Perimenopause Information

Supporting women going through all stages
of perimenopause and onwards.

Weight Gain (Slow Metabolism)

There are a number of reasons why you might be putting on weight during perimenopause. Some of the most common reasons include:

  • Fluctuating hormones: During perimenopause, your hormone levels are changing, and this can affect your metabolism. Estrogen, in particular, plays a role in regulating metabolism, so when estrogen levels decline, it can be harder to lose weight.
  • Decreased muscle mass: As you age, you naturally lose muscle mass. This can also make it harder to lose weight, because muscle burns more calories than fat.
  • Changes in appetite: During perimenopause, you may experience changes in appetite, such as feeling hungrier or craving certain foods. These changes can make it harder to control your calorie intake.
  • Stress: Stress can also contribute to weight gain, and it is common to experience more stress during perimenopause.

If you are concerned about weight gain during perimenopause, there are a number of things you can do to help manage it. Some of the most helpful things include:

  • Eat a healthy diet. A healthy diet is one that is low in calories and high in nutrients. This will help you to feel full and satisfied, while also providing your body with the nutrients it needs to function properly.
  • Get regular exercise. Exercise is one of the best ways to increase metabolism. It helps to burn calories, build muscle, and improve overall health. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week.
  • Build muscle mass. Muscle tissue burns more calories than fat tissue, so building muscle can help to boost your metabolism. Strength-training exercises are a great way to build muscle.
  • Manage stress. Stress can lead to weight gain, so it is important to find healthy ways to manage stress. Exercise, meditation, and yoga are all great ways to manage stress.
  • Get enough sleep. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body produces more of the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol can lead to weight gain, so it is important to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
  • Talk to your doctor: Your doctor can help you to understand the reasons for your weight gain and recommend treatment options if needed.
  • Make healthy lifestyle changes: Eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, and managing stress can all help to prevent weight gain or promote weight loss.
  • Consider hormone therapy: Hormone therapy can help to reduce hot flashes, night sweats, and other symptoms of menopause, and it may also help to prevent weight gain. However, hormone therapy is not right for everyone, so it is important to talk to your doctor about whether it is right for you.

It is important to remember that weight gain during perimenopause is a common experience. There are things you can do to help manage it, and your doctor can help you to develop a plan that is right for you.