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How to Lose Your 'Menopause Belly'

Nutritionist Shares 6 Tricks for Women to Lose Their 'Menopause Belly'*
Story by Magdalena Mercy 

If you are a woman who has been experiencing menopause, then you are more than familiar with this frustrating scenario. 

It's quite common for women undergoing the process of menopause to lose muscle tone in their abdomens and have it replaced by fatty tissue, according to the University of Chicago. Understandably, this can cause poor body image and anxiety. If this is something you are experiencing, then Sarah Law is your gal. 

Sarah Law is a nutritionist who is all about helping older women age healthily and gracefully. In this video, she tackles a topic that a lot of people avoid: menopause. While it's sometimes quite the taboo topic, it shouldn't be!

If you've been experiencing fat gain in your abdomen and you are interested in looking to lose it, then this video is for you. Remember though that this weight gain is completely normal! Due to the decreasing hormone levels during menopause, the fat distribution in our bodies changes, often leaving women with more fat in their belly area.

Sarah has six suggestions for you if you're wanting to try tightening up this area.

1. The first one is gaining muscle. Since gaining muscle is so energy intensive, Sarah says, your metabolism stays high, burning more calories as you rest. 

2. The second suggestion is to balance your blood sugar. As estrogen declines, we become more sensitive to insulin and we can end up with more sugar in our bloodstream. Our bodies, out of protection, transform that sugar into fat.

3. Thirdly, you need to eat enough protein. This will help you with suggestions one and two, helping you gain muscle and balance your blood sugar.

4. Fourth, make sure you're eating an anti-inflammatory diet. Inflammatory foods can cause weight loss resistance.

5. Fifth, make sure to look after your gut and liver health. Your hormones are massively ruled by the state of your gut and your liver, Sarah says, so it's important to make sure that these are working well and feeling good. 

6. Last but not least, make sure to manage your stress levels as best you can. Menopause and decreasing estrogen can raise your cortisol levels, which can cause storage of weight around your midsection. 

At the end of the day, make sure you are conscious of what is going into your body and how you are moving your body! As long as you are taking good care of yourself, you will be just fine. 

*Nutritionist Shares 6 Tricks for Women to Lose Their 'Menopause Belly'
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