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The Truth About Weight Gain in Menopause, and What You Can Do About It.

Do you find yourself putting on a few extra pounds as you approach menopause? 

Do you gain weight when you go through menopause?

If Yes, you’re not alone. 

While many women gain weight during menopause, it’s not inevitable – and there are things you can do to help keep the scale in check. 

Facing the Weight Gain Issue

In this blog, I’m going to show you what causes weight gain during menopause and how to prevent it.

I’m a naturopathic doctor who has been working for twenty years. I have seen a lot of misconceptions about weight gain during menopause. I am going to tell you the truth about these misconceptions and give you some tips to help you avoid gaining weight during menopause.

Here are some things you should know about menopause: 

  • One, weight gain is common. 
  • Two, it’s not a myth. There are things you can do to prevent it.
  • Three, many women are unprepared for the changes that come with menopause.
  • Four, I don’t want you to be blindsided like so many other women and unprepared for the health problems that can occur.

You may be surprised by how many prescription medications you start taking as you get older. You may feel alone and disconnected from others. Your relationships may be affected. You may also be surprised by how much weight you gain. And then, depression may set in. 

I have been helping women for over twenty years, and I know these things. I helped women navigate the ins and outs of menopause.

The Turning Point

It’s time you focus on your body, mind, and spirit. There are two periods in a woman’s life when we talk about hormones. The first is before menopause when a woman has hormones. The second is after menopause when a woman’s hormones decline dramatically and might even reach zero.

What’s the big deal? Menopause is a TURNING POINT, especially with weight for a woman like you. You can divide the time. You could make some minor food changes and lose five pounds. Then you would make some minor food changes and gain five pounds. It’s a dramatic difference.

Before menopause, your health and body image stay pretty much the same for about the first fifty years of your life. But once you start to go through menopause, things start to change. Your health declines and your body changes. This can cause changes in your relationships with other people. Suddenly one morning you might look in the mirror and don’t feel like yourself anymore.

Menopause Stage

As you move into the MENOPAUSE STAGE, your metabolism slows down. This means it becomes harder for you to lose weight, but easier to gain weight. If you are in your mid-forties or perimenopause, I encourage you to do your best to lose any unwanted weight that you may be carrying.

After you go through menopause, it will be harder to lose weight. This is because of the fluctuations in hormones. Many women experience imbalances in both estrogen and progesterone after menopause, which can lead to weight gain. Menopause officially means not having a period for one year.

If you have not been taking care of your health, now is the time to do it. In menopause, you can’t expect to just take care of yourself anymore. There is more work that needs to be done to feel energetic and balanced. This is also the time when many women develop health problems.

Make a Radical Move

You can avoid health problems by paying more attention to your individual needs. Most women over fifty are on four prescription medications. That number just keeps going up as you get older. The insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies want you to be dependent on them, but with my help, I WANT YOU to be INDEPENDENT.

You can feel POWERFUL and be PROACTIVE by living your best life. There are six things you can do today to help your weight and avoid a pitfall during menopause:

  • Number One. The best way to start is by eating healthy foods. Eat more plants, fruits, and vegetables. Eat fewer things that are greasy or sugary. And eat food that has been less processed.
  • Number Two. You should exercise regularly, at least five days a week. This could be yoga, a 20-minute walk each day, or doing something active that you enjoy. Just make sure you’re moving your body and working your legs. Exercising is important not just for your belly. It is important for your bones, heart, and mind.
  • Number Three. Drink plenty of water. You can drink sparkling water, lemon, water spa, water infused with lime or cucumbers, or coconut water. Try to avoid high-calorie, high sugar drinks or artificial sweeteners. They’re not ideal because they’re filled with chemicals. It’s best to stick with natural beverages that come from nature and are not chemical.
  • Number Four. Get enough sleep. Women who go to bed after midnight have a higher body mass index.
  • Number Five. You should finish your dinner by 7:00 PM. No late dinners, no late-night snacking. If you feel like you need something, reach for a piece of fruit, or a cup of herbal tea.
  • Number Six. Healthily manage your stress. Drinking wine or eating potato chips on the couch is not healthy. Be careful about how many calories and sugars you eat.

When you’re drinking alcohol, a glass of red wine has about 150 calories. It’s better to choose drinks that have fewer calories. Examples include flavored vodka with soda or water, and maybe a twist or a squeeze of lemon or lime.

After reading these tips, if you feel motivated, but also overwhelmed. If, you don’t know where to start. Go ahead and reach out to us. 

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Our Helping and Caring Hand 

There may be many things that are making your stomach conditions worse. We provide a comprehensive wellness evaluation to figure out what is going on with your body. This includes looking at how well you are functioning, any deficiencies you may have, your hormone status, and if you have any pre-disease states.

When you know what to expect, you can be better prepared for menopause. You will know which supplements to take, what exercises to do, and how to eat. You will also need to learn how to balance your hormones and manage your stress.

Your Inspirations

What reduces inflammation and makes you feel better? Losing weight. I believe that you are full of wisdom and grace, and you can learn a lot over your lifetime.

I want you to be able to share your wisdom with the world in a unique way that only you can. This will give you a purpose and make you shine.

Now you know the truth about weight gain during menopause. You also have some tips to help you avoid gaining weight.

If you are interested in learning more or want some help implementing these tips, please schedule a free discovery call with me.

I would love to chat with you and see how I can help you stay healthy and happy during this change of life. Thank you for reading!


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DISCLAIMER:  The information in this email is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All content is for general informational purposes only and does not replace a consultation with your own doctor/health professional 

Dr. Andrea Purcell

A trusted and well-respected Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Purcell has been in private practice for over twenty years. Dr. Purcell is a published author and has a women’s specialty practice for hormone balancing, weight loss, mystery illness, and gastro-intestinal concerns. Dr. Purcell assists her patients by identifying the underlying cause of disease and removing obstacles that impede the body's natural ability to heal. Drugs and surgery are used as a last resort. She believes that increasing health on the inside shines through to the outside.