As we age, we tend to gain
loss at any age can be a challenge, but
weight loss after menopause can be especially difficult. This is
loss of muscle mass becomes much more rapid
menopause. Also, some of the fat consuming efficiency of muscle that
is not lost may decline with the decrease in estrogen production that occurs
Muscle tissue burns calories at a much higher rate than fat; so with less
muscle mass and less efficient muscle mass, after
menopause weight loss is a challenge at best.
The good news is there are ways to meet the challenge and
Loss of muscle mass can be offset with strengthening exercises that
build muscle back. Of course, any exercise will burn calories and help
loss, but resistance training is best for building muscle. Sit-ups,
weight training are among the best exercises for building muscle.
Even short sessions of lifting five to eight pound free weights can help.
If exercise alone doesn’t do the trick, replacing estrogen may help the
body to function a bit more like it did before. There are natural estrogens
in foods such as soy products, as well as supplements that contain natural
estrogens that may help foster overall health as well as help you
menopause. In some cases, estrogen replacement therapy is warranted.
This should be discussed with a medical professional.