We all know it can become incredibly difficult to control our weight during and after menopause. This is partly due to changes in our hormones around this time. As menopause approaches, our hormones often fluctuate wildly, leading to a whole host of problems: irregular periods, hot flashes, mood swings, changes in appetite, an increase in tummy fat and just general weight gain. The most concerning of these issues is an increase in visceral fat. This is the fat that lies deep in your abdominal area and increases your risk for health problems like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
The hard truth is that your diet is going to play a very meaningful role in your ability to lose fat, build muscle and lead a long, healthy life. What I mean by diet here is your total calorie, protein, fat and carbohyrdate intake each day.
And it’s when you finally come to accept this fact of life that you begin to realize that you’re going to need to track your food intake for a very long time in some way to lose weight and maintain that weight loss.