Well us ladies are all going to go through it, are going through it, or have been through it......... it's not something I am looking forward to, but how does it affect us with body recomposition or specifically fat loss!
Menopause can affect fat loss for women in several ways. Here are some of the ways:
Hormonal Changes: Menopause is marked by a decline in the production of estrogen and progesterone, which can cause changes in body composition. Estrogen is known to play a role in fat distribution, and its decline can lead to an increase in belly fat.
Slowed Metabolism: As women age, their metabolism naturally slows down. This means that they burn fewer calories at rest, which can make it harder to lose weight.
Decreased Muscle Mass: Aging and hormonal changes can lead to a decrease in muscle mass, which can lower overall metabolic rate and make it harder to lose weight.
Changes in Appetite: Menopause can cause changes in appetite and food cravings, which can lead to overeating and weight gain.
Insulin Resistance: Menopause is also associated with an increased risk of insulin resistance, which can make it harder for the body to use insulin effectively and can lead to weight gain.
To counteract these effects, women going through menopause may need to adjust their diet and exercise routine to support healthy weight loss. This might include increasing their intake of protein to support muscle mass, engaging in resistance training to build muscle and boost metabolism, and reducing their intake of processed and sugary foods to support insulin sensitivity. Unfortunately during this period of change as frustrating as it is, it can also be very difficult to get results in terms of fat loss, so the most important thing is to focus on your general health and overall fitness as we are literally fighting nature, remember it's not all about fat loss it's about getting stronger, fitter and healthier as we get older!
Have a great day!