EP181: 4 Ways Perimenopause Makes You Gain Weight

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Hi, I'm Tina!

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.

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In this episode, I dive into a topic that affects many women: perimenopause and weight gain.

Perimenopause, the transitional phase leading to menopause, can bring about various changes in a woman’s body, including shifts in weight.

Here are four ways perimenopause can contribute to weight gain:

  1. Hormonal fluctuations: During perimenopause, hormone levels, particularly estrogen and progesterone, can fluctuate significantly. These hormonal changes can impact metabolism and lead to weight gain, especially around the abdomen.
  2. Slowing metabolism: As women age, their metabolism tends to slow down naturally. However, during perimenopause, this slowdown can become more pronounced. A slower metabolism means the body burns fewer calories, making it easier to gain weight.
  3. Muscle loss: Perimenopause can also result in muscle loss or a decrease in muscle mass. Since muscles are metabolically active tissues, having less muscle can further contribute to a slower metabolism and increased weight gain.
  4. Insulin resistance: Some women may experience insulin resistance during perimenopause. Insulin is a hormone responsible for regulating blood sugar levels. When the body becomes resistant to insulin, it can lead to weight gain, particularly around the midsection.

While weight gain during perimenopause is common, it’s important to remember that it’s not inevitable. By understanding these factors, you can take proactive steps to manage your weight and maintain overall health.

If you’re navigating perimenopause and struggling with weight gain, we invite you to apply for our 1:1 coaching and functional testing program NOW!

Remember, you’re not alone, and there is always hope for achieving optimal health and balance. Let’s embark on this journey together!

DISCLAIMER: The content contained herein is provided for informational and/or entertainment purposes only. Nothing contained in these videos should be construed as providing medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. You should immediately consult with your physician respecting any medical concerns that you may have.

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