Can You Lose Weight During Menopause (or is it a waste of time?)

Have you noticed you are putting on weight around your middle?weight loss anger

Your waist has thickened?

Your clothes are fitting tighter?

Having our periods every month of our adult life, period pains, pregnancy, labour pains, birth, breast feeding, saggy boobs (thanks to breast feeding), coping with teenagers (sorry side note here … this could be just me) and cellulite wasn’t punishment enough … we then get hit with all the joy of menopause

And oh what a joy the years leading up to menopause are  7DwarfsMenopause

For some of us this means periods heavier and going on longer than ever

For some our smoking hot body comes only in the form of hot flushes and for others bursting into tears for no reason what so ever is just part of the day!

And let’s not forget the 7 dwarfs of menopause …

Itchy, sweaty, bitchy, sleepy, bloated, forgetful and physco !

WeightGainTo top it off…

Your body (thanks to hormones) starts to act in a more ‘male fashion’ … in other words we start to store fat in our stomach rather than our hips and butt.

The question is … can you still lose weight successfully going through menopause?  And if so ..  How?

Firstly let me explain WHY you are finding it difficult to lose weight in your 40’s, 50’s and beyond:

  • Hormone Fluctuations:              Both high and low levels of Estrogen can increase fat storage
  • Loss of Muscle Tone:                 Due to ageing, less physical activity and  hormone changes loss of muscle tone occurs
  • Lack of sleep:                             Many women complain that they no longer sleep as well and this is linked to weight gain
  • Increased Insulin Resistance:   As women age, their bodies often become insulin resistant and this will lead to weight gain

The 3 BIGGEST Mistakes You Can Make When Trying To Lose Weight


2.  Go for a 1 hour walk each day as your exercise program (see my FREE workout at the end of this blog)

3.  Do sit ups to help get a flat stomach

Let me explain HOW to lose weight during menopause: and why going on a low calorie diet, just walking every day and doing sit ups is NOT the answer!

sitUpsGoing on a low calorie diet is one of the worst things you can do .  Low calorie diets are proven to slow down your metabolism.  This is NOT what you want. A slow metabolism promotes weight gain.

Walking is a great stress buster, gets the blood flowing and heart pumping but if you are trying to lose weight (and keep it off) walking is not the BEST exercise. 

100’s of sit ups a day will give you a strong abdominal muscle BUT unless you lose the fat covering your abs, you will NEVER see all your hard work.

Here are my 5 TOP recommendations: to lose weight in your 40’s and 50’s:

  1. Eat 4 – 5 SMALL meals a dayChickenVegetables  (it is all about portion control) 3-4 hours apart.
  2. Treat  PROTEIN as your friend  Protein is a building block for muscle tone.  Muscle tone will speed up your metabolism.
  3. Reduce WHITE carbohydrates   Do eat fruit (before 12 noon) and lots and lots of fibrous vegetables
  4. Drink loads of water!
  5. Do resistance exercise    Your body weight, bands or weights to improve your muscle tone and SPEED up your metabolism

My 3 favourite exercise to speed up your metabolism and tone your muscles


Would you like a FREE safe and effective resistance exercise program that you can do in the comfort of your own home to help you speed up your metabolism,  increase your muscle tone AND put you on the right track to losing weight during menopause?

Click here to get your FREE workout

If you would like HELP in losing weight through my programs, coaching or support, reach out to me, the first step is often the hardest!

FAB 6162 Dana Eden  is a qualified PT and Pilates Instructor.  For the last 26 years Dana has been showing women and a  few smart men HOW to speed up their metabolism through nutrition, exercise and life hacks!  She is the creator of  the 12 Week Lean Body System.  

 Dana offers online coaching programs, eating plans and group exercise classes.