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8 Ways to Drop Fat During Menopause

Let’s cut to the chase… Losing weight is hard. But overcoming the specific challenges thrown in by the menopause makes it seem almost impossible.

When that dreaded ‘M’ word knocks on your door, lets itself in, then sets up camp in your favourite chair, there’s a shift in the body’s hormone production. These hormonal changes are directly responsible for weight gain and a shift from stored fat in the hips and thighs (stored there for childbearing reasons) to storing fat more in your belly. As a double kick in the crotch, this increased belly fat also now increases your risk of heart disease.

Thanks Menopause.

On top of having to fight these hormonal changes, menopause also hits around the same time your metabolism slows down. It happens to all of us as we get older, the amount of food we put in our face at 30 or 40 is now packing too many calories for 50 to 60 year old us. If your diet and eating habits aren’t adjusted, then you will find that you are gaining weight quickly and that weight is harder to evict.

But we’re not done…

The hormone therapy often used to treat menopausal women can also cause weight gain and water weight gain due to bloating and water retention. Ever stood on the scales to find you weigh 5 pounds more than the day before? Yeah, that’s that lovely water weight! Fortunately, this particular weight gain is only temporary and is more easily controlled than fat weight gain.

It may seem all doom and gloom, but it’s not time to hang up your hat yet. I’ve personally taught hundreds of women how to punch the ‘M’ word in the face, and get rocking abs, hot hips, and fabulous thighs well into their 50s, 60s, and beyond.

Age really is just a number.

Menopause may come waltzing into your life like it’s the big ‘I am’, but here’s 8 things you can do to knock it down a few pegs:…

Spotlight Sunday: Sara Travers – “What I learned was that I couldn’t just change one piece of the puzzle… I rearranged ALL the pieces.”

Apparently about three-quarters of women are heavier a year after giving birth. I was part of this statistic.

Back in the heady days before I had my son Arthur I’d been able to eat what I liked, never needing to worry about my weight. This completely changed as soon as he was born, and I had absolutely no idea what to do about it. I tried various forms of exercise, but nothing seemed to keep the weight off.

Over time, with all the pressures of parenthood, but without actually realising it, I gradually stopped doing many forms of exercise altogether. Things I enjoyed and kept me fit, like swimming. It was because I didn’t like the way I looked.

At the age of 3 Arthur started nursery, by which time I’d reached the stage where I just accepted not feeling happy about my size and the way I looked. I dismissed it as “just part of being a mum”.

But despite appearing to be OK about the situation, I wasn’t. I particularly didn’t like the fact that finding clothes to ‘get away with’ wearing was a constant battle in the morning.

Spotlight Sunday – Sarah Church – “I’ve found the strength I didn’t know I had, inside and out! And the best bit is; I’m not finished yet!”

I’ve just returned from spending my Sunday Morning running around a muddy field, rolling under nets, throwing myself over walls and jumping over obstacles… For fun! Just over a year ago that would have been my idea of hell, but here I am with a smile on my face.

For me there was no lightbulb moment or time when I looked at a photo and it dawned on me how out of shape I was. I actually joined PW physique and fitness on a bit of a whim, I had a holiday looming and as usual I was unhappy with how I looked in a bikini. Not any more!

So there I was, going to Vegas in a few weeks and suddenly an advert flashed up on my Facebook feed… “lose up to 10lbs in two weeks” and I thought to myself ‘why not?’ So I signed up and 14 days later I was 7lbs lighter and my confidence was soaring….

Spotlight Sunday – Nicola House! “I have worn a skirt at work for the first time in 15 years, and I am looking forward to hitting the beach this year without worrying how I look!”

Unlike a lot of people my defining moment was not so much the outfits getting tighter or a terrible photo but making a snap decision to sign up to an extreme survival challenge and then realising that A/ I am too stubborn to change my mind and admit defeat and B/ I somehow missed the ‘must be very fit’ in the title.

So I found myself committed both financially and mentally to heading to the Arctic in February 2017 and there I was with something I had been missing previously – a target.

A little about me then – I’m 43, married with 2 tweens and working full-time in London which means I’m usually on a train at 6 something in the morning and not back home until 7 or beyond – not the best mix for a fitness regime or always eating healthily. My weekends are equally manic ferrying children in different directions and catching up with the housework – ‘me time’ has always played second fiddle.

Nicola Before and After

Spotlight Sunday – Kelie Williams! “I cope better with life now and with the kids, my body is healthy and strong and that is reflected in the other parts of me”

Sitting here, typing this, I can’t quite believe what I’ve lost; 20lbs, several inches and the wish to be invisible. More importantly I can’t believe what I’ve gained; strength – of all kinds – a fitness level that allows me to pull off my very best crazy lady dance moves without collapsing and a body that I genuinely never thought I’d see again.

Kelie Before and After

There were several cringe moments that started me on the path back to fitness, but this before photo sums it up in one shot really, I was out with my Mum and beautiful daughter, eating Tapas to celebrate her turning 6 months old and I thought I wasn’t looking too bad that day – I’d made an effort for once, put on a colourful top and scarf and had even found some clean leggings. But looking at the photo I realised not only was I bigger than I’d thought, but I didn’t put make up on anymore and I didn’t know how long my hair was because it only ever got washed and jammed into a Mum bun….

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