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Unlocking the Secret to Menopausal Weight Gain: A Doctor’s Perspective

By September 14, 2023Healthy Living

Has the menopausal metabolism got you down? If you’re like many women out there, you might be grappling with the frustration of stubborn weight gain, that belly fat that seems impossible to shed, or the feeling of your muffin top spilling over your belt. Perhaps you’ve even reluctantly gone up a pant size, and now you’re stuck feeling like a stuffed sausage in your office clothes. Well, you’re not alone in this struggle, and today we’re here to shed some light on the menopausal metabolism mystery.

Find Comfort and Balance in Your Journey 


Studies show that one in three menopausal women will develop a thyroid condition, which can cause your body’s gears to grind to a halt.


But hold on; there’s more to this puzzle. Life during menopause can feel like a roller coaster of stress, changing hormones, sleepless nights, and self-care that often takes a back seat. All of these factors play a role in the weight gain you might be experiencing. So, is it just menopause slowing down your metabolism, or is it simply a part of the middle-age package deal, much like changes in digestion, cognitive function, or vision?


Now, let’s address the three major contributors to weight gain during menopause.


Hormone Balance 


First and foremost, hormonal imbalances, such as fluctuations in estrogen and progesterone levels, play a significant role in menopausal weight gain. 


During menopause, one in three women may develop a thyroid condition, particularly an underactive thyroid. This condition, known as hypothyroidism, can cause various bodily functions to slow down, including metabolism, leading to further weight gain and difficulty managing body weight. 


It is therefore important for menopausal women to be aware of these factors and take steps to address them through proper medical guidance and lifestyle adjustments.


Poor Eating Habits


Another significant factor to consider during this particular life stage is the detrimental impact of poor eating habits, which gradually start to manifest their consequences. It becomes increasingly evident that the choices we make in terms of nutrition have a profound effect on our overall well-being and can significantly affect our physical and mental health in the long run. 


Consider this: With an average of a thousand meals a year, we’ve consumed around 50,000 meals so far. Each choice counts because, over time, these eating habits accumulate, potentially leading to weight gain during menopause. 


The decisions you make at mealtime matter more than ever, given the significant number of meals you’ve already enjoyed throughout your life.


The Ever Present Stress


Stress can have a profound impact on our sleep patterns. When we experience high levels of stress, it can become increasingly challenging to fall asleep or stay asleep throughout the night. We may find our minds racing with anxious thoughts, making it difficult to relax and drift off into a peaceful slumber. 


This lack of quality sleep can further exacerbate our stress levels, creating a vicious cycle that can be hard to break free from.


Not getting enough sleep can really mess with our well-being. It leaves us feeling tired during the day, makes it harder to think clearly, and can mess with our decision-making skills. Our bodies need good sleep to recharge both physically and mentally.


By focusing on stress management techniques like relaxing exercises or practicing mindfulness, we can improve our sleep patterns and live a healthier, more balanced life.


Lifestyle Changes 


The truth is, that this stage of life calls for a conscious shift in how we care for ourselves. Self-care becomes crucial. It’s about incorporating habits like regular exercise, eating nutrient-rich foods, staying hydrated, getting quality sleep, managing stress, and limiting alcohol. You don’t need to spend hours on a treadmill; it’s about being intentional and consistent with your self-care routine.


The result? Increased mobility, better brain and body oxygenation, reduced inflammation, and a pleasant surprise: your weight starts to find its balance, and your body composition improves. Suddenly, those office clothes feel comfortable again.


Seeking Help  – Not a Weakness 


Occasionally, I hear women tell me, “Dr. Purcell, I’m intelligent; I should be able to unravel this predicament, but I’m stuck with my weight and none of my attempts have been fruitful!” There is no need to feel disheartened. Within my practice, I encounter numerous brilliant and ambitious women seeking guidance in this facet of life. It is not foolish to seek assistance; in fact, it is unwise not to, as your vast and fulfilling life awaits you. These women express their desire to relish life to the fullest, surpassing their current state, as their well-being holds them back.


Your Vibrant Life is Waiting for YOU


It’s normal to feel a little overwhelmed by the lifestyle changes that come with menopausal weight gain, but understanding the ins and outs of the process is key. Taking control of your health and gaining perspective can play an essential role in your well-being. Give yourself the tools you need to find balance, comfort, and improved health on this journey. And don’t forget, you don’t have to go it alone! Don’t perceive seeking assistance from a medical expert as a sign of weakness. Get with me today to schedule a discovery call, where I can provide guidance on your journey toward natural medicine, women’s health, and overall wellness. At the end of the day, honoring your needs is key and also marks a renewed mindfulness in your life when it comes to eating better, finding happier ways to cope with stress-inducing situations, and being more intentional about promoting healthier habits. Reclaiming your power begins today!


If you’re going through menopause and feeling stagnant in your overall wellness, I’d love to assist you in finding answers. Let’s set up a free discovery call to delve into your symptoms and create a personalized plan just for you. 


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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.