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I went through menopause about two years ago, and I’ve put on 15 pounds since then. Help! Is this inevitable?

Weight gain and menopause don’t have to go hand in hand. Yes, your body has changed. Oestrogen and progesterone production have pretty much shut down. As you age your metabolism may slow and this can make you put on extra weight. And that’s risky: Belly fat cranks out proteins and other agents that amp up your risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer. But don’t blame menopause.

Eating the wrong food is probably the problem. Eat lean proteins, fresh veggies and fruit, and 100 per cent whole grains. Try going vegetarian/vegan. That’ll eliminate most or all saturated fat and cholesterol. Start strength training. After 50, everyone loses muscle mass, but weight training with hand weights or stretch bands three times a week tones and builds muscles and protects your bones. Get moving. Walking, bicycling and/or an aerobics class will help keep your metabolism revved and your heart strong.


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