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Weight gain and the menopause

Menopause can cause you to gain weight. Find out why this is and what you can do about it

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Menopause Support can provide support to the body through all stages of the Menopause but is especially useful when broad range of symptoms such as hot flushes, irritability, tiredness, pains and aches, vaginal dryness etc kick in.

  • Made from fermented soya beans
  • Support for all stages of the menopause
  • Also contains magnesium and hibiscus

A herbal dietary supplement containing soy isoflavones, magnesium and hibiscus extract for all stages of the menopause.

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  • Carol Hush's photo avatar
    Carol Hush — 07.07.2017 22:55
    My weight gain and craving for sweet food is getting me down. I am walking kilometres every day with my young dog, low energy and mood. Usually at this time of year I have endless energy but not this summer :-(


    • Eileen's photo avatar
      Eileen — 10.07.2017 17:03
      Hello Carol, Weight gain and low energy are common symptoms in the menopause, as the hormonal shift is so demanding on the body. You may find books on the Low GL Diet or the Paleo Diet or the SIRT Diet helpful. For sweet cravings check out a Chromium supplement from a health food shop near you and a magnesium supplement can help your symptoms too.


  • Helen's photo avatar
    Helen — 03.07.2017 14:10
    Hi my weight gain is really getting me down I eat healthy and exercise twice a week plus walk my dog everyday and work 12 hr shifts


    • eileen's photo avatar
      eileen — 04.07.2017 09:35
      Hi Helen Unfortunately, the usual methods of dieting such as going on a low fat, calorie counting diet and doing lots of exercise doesn't work in the menopause and can often cause weight gain instead! In the menopause your nervous system (adrenals) are brought into play and will cause almost constant ‘flight or fight’ responses. So if you cut calories and go low fat the body thinks there is a famine and will slow down your metabolism. The same with exercise, the more you do the more the body thinks it is losing energy reserves so it will store as much food as it can as fat! If you add in 12 hour shifts of work this will stress the nervous system even further. The secret in the menopause is to eat enough calories for your intended weight needs, cut carbs but increase good fats and protein, this fools the body into thinking there is plenty so will keep your metabolism running well. Exercise needs to be hard and swift, if you are fit enough, such as HIIT, to fool the body into thinking there is no energy loss threat. It is very hard, when you get to the menopause, having to rethink how you manage your weight as we have been almost brainwashed into thinking low calorie, low fat diets with lots of exercise will help! You may find books on the Low GL Diet or the Paleo Diet or the SIRT Diet helpful.


  • julie williams's photo avatar
    julie williams — 21.06.2017 21:33
    would like to try this


Menopause support – Soy Isoflavones for all stages of the menopause

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Did you know?

You won’t get the menopause the minute you turn 50! The average starting age is actually between 45 and 55 and it can often depend on a number of factors including hereditary, weight and health, however every single woman will have an individual menopause.

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