Are you in menopause or postmenopause and struggling to lose weight? When you lose 5 pounds do you gain it right back? Do you think you are too old to lose weight and now your body is different and won’t cooperate?
A recent study of 419 overweight and obese postmenopausal women sought to answer “What works?”
Some women got “lifestyle changes” that included regular group meetings led by a nutritionist, exercise physiologists, and psychologists. The others were “controls” and got only health education.
After 48 months, 57 percent of the postmenopausal women who had lifestyle changes maintained at least a 5-pound weight loss compared with 29 percent of controls.
What food changes worked best to get weight off and keep it off? Eating more fruits and vegetables, and eating fewer desserts, sugar-sweetened drinks, and less meat and cheese were key dietary changes.
I know you’ve probably heard this before. But now it’s a proven fact. And so is the reality that increased weight affects most menopausal women and that increases her chances of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis, particularly of her hips and knees.
The other thing that this study proves – that as you enter menopause and beyond, the rules for weight control are really the same as they are before menopause.
So how can you best use this information? Here are 5 changes you can easily do to lose weight in menopause and keep it off.
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