Patients often complain that the hormonal shifts of menopause come with a side order of extra pounds. Careful attention to diet and exercise is important, as is setting reasonable and achievable weight loss goals during this time. Here are a few healthy lifestyle habits that will help you to sail through this time of transition:
Muscle mass declines as we get older due to decreased activity levels. Therefore, an exercise routine incorporating strength training can help mitigate that effect by maintaining and building muscle mass. Remember that strength training will not make you “bulky” but actually make it easier to shed unwanted pounds.
Healthy & Balanced Eating
Following a medically supervised weight loss meal plan is more important than ever. Such guidelines will help you to reduce your caloric intake without skimping on nutrition. Your RM Provider will create an individualized meal plan to help you lose the weight and keep it off.
Reduce Carbohydrate Intake
Most of us have noticed how that cookie shows up on our thighs much faster than when we were in our 20s. Replace excess carbohydrates (like sugar and starch) with lean proteins and fresh vegetables.
Surround yourself with family, friends, and loved ones who support your desire and efforts to live a healthy lifestyle. Better yet, team up and make the lifestyle changes together! It’s easier to stay accountable when you have supportive people around you.