Post menopause weight loss is not an unattainable goal. It is well within the reach of the woman who takes the time to learn how to deal with the unique challenges brought on by menopause.
Once you understand these subtle differences in approach to post menopause weight loss, you will experience the self confidence and contentment that comes with being the healthy, slender, and vibrant person that you want to be. What are these differences in approach to post menopause weight loss? Let us discuss two of the more important ones:
1) Your Need For Calories Will Decrease
While your need for nutrients such as vitamins, fats, proteins, carbohydrates, and minerals continue, your caloric needs decrease after menopause. Therefore you will need to consume those foods that are high in nutrients and low in sugary, empty calories. The best sources of these nutrients are unprocessed, complex carbohydrates, fruits, and vegetables. The preferable meats for weight loss, are fish and fowl.
Calorie control and exercise go hand in hand. It is a proven fact that people who eat properly and regularly engage in some form of aerobic exercise experience weight loss do not gain weight. Brisk walking, cycling, jogging, and skip roping are common forms of aerobic exercise and need only take 20 minutes per day for optimum results and subsequent weight loss. You should always check with your doctor first before undertaking any new exercise program.
2) Your Need For Calcium Increases.
Osteoporosis is a condition that produces bone fragility and porosity. It is found most commonly in women during their post menopause years. Exercise combined with calcium supplementation will significantly slow the development of osteoporosis. You will need a strong frame to support your new ideal weight so consider calcium supplementation as a part of your weight loss program.
Finally, for successful post menopause weight loss you will need to eat at the right time and in the right amounts. Let's briefly discuss these two areas:
The Right Time: Nutritionists are now convinced that eating small frequent meals throughout the day, while not reducing the normal total daily calorie intake, dramatically reduces the tendency of the body to store fat.
When the fat cells in your body sense that there is no shortage of food, due to your eating frequently, they will reduce their number and release their stored fat as energy. Starvation diets on the other hand, tell your fat cells to stay in your body as long as possible as reserves because they sense that food is scarce. This is why so many people on low calorie diets never seem to lose weight. Your body must learn that food is available and not to panic and hoard its fat cells. Frequent, small meals teach this valuable lesson to your body.
The most important meal continues to be a nutritious and satisfying breakfast. Don't skip it if you want to see weight loss!
The Right Amount: Eat a wide variety of nutritious foods and eat enough. Don't make your fat cells panic and hoard their energy because they sense a scarcity of food in your body. Don't get greedy, though. Allow your body to get used to smaller and more frequent meals and you will lose weight. Your body will gladly adapt to smaller more frequent meals over time.
If you implement what you have read here, you will experience significant post menopause weight loss. Menopause need not make this more difficult for you. Even if menopause is now a part of your life, the vibrant health, the self esteem, and slender body that you want are all within your reach. Post menopause weight loss is not an unattainable goal.