“Writing down what you eat is like seeing a day’s worth of food laid out before you. You can identify your good habits (such as eating three daily meals and choosing…”.1

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Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Menopause Weight Gain
  • Middle Age Spread
  • Midlife Weight Gain

Menopause

Is menopause to blame for weight gain during menopause?

In Menopause FAQs: Your Health After Menopause – Q. I’m finding it harder to lose weight now that I’m older. Is menopause to blame? the North American Menopause Society explain:

“A. Many women gain weight during the menopause transition, although neither menopause nor menopause treatments have been shown to be responsible. Midlife weight gain appears to be mostly related to aging and lifestyle, and although the cause is not menopause, menopause may be related to changes in body composition and where fat is stored, with a decrease in lean body mass”.2

Weight Gain

If menopause is not to blame for weight gain during menopause, what is?

In Health After Menopause: Weight Gain or Redistribution the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health (JH) explain:

“Many women experience changes to their weight during the perimenopause and after the menopause. The main causes of weight gain at this time are likely to be:

  • Age
  • Decreasing activity levels
  • Less muscle mass and slowing metabolism
  • Diet
    • Choosing cheaper, calorie-dense and processed foods instead of healthier food
    • Imbalance between the number of calories being eaten and energy being used”.3

Look for A Pattern

How may I Look for A Pattern with weight gain during menopause?

Menopause Weight Gain PatternOne way to Look for A Pattern with weight gain during menopause is to keep a food diary. In Food Diary – How To Keep Track of What You Eat the (United States) American Heart Foundation elaborate on:

“Writing down what you eat is like seeing a day’s worth of food laid out before you. You can identify your good habits (such as eating three daily meals and choosing healthy snacks) and your bad habits (such as unhealthy snacking late at night and drinking mostly sugary drinks)”.4

Health Care Provider

What if I would like help to Look for A Pattern with my weight gain?

If you would like help to Look for A Pattern with your weight gain, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this. Together you can identify any patterns, discuss your options and if required, agree on who may be the most appropriate health care provider to help you.

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  1. Food Diary – How To Keep Track of What You Eat. Last Reviewed on December 2015. American Heart Association http://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-eating/eat-smart/nutrition-basics/food-diary-how-to-keep-track-of-what-you-eat Accessed: 05 August 2019
  2. Menopause FAQs: Your Health After Menopause – Q. I’m finding it harder to lose weight now that I’m older. Is menopause to blame? North American Menopause Society http://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopause-faqs-your-health-after-menopause Accessed: 05 August 2019
  3. Health After Menopause: Weight Gain or Redistribution. Last Updated 18 August 2018 — Last Reviewed 17 December 2017. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health http://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/health-after-menopause/ Accessed: 05 August 2019
  4. Food Diary – How To Keep Track of What You Eat. Last Reviewed on December 2015. American Heart Association http://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-eating/eat-smart/nutrition-basics/food-diary-how-to-keep-track-of-what-you-eat Accessed: 05 August 2019
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