How Can Nutritional Therapy Help With Menopausal Weight Gain?
Belly fat, lack of sleep, hot flushes, shifting moods, and maybe also aching joints, can leave you feeling exhausted and anxious. But if you do nothing differently, and even if you didn’t gain an ounce, you’d end up with less muscle and more fat. Worse still, during peri-menopause, many women feel bloated and uncomfortable, and the things that we may have done in the past, like exercise or dieting, no longer work.
I remember going through the menopause transition. My hair and skin felt dry, I’d lost my radiance and I felt down about myself.
“Is it all downhill from here on out? Are my best years behind me? Would I ever feel good about myself and my body again?”
“Eat less and exercise more” wasn’t cutting it, and I began to realise that much of the advice out there was outdated and also targeted at the younger woman. Not only that, did you know that most of the research is also carried out on male participants? No wonder nothing worked.
During menopause, your body goes through a whole range of changes, starting with the obvious – the reduction in your female hormones, oestrogen and progesterone. That’s why a linear, one size fits all approach does not work. Because you’re different to your best friend, whether it’s your body, your hormones, your mindset, your lifestyle and your history.
What many women do, because they don’t understand this, is a band-aid approach, trying to tackle one thing at a time or throwing things in a scatter-gun way. Instead, what you need is a systematic, multi-faceted approach to uncovering what’s going on inside of your body, and that’s specific to menopause.
Which issues are affecting you?
- Oestrogen dominance
- Poor quality sleep
- Stressful lifestyle
- Imbalanced blood sugar and insulin levels
- Elevated cortisol
- Thyroid imbalances
- Nutrient shortfalls
- Hidden inflammation
- Compromised liver and/or gut health
- Over- or under-exercise/the wrong kind of exercise
- Imbalanced emotional health
You need first to understand what’s going on inside your own body. Then, by drilling down to the potential root causes of your symptoms and weight gain, you can take back control of your health and feel good in your body again.
This is exactly what I do inside of my nutritional therapy consultations. I’ll go through your history in detail and look at your diet and lifestyle as a whole. I might also recommend certain functional laboratory tests to gain insight into those areas that may be contributing to your symptoms, such as how your body is detoxifying your oestrogen, your thyroid, adrenal or liver function, or a stool test to ascertain your gut health. Once your test results are returned (if relevant), we will gain a deeper understanding on what imbalances may be present and adjust your plan as needed.
By giving your body what it needs to adapt to its new hormonal milieu, you can take back control of your weight, as well as other physical and emotional symptoms of menopause, and feel good in your body again.
Read about how I work with clients here.