Did you know that a persistent change in hormone levels can throw your body off balance and alter your metabolism, causing you to gain belly fat?
Perimenopause, the period where your body transitions towards menopause, involves a lot of drastic changes inside your body. And when a woman reaches menopause, her fluctuating hormone levels can reduce energy expenditure through fat oxidation, or in other words make it much harder to lose weight.
That’s why attempting to lose the additional weight during the perimenopause may be the right thing for you, while it is easier and less stressful. The process of losing is largely similar to any other time of a woman’s life but requires much more willpower and determination to go the distance.
Why do we gain weight in the perimenopause?
When levels of natural oestrogen decrease, the body seeks it from other sources. One such source, though much weaker, is the oestrone found in fat. A woman’s body is therefore less likely to oxidise and burn the fat to preserve the hormones it offers. If you are going through perimenopause and experiencing weight gain, you are not alone. In fact, this is a very natural bodily response.
Why should we lose perimenopause weight gain?
If you are already carrying some extra weight, putting on more can be risky as it could potentially lead to health complications such as heart disease and strokes.
That’s why, here at Bodyline, we’ve put together the top tips and tricks to lose that perimenopause weight gain and return to a happier, healthier you. It’s all about eating less, moving more, and receiving the best possible support and motivation you can get.
- Pick up an active hobby
Start making movement a regular part of your routine by picking up a new hobby – or even revisiting an old one! Swimming, biking, horseback riding, or hiking – the list is endless. Studies show that women going through the change would benefit from 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate exercise a week. That’s just 20 minutes a day!
- Rebalance your hormones with bespoke BHRT
While hormone replacement therapy is often reserved for women going through the menopause, perimenopausal women must suffer their symptoms without the help available.Going private for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy ensures you can replace the oestrogen your body is losing, thus preventing the fat from being retained. Plus, with full blood analysis the bespoke treatments would dampen any other various symptoms of perimenopause, thus improving the quality of life. If you’re looking for a fully supported and personalised hormone replacement therapy journey, get in touch with Bodyline today on 0800 995 6036.
- Maintain a caloric deficit
Fundamentally, losing fat happens when your body is burning more energy than it consumes. That means that in order to lose weight in a healthy way, you must eat in a calorie deficit. Choosing foods high in protein but low in carbohydrates can help you to reduce your overall calorie intake as you feel fuller for longer, and therefore are less likely to crave or snack. To work out how many calories constitute a calorie deficit for your body, check out this handy free tool.
- Support from medical weight loss
Like many women, when hormone levels are off it can have a real impact on your hunger levels. This leads to the feeling of a bottomless pit in your stomach, simply unable to feel full or satisfied. If this sounds familiar, you might benefit from embarking on a medical weight loss journey with the support of Bodyline. Using regular one-to-one meetings, a prescription to an appetite suppressant perfect for your lifestyle and health, and the best nutritional advice, you are guaranteed to lose up to a stone in your first month.Bodyline has helped over 100,000 clients lose weight, check out the success stories for yourself! If you need help losing weight, get in touch today by calling 0800 995 6036 or filling in our online contact form.
- Staying hydrated
Not only is drinking 2-3 litres of cold water a day linked to burning 30% more calories, but it’s also great for combatting many side effects of perimenopause. It can help to prevent vaginal dryness and urinary tract infections, improve brain function, and cool you down when enduring hot flashes. Lose weight and help your body to survive the change ahead of you by staying hydrated.
Contact us today to learn more about managing your perimenopausal weight gain. You can call us on 0800 995 6063 or fill in an online contact form for a call back from one of our lovely customer service team!