Weight Gain and Menopause

Posted on by Paula Gallagher

"I am going through menopause and I can't seem to lose the weight, what can I take?" We hear this question a lot, and most of us would like to hand over a magic pill that would shed those extra pounds, but this pill doesn't exist, although certain infomercials would have you believe otherwise. Diet, exercise, genetics and hormones all play roles in weight control. Two of these four can be easily remedied for most people. Do you remember the study that came out in March that showed that women in their 40's need to ante up on exercise? Basically, women nearing menopause and into menopause need to work out at least 1 hour per day to maintain weight. So think about how much you are really exercising and take that into consideration. Debi had a great blog yesterday about weight loss, and there are great tips to help with your goals. But what if you have tried diet and exercise, and you are still unable to nudge those pounds off your hips. Well, Margo, a Master Herbalist and Certified Nutritional Consultant, offered the following solutions to the questions of weight loss, menopause and cravings: "We have products that can help with appetite control, hormone balance, and ones that can help support metabolism. Through Village Green, we also have test kits that you can have to determine your hormone status, neurotransmitters levels, and stress levels. These tests can be helpful in getting to the root cause. "As far as controlling food cravings, perhaps try a blood sugar balancing formula, such as Pathway Blood Sugar Support. I suggest taking 1 capsule with each meal. Or, you can simply try chromium - 1 tablet with each meal. It can also be helpful to include more protein, healthy fats, and fiber in and between meals to support blood sugar balance." The test kits are wonderful tools that use saliva to determine your hormone status. They can test estrogen, testosterone, cortisol and thyroid hormone and the results are sent to the pharmacy where someone will go over the meaning of all the values. Hormones play a role in weight management, and if you have tried everything and still are having difficulty, this may give you some insight as to why. For more information on these test kits, contact contact us.