Hot flashes, mood swings, and trouble sleeping are all classic symptoms of menopause. Another nuisance that most women deal with is stubborn and persistent weight gain. Studies show that 90% of women experience weight gain between the ages of 35 and 55 during perimenopause and menopause, when certain hormone levels decline. For most women perimenopausal weight gain is gradual, averaging about a pound a year. It is caused by hormone fluctuations and imbalances that directly impact appetite, fat storage, and metabolism.
During menopause, estrogen and progesterone levels drop. When normal estrogen production decreases, the body searches for another source in an effort to maintain efficiency, finding it in fat cells. In order to increase estrogen production, your body begins to convert more calories into fat resulting in unwanted weight gain. While progesterone does not directly impact fat storage, lower levels can cause water retention and bloating making clothes tighter, … Read more