You don’t have to be fat when it’s time for a change!
Although this is not necessary, a large percentage of women of all ages are overweight and obese. In the changing era, maintaining a stable body weight and avoiding weight gain is a major challenge for women. Even if a woman easily sheds her extra weight, there is no need to pay attention during her peak years, because the weight she received can easily appear again in the form of belly fat.
The word menopause means that the menstrual cycle stops and covers the date of the last menstrual bleeding that was not followed by another bleeding within a year. In developed countries, this occurs in women with an average age of 53 years. In the previous decade, obesity was no longer uncommon.
Despite daily experience, professional organizations such as the North American Menopause Association do not see it as an obvious fact that menopause is the onset of a form of obesity.
We can also say that it is not necessary for women of changing age to gradually gain weight, blaming changes in hormone levels. However, it is recognized that over the years, your metabolism slows down, you gain more and more weight and your muscle mass begins to decrease. It has also been proven that lifestyle factors play a very important role in how much the balance sheet shows.
When changing: the excess is easily deposited on the abdomen
The Mayo Clinic in the United States considers that hormonal changes before menopause tend to manifest primarily in the form of belly fat when you gain weight, rather than as an addition on the hips or thighs. This means that women of varying age can easily be faced with the fact that if they are overweight, the amount of fat accumulated in the tummy (abdomen) area will increase and the belts will have to be expanded.
Abdominal obesity is the most dangerous
Why is it especially important to have excess weight in the abdominal area and not, for example, in the hip area?
Belly fat appears to be an indicator of an increased risk of heart disease. According to research conducted by experts at the University of Pittsburgh, women with significant abdominal obesity around menopause have an increased risk of heart disease. Each 20% increase in belly fat represents a 2% increase in the wall thickness of the lining of the aorta, which increases the chances of developing heart disease.
It has also been observed that an increase in body mass index (BMI), ie general obesity, is not associated with the same degree of cardiovascular disease risk as localized abdominal obesity.
Dr. Samar Al-Khodari, who led the research, sums it up:
What matters is not how many pounds a woman carries on herself, but rather where she carries the excess.
Can obesity change in the abdominal area be prevented?
Physical activity and movement appear to play a major role in reducing abdominal fat deposition and cardiovascular disease risks. Exercise with 150 minutes of moderate activity per week is recommended for everyone.
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Plus, it doesn’t hurt to tighten up on your daily calories. A 50-year-old woman needs an average of 200 fewer calories per day than a 30- or 40-year-old woman.
what should I do?
Good advice may be familiar:
- Pay attention to the consumption of vegetables, fruits and whole grains.
- It is recommended to use oil instead of fat in the kitchen and reduce alcohol consumption.
- It doesn’t hurt to think about sweets, either.
Dr. Boday Mariana Ph.D.
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