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Menopause and Weight Gain

Why do women put on weight when they get to their menopause years?

There are many reasons but one of them is to do with the drop in oestrogen levels.

Oestrogen is produce in women in the ovaries until menopause.
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Oestrodial is the strongest and the main source of oestrogen until menopause, and then the body switches to oestrone as its source.

Oestrone is produced in the adrenal glands and the fat cells.

The body will produce more fat cells to produce more oestrone…

…and will protect these fat cells so it can keep producing more oestrone. 

One way to overcome this is to gain lean muscle tissue to keep the metabolism fired up. This means resistance training.

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Resistance training will help to keep using up your glycogen stores in your muscles so when you eat you don’t lay down fat.

 

 

…as long as you don’t tuck into pizza and chips afterwards of course :0)

 

What’s Your Stress Perspective?

In a potentially stressful situation...how you view things can help you manage stress.

Once you learn how to deal better with stressful situations you will find your health and outlook on life considerably improve.

When you think of stress what do you think of?

Possibly getting uptight when external issues are getting to you such as...

  • your boss giving you even more work to do
  • or getting stuck in traffic which means you may miss your train...
  • or just too much to do in your life!!

Stress is caused by the mind or body not coping with life's challenges.

How you view a situation and how you respond to it is in your own hands...your individual perception of whether it is stressful or not.

Let’s take one of the examples above...

You are due to catch a train but you are stuck in traffic, real bad traffic due to a lorry dumping it’s load and causing a total blockage in the road. So you will miss the train.

There is nothing you can do about it...you’re stuck!

You may be sitting in your car listening to the traffic reports and getting more and more stressed and irate.

Or you may put some calming music on and think ‘so I’ll get the next train’. Yes it’s inconvenient, yes it may cost you the price of another train ticket, yes you may have to delay or postpone a meeting. But how is getting stressed going to help your situation? It won’t.

In fact it will make things worse

...you may need the loo...quickly...but where???

...you may start making decisions about the meeting, the train, the journey which are wrong because you’re unable to think clearly

...you could have a heart attack!!!

 all systems of the body are effected by stress including muscular, respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine (hormones), Digestive, nervous and reproductive systems

If we put ourselves through constant stress the body never has time to recover and over time this can lead to many health issues. Here are a few that I have come across with my clients:

  • Migraines from constant muscle tension around the neck and shoulders
  • Irritable bowel syndrome causing digestive problems
  • Weight gain or loss due to digestion problems and emotional eating
  • Hormonal problems due to constant high cortisol levels creating hormone imbalances
  • Tiredness from adrenal fatigue and lack of sleep

And worse

  • High blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes

External stress is a state of mind of how you deal with a situation.

Think to yourself...what’s the worse thing that can happen? I use this question a lot and it really keeps me from getting on the stress train! Try it.

Obviously there are other stress reduction techniques such as time management, planning ahead and making lifestyle changes that will also help with stress.

What about internal stress then?

These are things for another blog. Too much information can be stressful.

Let’s just concentrate on our stress perspective for the time being.

Remember...

small manageable steps to fantastic health and wellness

 

Pedal to Lose weight and Getfit2…

I spent a very wet day Friday cycle coaching. If you’re dressed for the weather then it’s not so bad really. I was warm, and I was mainly dry. 

So different to Wednesday when I also spent the day cycling but this time is was mountain biking – pushing myself out of my comfort zone.

Cycling is a fantastic way to keep fit» Read more

Portions the size of your fist…not your head!

When you eat a jacket potato how big is it?

Probably about the size of your fist?

To get the right amount of carbohydrates in each of your meals the size of your fist is a good guide to use…that’s your fist and not anyone else’s :0)

This is also a good guide to think about when you are making your oven chips or potato wedges… » Read more

Are you getting ready to Escape the Gym, lose weight and feel great?

So this week is the preparation week to get your mind, your body… and your kitchen cupboards ready for the start which is Monday 20 January 2014. weight loss getfit2.co.uk

Read on to get some tips before starting any plan … » Read more

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