If your midsection has gotten bigger despite not making any changes to your diet or exercise routine, you are not alone. Weight gain is one of the most common complaints in women 40+, especially in the menopause transition and beyond. Unfortunately, the drop in estrogen production in the menopause transition causes a shift in your fat stores, creating that dreaded belly fat. On top of that, your metabolism slows down at midlife, making it even harder to keep your weight in check. Menopause even increases a woman’s risk of preventable chronic diseases: high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes.
While using hormone therapy definitely helps prevent weight gain and lowers your risk of developing some chronic diseases, its use is not the magic answer to your weight gain woes. There is definitely some truth to the phrase “You are what you eat”. The foods you choose to fuel your body with each day plays a significant part in your body’s ability to prevent disease and control your weight. .
Adapting a lifestyle diet can help you obtain wellness. Our favorite at MyMenopauseRx is the Mediterranean Diet. It has been supported in the medical literature over and over again as a healthy way to eat and live that prevents chronic diseases like heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, depression and certain cancers. Being physically active along with eating traditional foods from the countries that surround the Mediterranean Sea can even help you maintain a healthy weight in menopause and beyond. Fruits and vegetables are the star of your meals, but rest assured, you will not be deprived of any food groups - you can even enjoy wine and dessert!
If you currently have a classic westernized diet full of processed foods and sugary beverages, following a mediterranean diet lifestyle may be too much change all at once. That’s ok. Introducing diet changes little by little is a great way to succeed.
Remember, every healthy change you make in your lifestyle counts toward improving your wellness. Aim to incorporate one new Mediterranean diet principle each week or two. Over time, your small changes add up and allow you to say goodbye to fad diets for good and hello to wellness.
Principles of the Mediterranean Diet:
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