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Why Does Menopause Make It Tougher to Lose Weight, and What Can I Do About It?

If you’re entering menopause, or already through it, and you’re noticing an appreciable softening and expansion around your midsection, you’re not alone. Approximately two-thirds of women between the ages of 40 and 59 are overweight and this percentage jumps to three-quarters after the age of 60. While an increasingly sedentary lifestyle as you age plays a role, the effects of menopause shouldn’t be overlooked as a contributing factor.

At our practice, Dr. Adrienne Youdim and our team are dedicated to helping women in Beverly Hills, California, negotiate every stage of their lives with the least amount of disruption possible. And make no mistake, menopause is an incredibly large disruption, which can lead to many unpleasant side effects, from hot flashes to weight gain.

If you’re struggling with your weight during and after menopause, here’s a look at what’s going on and how we can help.

The hormonal piece of the puzzle

As we mentioned above, there are many reasons why you may be gaining weight as you age. The fact is that your body is beginning to slow down, and you may not be as active as you once were, which means you’re not burning off the extra calories as efficiently. Combine this with a natural slowing of your metabolism as you age, and you have a recipe for gradual weight gain.

But many women also experience a sudden change in weight during and after menopause, and the role that hormones play in this should not be overlooked. As your ovaries shut down, so does your estrogen production. Estrogen hormones are primarily responsible for your ovulation, but they also control many other areas of your body, including how you process fat and where you store it.

With the deficit in estrogen, your body tends to hold onto more fat around your abdomen, which explains why women who once enjoyed taut midsections begin to develop unfamiliar bulges around their bellies after they transition through menopause.

Fighting back against weight gain

One of the more frustrating aspects of weight gain as you age is that there are a lot more hurdles to losing weight than when you were younger. During your 30s, weight loss was far easier, as you had a number of resources working in your favor — your activity levels, your metabolism, and your fat processing.

With this weight-loss support fading from the picture, shedding extra pounds can seem like an impossibly uphill battle after menopause. Thankfully, we have the tools to fight back.

We offer a comprehensive solution to weight loss which includes medically supervised programs tailored to meet your specific health needs and goals. Using supplements, nutritional counseling, and exercise recommendations, we can tackle the extra pounds in a way that delivers sustainable results. In addition you may be a candidate for FDA approved medications for weight loss which can be prescribed in a safe and effective way.

We also offer the state-of-the-art SculpSure® fat reduction system. Using laser energy, we heat up the fat cells around your abdomen, in effect destroying them. With SculpSure, we can reduce up to 24% of the fat cells in your targeted areas.

The bottom line is that we offer several effective ways to fight back against the weight gain that can come with menopause. Simply give us a call to get started or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.

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