Dr Glenda McLaren
Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

Menopause Weight Gain Explained

Embracing Wholeness During Menopause: Navigating Weight Gain at Bloom Women's Health

Menopause, a natural turning point for women, brings a wave of changes, and weight gain can be a common concern. While some women transition smoothly, others experience weight fluctuations that can impact their well-being. At Bloom Women’s Health, we understand these concerns and are dedicated to empowering you with knowledge and support throughout your menopause journey.¬†

Understanding Menopausal Weight Gain: Beyond the Scale

Menopausal weight gain refers to the increase in body weight that many women experience during this transition. Several factors contribute to this, including:

  • Hormonal Changes: Decreased estrogen levels can influence fat distribution, leading to a shift towards belly fat.
  • Metabolic Changes: As you enter menopause, your basal metabolic rate (BMR) may decrease, meaning you burn fewer calories at rest.
  • Lifestyle Factors: Diet, exercise habits, and stress levels can significantly impact weight management during menopause and beyond.

It’s important to remember that menopause itself isn’t a guarantee of weight gain. By focusing on overall health and well-being, you can effectively manage weight fluctuations during this time.

Taking Charge of Your Menopause Journey

Bloom Women’s Health offers a holistic approach to managing weight gain during menopause. Here are some key strategies:

  • Nourishing Your Body: Embrace a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Reduce sugar and refined carbs, which can contribute to weight gain and worsen other menopausal symptoms.
  • Moving Your Body: Regular physical activity is crucial for maintaining a healthy weight during menopause. Aim for a combination of aerobic exercise, strength training, and activities you enjoy.
  • Prioritizing Stress Management: Chronic stress can trigger weight gain. Techniques like yoga, meditation, or mindfulness practices can help you manage stress and promote overall well-being.

Addressing the Emotional Impact

Weight gain can bring about feelings of frustration, self-consciousness, or low self-esteem. It’s important to acknowledge these emotions and seek support. Bloom Women’s Health can connect you with qualified healthcare professionals, including nutritionists and therapists, to provide guidance and encouragement.

Supporting You Every Step of the Way

  • Average Weight Gain During Menopause: Studies suggest an average weight gain of 5-10 pounds during menopause, but this can vary significantly.
  • Foods to Avoid for Menopause Belly Fat: Limit sugar, refined carbs, and unhealthy fats. Focus on a balanced diet rich in whole foods.
  • Can You Flatten a Menopause Belly?: Spot reduction isn’t possible, but overall weight loss through healthy diet and exercise can reduce belly fat.
  • HRT and Weight Gain: HRT may be prescribed for menopausal symptoms, and weight gain can be a potential side effect. Discuss HRT with your healthcare provider to determine if it’s right for you.

Menopause is a natural chapter in a woman’s life. Bloom Women’s Health is here to empower you to navigate weight gain, other symptoms and embrace a holistic journey towards well-being. Contact us today to enquire about a consultation with one of our gynaecologists, to explore personalized strategies throughout menopause and for a lifetime of wellness.