Stubborn belly fat
possible reason Menopause
Menopause marks the cessation of menstruation and may result in a range of symptoms including hot flushes, insomnia, vaginal dryness and weight gain. These are caused by your body producing less estrogen, which causes a cascade of hormonal changes.
Most women find their periods come to an end between 40 and 58 years of age, with the average being 51 years. It’s almost impossible to predict how severe or prolonged your symptoms will be. Each of us will experience menopause differently.
Focus on fish to provide healthy omega-3 fats — and whole grains, nuts and vegetables for fibre — to counteract increasing cholesterol levels. The recommended number of serves of dairy foods increases from 2.5 to 4 after menopause in order to provide protein and calcium to help prevent osteoporosis.
Limit / eat less...
You don’t need as many kilojoules after menopause — so start by reducing your portion sizes. Keep treat foods, such as alcohol and biscuits, to a minimum, to help keep your kilojoule intake down. As you will no longer be losing iron when you bleed each month, your iron requirements decrease, meaning that you will no longer need to eat as much meat.