Why Does Menopause Make it so Hard to Lose Weight?

Many women in their mid-to-late 40s will start to see the first signs that their body may be changing shape. Maybe you have noticed too. You haven’t made any significant changes to your diet or exercise routine, but you have started to gain a few pounds or have noticed some extra curves here or there.

Towards the mid-to-late 40s, most women will enter the stage known as perimenopause, the years in which the body begins the transition to menopause. The changes that begin during perimenopause will continue even after menopause, when ovulation and menstruation cease completely.

During perimenopause and after menopause, hormone changes cause many women’s bodies to start collecting extra weight around the middle of the body, in a pattern known as android fat distribution. This causes adipose tissue, or fat, to be distributed mainly around the buttocks and upper body, in areas such as the abdomen, chest, shoulder and nape of the neck. Understanding why weight gain occurs during menopause can help women learn how to better manage their weight to protect their future health.

There are many factors that can affect weight gain during menopause including loss of muscle mass, inadequate sleep, increased insulin resistance which happens with age, and perhaps the one that plays the largest roll, fluctuating estrogen levels.

Hormone weight loss

Hormone weight loss

Could hormone therapy help you lose weight?

Absolutely! Dr. Berman offers many bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) treatment options that can help you to balance your hormones with the added benefit of losing the menopausal weight gain. Other benefits of BHRT include alleviating hot flashes and night sweats, mood swings, memory loss or “brain fog”, increased interest in sex, less pain during intercourse, improved sleep, more energy, less vaginal dryness, increase in lean muscle mass.

What is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT)?

Bioidentical hormones are derived from plants and can be used to optimize and restore hormone balance during perimenopause, menopause and post menopause. Hormone replacement therapy is implemented to offset the symptoms that occur during these times. While estrogen and progesterone are the most commonly replaced hormones in women, other hormones including thyroid, DHEA, and testosterone may also be included in your treatment depending on your symptoms, levels, and individual needs. Dr. Berman will assess and make an effort to individually tailor HRT to meet each woman’s specific needs.

What is to be expected when you start treatment?

Everyone is different, so you can expect your hormone therapy to be customized to address your specific, individual needs and goals. During your initial one-on-one consultation, a comprehensive evaluation will establish the optimum baseline levels for your hormones and identify deficiencies. Dr. Berman will evaluate your current condition and medical history to develop an individualized treatment plan that will function to optimize your health and decrease negative symptoms. Your progress will be monitored regularly, and any adjustments will be made as necessary to ensure that you feel your very best.

An exciting and innovative BHRT treatment option!

Dr. Berman is proud to offer BioTE pellet therapy for BHRT. The method uses convenient pellet therapy based on each patient’s customized plan. The insertion of the pellet is done non-surgically just beneath the skin. After insertion, the pellets will release the bioidentical hormones continuously for three to six months as the pellet is absorbed into the body. BioTE is a very convenient way to receive BHRT. Most patients are able to receive as few as three pellet insertions per year. It is a safe, natural, and effective way to make the hormones available to your body when it needs it without worrying about shots or taking pills every day. BioTE pellet therapy also helps to prevent the rollercoaster effect that can come when taking BHRT in other forms such as oral and topical.

Dr. Berman can help you to establish the best BHRT treatment option for you. To get started with an evaluation, feel free to contact the office today!

In addition to hormone therapy, many women find the following to be helpful tools to fighting menopausal weight gain:

  • Get a great night’s sleep- getting high quality sleep becomes more difficult during menopause. When you are overly tired, you can tend to feel hungrier, eat more, and put on more weight. Try to go to sleep and wake up around the same time every day and practice other good sleep habits such as shutting off screens an hour before bedtime.
  • Reduce stress- we have all heard it before, but it bears repeating, excessive stress will lead to excess weight. Meditation, exercise, and therapy are all great stress reducers.
  • Create a calorie deficit- it is simple math, when you are eating less and moving more, you will lose weight. Extremely low-calorie diets are not usually sustainable in the long term but low carb, Mediterranean, or vegetarian diets are all great, healthy options.
  • Work those muscles- in order to combat losing lean muscle mass that can happen during menopause, consider adding strength-building exercises and cardiovascular exercises to your routine.

If you would like to begin your menopausal weight loss journey with Dr. Berman and seek out the right bioidentical hormone treatment option for you, feel free to call today at (310) 772-0072.

*Female Urologist Dr. Jennifer Berman has written information about Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy that has been carefully reviewed.

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