduce almost overnight when they avoid eating wheat.
  • Stop drinking that glass of wine with dinner. It’s a recipe for weight gain during your menopause years.
  • Stop eating anything with added sugar – those calories are stored rather than burned.
  •  Avoid artificial sweeteners like Sweet n’ Low, Equal, and Splenda. Many products such as diet soft drinks contain the dangerous chemical food additive aspartame, which scientific studies have linked to being a causative factor in obesity, illnesses and toxic reactions in the human body. Also avoid high fructose corn syrup, which is a cheap, addictive sweetener that also contributes towards weight gain.
  • Stop eating anything past 6 pm. Drink water or herbal tea only.
  • Sick of having that jelly belly? Women during their menopause years typically notice extra belly fat and feel dismayed when it proves to be difficult to get rid of it. Now researchers are identifying natural and nutrient-dense foods that when eaten regularly – reduce abdominal fat – especially when combined with regular exercise and eliminating your intake of non-foods, sugar and fried foods. These belly-fat eliminators include apples – try eating three apples a day, watermelons, tomatoes (large: 33 calories), bananas (75 to 135 calories) tart cherries, raw celery (a negative calorie food – 8 calories per rib), avocados – a nutrition powerhouse.

 

Yes, with a little care and planning, you can avoid or eliminate weight gain during your menopause years!

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