During the menopause transition, women gain approximately a pound a year, though some may gain more or less. In addition, existing body fat can shift from the hips to the abdomen. About 30% of women in their fifties are overweight. Many people may see weight gain as an inevitable part of aging and menopause, but in fact, it can be prevented.

Several studies over the past decade have recorded the effects of obesity on the menopause transition. Overweight women are more likely to experience more severe menopause symptoms, including:

  • Irregular periods
  • Hot flashes
  • Sleep problems
  • Joint pain
  • Urinary incontinence

What Causes Weight Gain during Menopause?

Changes in weight are closely linked to fluctuations in hormone levels during the menopause transition. Because the hormone estrogen regulates the distribution of fat in the body, an imbalance in estrogen levels can cause fat to move from the hip area up to the abdomen, resulting in a shift from a “pear” body shape to an “apple” shape. High testosterone levels also influence the accumulation of midsection fat. In addition, lower estrogen levels can increase appetite while reducing energy levels.

While hormonal imbalance is the main cause of weight gain during menopause, aging also plays a role. With age, metabolism slows down, meaning that women must consume fewer calories than before to maintain the same weight. As women get older and have busier schedules, they often have less time to exercise and get a good night’s sleep. Muscle mass also deteriorates at the rate of about half a pound a year if weight-bearing exercises are not practiced regularly.

What Are the Risks of Weight Gain?

All people tend to gain a small amount of weight after their teenage years, and women going through the menopause transition are at an even greater risk. Being overweight increases the chances of developing serious health conditions, such as:

  • Heart disease and stroke
  • Insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes
  • Breast cancer
  • Gallstones
  • Sleep apnea
  • Cataracts
  • Osteoporosis

How Macafem Assists in Weight Loss

Macafem can help women maintain a healthy weight by balancing hormone levels naturally and increasing energy levels. This can assist with those hard-to-lose pounds that appear after the onset of the menopause transition.

Macafem is a 100%-natural supplement that contains alkaloids and other nutrients that benefit the hormonal glands. These alkaloids nourish the hormonal glands, prompting them to produce hormones at balanced levels that the body needs to function optimally. Macafem does not contain plant-based or synthetic estrogen.

While Macafem can balance hormone levels, a healthy diet and regular exercise are also necessary to lose weight during menopause. Macafem is a complement to a healthy lifestyle that can get the ball rolling.

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Weight Loss FAQs

1. How much weight gain is normal?

Women typically gain one pound per year of their menopause transition. However, it is still important to maintain a healthy weight throughout middle age. While it is natural to put on some pounds during this time, weight gain is not inevitable.

2. Does sleep affect weight?

Yes, sleep can have an effect on weight. In the Nurses’ Health Study, women who slept five hours or fewer a night had a 15% higher risk of becoming overweight or obese. This could be related to tiredness that infringes on exercise, as well as a shortage of sleep interfering with hormones that regulate appetite.

3. How can I lose weight fast?

Unfortunately, there is no miracle pill or method when it comes to losing weight. A healthy, portion-controlled diet and regular aerobic exercise are both integral to losing weight in a healthy way. Exercise routines and diet can be tailored to fit personal preferences and needs.

4. Why are some people more likely to gain weight than others?

Even if two people live identical lifestyles in terms of diet and physical activity, some people are more likely to gain weight than others. This is because genetics also play a role in how likely the body is to store fat and where. However, a genetic predisposition to midsection fat does not mean that weight gain is unavoidable.

5. How should Macafem be taken to assist in weight loss?

The dosage of Macafem can be adjusted to suit each individual woman. Most women take three capsules a day with a healthy breakfast.

Other Symptoms of Menopause

Weight gain during menopause and other symptoms are directly related to hormonal imbalance. While the majority of women gain some weight during this transition, the amount is highly variable, and it can be lost again.

Macafem can naturally relieve the following symptoms: