The National Institute of Aging, conducted a study, according to which, the average age a woman experiences her final period and enters menopause is 51 years of age. However this number can vary a lot, which means that some women can enter menopause in their early 40s, while others can enter menopause in their late 50s. As a woman’s estrogen production plummets, weight gain in the midsection may become a big problem. Now according to the Mayo Clinic, this ‘middle-age spread’ doesn’t have to be inevitable.
The Beginning of the Process
At the beginning of this process, in other words, as soon as they enter menopause, some women notice that they are gaining weight and their belly fat is getting bigger. This can approximately range from anywhere in the mid-30s to the mid-50s. A woman’s body slows its estrogen productionduring this transition period. All of this, coupled with the more sedentary lifestyle, can surely lead to an annoying belly fat.
A Three-Prong Approach to Beating Menopausal Belly Fat
Even though every woman’s lifestyle and body is unique, thereare three main strategies that can help you get rid of the belly fat:
- Increasing your exercise
- Ingesting fewer calories
- Drinking adequate amounts of water
Doing these three things, your weight loss, will be guaranteed. However it is very important for you to remember that you cannot ‘spot train’ your body to store fat where you want it. The results of the large-scope study, which was conducted by the National Institutes of Health,showed that the distribution of fat is largely genetic. This means that if your body is hard-wired to store fat on your belly, losing fat overall is the only way to combat it.
Exercise for a Trim Tummy
However the best way to melt fat is aerobic exercise. Even though crunches and sit-ups can tighten the muscles of your abdominal wall, losing the fat covering those muscles, is best accomplished by exercise that gets your heart pumping and your blood flowing. This means that swimming, walking and biking are all great, low-impact options. Activities like kayaking, hiking and rock climbing are magnificent aerobic exercises. Of course, first you should speak to your doctor about your exercise plan before you begin. However the most important things for keeping or regaining your trim stomach for life are: staying well hydrated, participating in aerobic exercise and watching your caloric intake.