Many men and women experience increased weight gain throughout midlife and before, during and after menopause.
But let’s face it, it’s not just our physical body that shifts throughout this time, we are also transitioning spiritually, mentally and emotionally. How we approach midlife will determine whether we will we be healthy, happy and empowered.
But, let’s talk some facts here; I’m going to share a few big myths I want the world to know !
1. Hormones are not the only issue!
The hormonal changes of menopause and midlife can mean it’s more likely to gain weight around your abdomen, this is true. But hormonal changes alone don’t necessarily cause midlife or menopausal weight gain. These gains are usually related to lifestyle factors that don’t accommodate for natural changes in our bodies as we age.
For example, muscle mass typically diminishes with age, while fat increases. This tends to snowball and almost reach a tipping point during our 40’s and 50’s unless we actively exercise. Loss of muscle means we may appear less toned and things ‘spread’ as our body grows in all the wrong places. If you continue to eat as you always have and don’t increase your physical activity, you’re likely to notice these unwanted changes during midlife and/or menopause.
2: Don’t Over-Exercise if You Want to Lose Weight!
You might be surprised to discover I DON’T advocate too much exercise as this creates inflammation in the body! For maximum weight loss, try to do gentle cardio and bursts of intense Pilates exercise for no longer than 7-15 minutes daily…see my 7-minute Pilates FatBurning sequences!
3: Stop Counting Calories!
To offset the changes in our body as ageing kicks in, we need to increase the nutrient density of what we eat. The calorie myth, that all calories are created equal, prevents us from feeding the body key nutrients that are essential for a healthy metabolism. Ultra-processed foods and sugars will become fat magnets for your waist so we must address the accumulative effect that this type of food has on our body over 40 plus years. The only answer to longevity and health is a return to natural whole paleo keto based eating!
4: Avoid mainstream advice; it’s killing us!
After 3 decades of food and nutrition research, I discovered that calories and exercise are not critical factors for midlife or menopausal weight loss, or weight maintenance, and it’s time for a paradigm shift! This all begins with the acknowledgement of a basic fact; our modern diet is killing us!
As a middle-aged woman, if I followed the food pyramid I would need 6 servings of grains a day. By eating just half that amount I would be 20 pounds overweight by the end of the year
So even doing the ‘right thing’ doesn’t make you vibrantly healthy and may actually be contributing to one of the biggest health crisis for middle-aged men and women – metabolic syndrome.
Our high-carb/low-fat diets have created a major global epidemic of carb sensitivity leading to insulin resistance, diabetes, weight gain, heart disease and cancer. Midlife syndrome is a cluster of symptoms that lead to premature ageing, diabetes and the number one cause of death/heart disease
There is hope and you CAN begin to turn this around within only a few short days!
Did you know we have an amazing natural tool that can transform our health within days called Paleo Keto? This is where we metabolically adapt from burning glucose as fuel to burning fat. This occurs once we cut ultra-processed foods, sugars and grains from our diet and move back toward traditional diets rich in delicious healthy fats, low glycemic fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds and fish.
Increasing evidence shows that Paleo Keto is not only a safe and natural state of being, it can reverse chronic diseases, diabetes, obesity and even cancers. It’s also been shown to dramatically benefit brain health including serious neurological illness, all while helping you lose weight
It is also the answer to beating midlife and menopausal weight gain and works in the real world, shopping at supermarkets, eating out and living a full and vibrant life. I know because it is how I eat!
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