Maintaining a healthy weight is challenging for everyone, and keeping weight off gets more difficult the older we get. Hormonal imbalances during perimenopause and menopause can cause your metabolism to slow down and trigger you to gain weight during menopause.
While good nutrition, regular exercise and lifestyle changes play important roles in weight loss, balanced hormones are the key to success in maintaining a healthy weight.
Without keeping your hormones in balance during menopause, weight gain can be almost unavoidable. HRT treatments, combined with our physcian-guided diet, allow you to lose weight while going through menopause. Contact us to meet a physician and get started today.
What Causes Weight Gain During Menopause?
Hormone fluctuations during menopause directly impact appetite, how a woman’s body stores fat, and metabolic rate.
Decreased production of estrogen during menopause causes the body to look for other estrogen sources. One of these alternative sources of estrogen is fat, so the body increases production of fat cells in order to increase its estrogen resources with the end result being weight gain.
Estrogen also plays a role in insulin resistance, which is associated with difficulty losing weight during menopause. Insulin resistance occurs when a woman’s body converts a disproportionate percentage of her caloric intake into fat, and is a harmful effect of estrogen imbalance if not properly dealt with.
Progesterone levels also decrease during menopause. Low levels of progesterone cause water retention and bloating. Testosterone levels decrease as well, resulting in loss of muscle mass, reduction in calories burned, and usually less physical movement.
In the morning we get a big burst of cortisol, the body’s main stress hormone, and then less and less throughout the day. Stress sends us into survival mode, which is when our bodies store the food we eat and begins to hoard fat cells which contain energy. Stress makes our body think that food, or an energy supply isn’t coming soon. Survival mode alters the timing of cortisol production. When cortisol timing changes, the energy in the bloodstream is diverted toward making fat and enlarging current fat cells, to again begin to stock fat cells. With chronic stress, this process happens repeatedly, making one gain weight.
How Can HRT Help You Lose Weight During Menopause?
One of the most effective treatments to combat menopausal weight gain and help women lose weight is our hormone therapy plan. While nutrition, exercise, and healthy lifestyle are all important to maintaining proper weight, it becomes much more difficult when hormones are unbalanced.
Global Life Rejuvenation hormone therapy jump-starts your journey to weight loss by replacing hormones you lack, and balancing those you have. Our treatments for menopausal weight gain are holistic, and we craft customized programs that help patients eat properly, exercise effectively, and maintain healthy lifestyles. Combining fitness, nutrition and hormone replacement therapy creates conditions where weight loss comes naturally.
Is HRT Safe?
It’s important to remember that even though it’s called hormone replacement therapy, we never replace someone’s hormone level to what they had when they were younger. Our process is to give a very small amount of hormones to alleviate symptoms and make people feel better.
HRT for women is completely safe if taken for the right reasons and under the guidance of a regular practitioner. You may have heard of archaic studies saying that HRT increased the risk of heart disease, cancer, or other maladies. These studies were mishandled and were proven false and in many cases, HRT improved cardiovascular health. Global Life Rejuvenation doesn’t want anyone to suffer from unnecessary symptoms of aging when there’s a much better option available.