I went to my Homeopath this morning to try and get some help with my menapause symptoms. ( I have been practicing Homeopathic medicine for over 20 years...it works for me...I am a believer.) I have a lot of information now, I have a plan now...I think I might survive :) For me, information and planning are necessary for success. I did some reading on line this afternoon and found this information helpful, ( and not surprising.) I am posting it here to help me remember...
There's no magic formula for preventing — or reversing — weight gain after menopause Simply stick to weight-control basics:
■Move more. Aerobic activity can help you shed excess pounds or simply maintain a healthy weight. Strength training counts, too. As you gain muscle, your body burns calories more efficiently — which makes it easier to control your weight. As a general goal, include at least 30 minutes of physical activity in your daily routine and do strength training exercises at least twice a week. If you want to lose weight or meet specific fitness goals, you may need to increase your activity even more.
■Eat less. To maintain your current weight — let alone lose excess pounds — you may need about 200 fewer calories a day during your 50s than you did during your 30s and 40s. To reduce calories without skimping on nutrition, pay attention to what you're eating and drinking. Choose more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Opt for lean sources of protein. Don't skip meals, which may lead you to overeat later.
■Seek support. Surround yourself with friends and loved ones who'll support your efforts to eat a healthy diet and increase your physical activity. Better yet, team up and make the lifestyle changes together.