WEIGH IT UP
Many women in mid-life complain about gaining weight. The menopausal years don’t have to lead to weight gain but you’ll need to work harder to keep the extra kilos at bay.
Why the kilo creep?
Possible reasons include a drop in physical activity, a redistribution of fat as hormone levels change, and an increase in appetite resulting from a fall in oestrogen. This decline can also cause weight to shift from hips to abdomen, giving you an ‘apple shape’ – wider in the middle and slim around the hips, arms and legs. Emotional eating may also play a part – that is, turning to food in response to feelings of stress, boredom, frustration, loneliness or anger – all common emotions at this time
Chances are you have tried more than one fad diet in your lifetime. Fad diets don’t work in the long term and by this age it’s important to say goodbye to them once and for all.
Dr Amanda Sainsbury Salis gave up on fad diets a long time ago and focused instead on the simple concept of eating whatever foods she likes, but only when hungry, stopping when satisfied and
never depriving herself. She lost weight and has kept it off for many years. In her book, The Don’t Go
Hungry Diet, she gives you all the support and information you need to make eating intuitively work for you too – for good.
Salis covers all angles and offers plenty of solutions for common obstacles to shedding those kilos. You can read the first chapter of her book for free on her website: dramandaonline.com.