It strikes without warning. Those two little words strike more fear in women than standing in front of a four-way mirror trying on swimsuits. Such is not the case. Why is belly fat such a big issue after 60, you ask? Great question. For one, the drop of estrogen after menopause shifts the way your body stores fat.
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Belly fat in women: Taking — and keeping — it off - Mayo Clinic
You work out most days of the week and eat healthy meals as much as you can, yet the scale shows you're gaining—not losing—weight, so what gives? Excess weight around your waistline can be the hardest to lose. But before you beat yourself up over not doing enough crunches at the gym, consider this: As we get older, even a slight disruption in our hormone levels can cause stubborn belly fat to stick. In fact, research suggests that postmenopausal women on hormonal replacement therapy have lower levels of belly fat than those that aren't. Before you rush to your doctor to get a prescription for your hormonal belly, there are natural ways to readjust your levels. Reducing sugar intake, eliminating processed foods from your diet, and avoiding things like dairy, alcohol, and caffeine can all help reset your blood sugar and insulin levels. So, how do you know if those love handles are a few extra pounds from bingeing on pizza and wine, or a larger issue?
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Find out how to get rid of it once and for all. Eat wholegrain pasta, brown rice and bread, and note the difference it makes in your digestion as well as how quickly you feel full. Related: Post-menopause diet mistakes you might be making. Even as you go through perimenopause your oestrogen levels are already starting to fall, then after menopause they drop dramatically.
You now need fewer calories than ever just to maintain your body mass, let alone reduce it. The result? You may feel more easily fatigued. Your metabolism starts to slow down, and you lose muscle mass, making it harder to keep fat from piling on. In fact, a year-old man requires about fewer calories a day than a year-old guy of the same weight, calculates Steven Heymsfield, M.