Keeping Off the Weight May Be Harder After Menopause

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You did the hard, sometimes painful, work to get to your ideal weight, but staying at that weight is a whole other story. According to a recently published study, that battle may be even tougher if you’re postmenopausal.

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Health and Physical Activity found that women use less energy after they’ve gone through menopause. That means that the weight loss strategies they followed when they were younger might not be effective anymore.

There are actually several factors at play that may make keeping the weight off more difficult for postmenopausal women. “Not only does motivation decrease after you start losing weight, there are physiological changes, including a decreased resting metabolic rate,” says lead researcher on the study Bethany Barone Gibbs, PhD. “Appetite-related hormones increase. Researchers studying the brain are now finding that you have enhanced rewards and increased motivation to eat when you’ve lost weight.”

If you’re struggling with keeping the weight off, your best bet is to consult with a doctor and a nutritionist to come up with a plan that will work for you.

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