Say Goodbye to Perimenopause Weight Gain

(Peri) menopause and gaining weight is a big topic! So, does perimenopause make you put on weight? The answer is a little involved, but in short – yes, perimenopause and menopause can lead to weight gain.

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Increasing research and attention is being given to the effects of perimenopause, helping us understand the changes and what we can do to ensure they do not negatively impact our mental and physical health. But all is not lost. While fat loss during these times may not be easy, it is achievable with a combination of healthy choices, activities and body contouring treatments.

 

Why Has my Body Shape Changed with Age?

Whether its sitting further ahead in your future or is very much a part of your present; you’re likely aware of what perimenopause entails. This is the stage during which our bodies start transitioning towards menopause. It typically begins in our mid-to-late 40s and lasts up to eight years. However, some women start experiencing perimenopausal symptoms such as weight gain and hormonal upheaval in their mid to late 30s.

One of the main concerns linked to perimenopause is weight gain. This is because our hormone levels resemble a rollercoaster during this time, leading to an increased appetite and slower metabolism (the rate at which we burn calories). Many find it harder to manage their weight as the years tick by, and perimenopause and menopause increase this battle. Fat reduction can be a tougher challenge as we get older, but it is still possible to lose those inches.

Various elements can contribute to weight gain during this hormonal transition but understanding them can make it easier to take actions that will support your overall health and wellbeing.

 

Why Can’t I Lose Weight from my Stomach?

Let’s look at a few of the key factors for losing belly fat during perimenopause and menopause.

  • The body needs less energy – It is thought we require up to 300 calories less daily once we reach perimenopause and menopause. This is terrible news for those with a sweet tooth, as sugar is often the main culprit! The reduction of oestrogen can cause the body to struggle processing sugars and starches, leading to an increase in fat storage. This tends to be around the tummy, bottom and hips.
  • We become less active – The fatigue and joint aches that come with perimenopausal changes can lead to less energy and less motivation to exercise. Ultimately, we will burn fewer calories and struggle to keep weight off.
  • Muscle mass declines – Muscle mass decreases at the surprising rate of 8% per decade after 40. Muscles burn more calories than fat, so a decrease in muscle mass inevitably means reducing calorie burn.
  •  Mind impacts matter -Our mental health can suffer when we feel drained and low. Ageing can hit our confidence and, in turn, hinder our wellbeing. Feeling unhappy and anxious can cause comfort eating and a more sedentary lifestyle.

Why am I Putting Weight on Around my Middle?

As mentioned above, the reduction of oestrogen can make it easier for fat to accumulate, and unfortunately, the most common area for this is around the middle of the body. If you are wondering what can help you to lose weight from your middle, the simple answer is to cut down on sugar and be more active.

To reduce fat and lose weight, we must burn more calories than we consume. Sometimes just a few small changes are all you need. Aim for a minimum of 10,000 steps a day and try to fit in three workouts a week. Doing a mixture of cardio and weights is the most effective way to retain muscle and reduce fat. However, it is important to understand that exercise cannot spot-reduce fat from one specific area.

 

How to Lose Stomach Fat During Perimenopause

The first battle is to take charge of how you feel about perimenopause. Try to view it as an opportunity rather than a negative. The attitude you have can tremendously influence your experience. See it as the start of a new chapter that can be enjoyed just as much as your younger years and make it a time for new choices.

  • Exercise – Weight training, in particular, aids in developing all-important muscle mass – beneficial for calorie burning, but also in creating a firm and toned appearance that will help clothes fit better and increase your self-confidence. This is a fantastic method of fat reduction and inch loss.
  • Sleep – Sleep is an integral part of our health, and lack of sleep can lead to poor food choices and less motivation. It might not be realistic to get eight hours of sleep each night, but aim for at least seven hours and turning all screens and phones off an hour before you head to bed.
  • Nutrition and portions – Aim to eat smaller portions and healthier ingredients. In addition to weight control, the nutrients in healthy foods will help you cope with menopausal symptoms. Also, don’t forget to be mindful of sugary or processed foods and alcohol. These contain ‘empty’ calories that are more likely to increase abdominal fat and zap energy.
  • Stress – Stress is not good for the mind or the body. Try to reduce your stress levels where possible. Cortisol, the stress hormone, encourages fat storage around the abdomen. Reducing stress will improve sleep, eating habits and motivation.

 

Skin Tightening and Body Shaping

Skin tightening and body shaping may be at the top of your list if you have hit the perimenopause slump. Upping your water intake and keeping hydrated is a fantastic way of reducing bloat and helping to rejuvenate skin. Weight fluctuation can cause loose skin, and our skin naturally loses elasticity with age. Several cost-effective and accessible treatments can help with body contouring, cellulite reduction, and bottom lifting.

 

What are the Best Body Contouring and Slimming Treatment Options?

If you need an extra hand managing weight gain around the stomach, the team at Beauty Studio MediSpa can help. The LipoFirm Pro Tummy Contour treatment utilises TriLipoTM radio frequency technology to accelerate natural fat metabolism for instant inch loss, sculpting, and contouring. Meanwhile, dynamic muscle activation also stimulates muscles for improved core strength, and loose skin is tightened as collagen regeneration is naturally promoted.

Do Slimming Treatments Really Work?

There’s a reason this treatment is award-winning and loved by celebrities: it offers results from the first session, is safe and non-invasive, and requires no downtime. An average of six-eight treatments are recommended for optimum results every one to two weeks.

If you are considering a buttock lift, cellulite reduction, skin tightening or body contouring, our specialists are here to help you. To discuss LipoFirm Pro and its suitability for you further, why not book a therapist consultation? This costs £28, which is redeemable against a course of treatment.

The difference these treatments can make to your confidence is astonishing! A 45-minute treatment costs £120 (quote ‘LIP0222’ for 20% off your first session), while a course of seven treatments costs £655 (saving £185). Treatment courses also include a free online consultation with our health expert and weight loss coach, who can advise on nutritional changes to best support your hormones during menopause.

We understand the changes your body goes through and are here to help you gain the body confidence you deserve. Each body is beautifully different, and we are here to help – whether it is with fat loss and nutrition or skin tightening and body shaping.

 

For more details and to book, visit bsmedispa.co.uk or call 01277 230330.