We place a lot of power within our hormones and menstrual cycle, we know it affects our hormones, cravings and weight each month. Whilst this is 100% true, what we don’t consider is what then happens when we hit menopause.
I work with many women who are going through menopause and one of the most common statements I hear is: “I cannot shift my weight, no matter what I do.”
We have been taught to push harder when our body fights back. Hit a weight plateau? Drop your calories and exercise even more. Except this strategy doesn’t work for most women, instead as we push harder, our body gets out the big guns, and stores body fat like a mofo!!
This often leaves my clients confused and pissed off, and I don’t blame them, or you for being pissed off.
Just don’t blame your body, you see your body has changed, and it’s responding to your low calorie diet in the only way it knows how, by ensuring that it has enough fat stores to stay alive.
Dropping your calories and over exercising is a stressor on your body, and your body doesn’t like stress, and it likes it even less when you hit menopause.
Menopause and Hormones
When we go through menopause levels of both hormones oestrogen and progesterone drop, but we tend to become oestrogen dominant. We find that all of a sudden fat is being stored no matter how hard we work and it’s even more stubborn. This is due to your hormonal changes and you become more stress reactive, so whilst you may not feel stressed, your body is becoming more stress reactive.
Menopause and Carbs
As you’ll see in this video I discuss carbohydrates and menopause in detail. It’s important to understand that I’m not telling you to cut out all carbs, what I am explaining is that if you want to feel more comfortable and confident in your body as you get older, carbohydrate is critical.
We are all unique and the amount of carbohydrates each of us need to eat varies, some people crave carbs, some don’t. For some carbohydrates trigger cravings, for others they are a buffer – it’s about finding the balance which works for you.
Due to the hormonal changes in your body, your tolerance to carbohydrate often changes and you may be unable to tolerate as many carbs each day.
For many women the idea of reducing their carbohydrate intake feels restrictive and miserable, it feels like a diet rule and therefore we rebel against the idea. This is not about extremes, it’s about making steady progress and I encourage clients to increase the fibre, protein and water in their diet first.
So what’s the ideal scenario?
Once you find a carb tolerance which keeps you full, energized, minimizes cravings and helps to stabilize your weight – then stay there! When we find something which works we often like to then change it, and find the next thing which works.
You do not need to change the strategy which works for you, but continually starting over isn’t the same as it working. You should be able to get the results you want and then live with purpose and passion. No more dieting.
If you are ready to quit the dieting game then you and I need to connect – this is my mission “Less Dieting, More Living” so grab yourself a seat on my Lose.Live.Learn insiders list and let’s get started TODAY! Yes,I want in!