Menopause FAQs: Menopause Weight Gain is some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about midlife weight gain, menopots and muffin tops. Can we have our cake and eat it too?

Menopause FAQs: Menopause Weight GainDoes menopause cause weight gain?

Unfortunately or fortunately, no. On page one in Major Review Finds Menopause Does Not Cause Weight Gain, But Increases Belly Fat published for World Menopause Day 2012, the International Menopause Society (IMS) explain:

“A comprehensive review by the International Menopause Society has found that going through the menopause does not cause a woman to gain weight. However, the hormonal changes at the menopause are associated with a change in the way that fat is distributed, leading to more belly (abdominal) fat”.

If menopause does not cause weight gain, what does?

Menopause FAQs: Menopause Weight Gain 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 (NAMS) 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. These changes may have detrimental metabolic consequences, so it’s important to avoid weight gain during and after the menopause years through diet and exercise, which minimizes fat gain and maintains muscle, thereby reducing body size.”

At midlife, can a woman’s drop in metabolic rate be as much as 25%?

Hooley dooley. Yes. The NAMS Video Series-2019 – Weight Gain at Midlife explains:

Where may I find more Menopause FAQs?

Menopause FAQs: Menopause Weight GainIn Menopause FAQs: Expert Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About Menopause you may find Menopause FAQS: Your Health After Menopause where the NAMS explain:

“You’ve gone more than a year without a period and are considered to be postmenopausal. In these years, women may begin to feel the effects of normal aging but also still may be affected by the hormone changes that came with menopause. Our experts answer your questions and will help you to figure out whether the physical changes you are experiencing are normal and suggest coping strategies”.

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Last Updated: 15 May 2019 – Last Revised: 08 April 2019
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