When it comes to tackling weight gain and other symptoms during menopause, experts suggest the best place to start is by making simple lifestyle changes, such as exercise and diet. As women grow older the number of calories they burn when resting declines during and after the mid-life change, which can in turn make it difficult to lose weight.
Using research conducted by Nuffield Health, nutrition experts at Forth have identified some key ways women can support their long-term health and manage their weight.
Dr Nicky Keay, CMO of Forth said: “Menopause is a normal physiological process in a woman’s life.
“Understanding and being prepared for this phase in your life will mean you are in a good position to meet the challenges of this life stage and to maintain your quality of life.”
In order to be prepared, women should know what foods they should prioritise when it comes to their eating.
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However, they added a warning for women going through menopause.
“This might not be as effective for menopausal women,” they admitted.
“Studies have shown that while very low-calorie diets may result in short-term weight loss, they can reduce lean muscle mass and result in a drop in metabolic rate, making it hard to keep the weight off in the long run.
“If you are considering a calorie deficit to lose weight in menopause, it’s important to ensure you are consuming enough calories to fuel your body and are achieving a well-balanced diet to support your body through the tricky transition.”