Many women gain weight during transitioning to menopause. A decrease in physical activity, lower muscle mass and diet and lifestyle choices often contribute to weight gain.
Hormonal changes can cause women to gain weight around the abdomen, resulting in the dreaded “ Meno-pot Belly”. Loss of muscle mass decreases the rate at which your body burns calories, making it difficult to loose weight without changing your level of physical activity and eating a healthy diet.
If you continue to eat as you did in your 30’s and 40’s without lifestyle changes you are likely to gain weight. Genetic factors also influence weight gain. If your parents or close relatives carry extra weight around the abdomen you may also. Other factors such as lack of exercise, unhealthy eating, poor sleep habits and dealing with stress also contribute to gaining weight.
The risks associated with weight gain after menopause are significant and increase your risk for developing heart disease, difficulties breathing, type 2 diabetes and cancer of the breast, colon and endometrium.