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The HCG Diet for Menopause Weight Gain

The HCG Diet for Menopause Weight Gain
During menopause women have a significant risk of weight gain as a result of many factors. Several women have had success with losing the additional weight that can come with menopause by using the HCG diet. There are several potential reasons why weight gain can occur during menopause including reduced exercise levels, lower muscle mass, and other factors [1].

In general, it gets more difficult to lose weight as you age, although it has more to do with your diet and lifestyle than anything else. You can offset the hormonal changes that lead to weight gain by trying the HCG diet for menopause weight gain, and many dieters who have experienced menopausal weight gain have had tremendous results with the HCG diet.

Reduced estrogen levels can lead to weight gain

During menopause, estrogen levels begin to decline, and for some women the decline is dramatic. The decline in menopause production can start from around the age of 45 to 55, and every woman has a different rate of decline. Reduced levels of estradiol cause fat cells to become larger which leads to weight gain.

The same effect occurs as a result of the progesterone decline associated with menopause. Women who have gained weight after menopause should meet with a medical provider to determine whether or not estrogen replacement therapy or other form of hormone replacement therapy is a good option for them.

The HCG diet is effective at combating weight gain as a result of declined estrogen production. Patients who are in menopause almost always experience significant weight loss with the diet, because the combined fat burning effect of HCG along with the calorie restricting is highly effective for weight loss.

The lower estrogen levels experienced during menopause do not affect the ability of the HCG diet to result in weight loss. The diet may help to restore hormone abnormalities because it only allows a strict list of carefully selected whole foods while avoiding processed foods that can cause hormone fluctuations. HCG can even raise estrogen levels slightly, which can be beneficial for the patient. It is important to note that anyone who is interested in the diet should always meet with a medical provider to get a clearance before starting the diet.

You need to reduce your caloric intake to lose weight during menopause

When you hit natural menopause, you may need to reduce your daily calorie intake by a little in order to maintain your current weight, according to Mayo Clinic [2]. That is one reason why diets like the HCG diet are so effective for women in menopause; the calorie restriction is necessary in order to lose weight, and once you reach menopause your calorie needs start to decrease anyway.

If you continue to eat a similar number of calories as you ate during your 30s and early 40s, you may notice that you are gaining weight when you never gained weight in the past.

You will gain weight during menopause when you consume the same amount of calories as you did when you were younger because your metabolism can start to slow down. As previously mentioned, you also may not be as active as you used to be, which can also make it easier to put on weight and harder to lose it.

The HCG diet  works perfectly for women in menopause because it doesn't require any exercise at all, so you can continue with your regular lifestyle without having to take time out of your day to travel to the gym and exercise. If you follow the requirements of the diet successfully, and avoid the forbidden foods and stick to the allowed foods and follow the daily calorie requirements, you will see real and fast results on the HCG diet and you can quickly lose any weight that you've put on during menopause.

It's important to lose weight after menopause

It's extremely important to maintain a healthy weight after menopause starts because weight gain during this stage in your life is more dangerous than ever [2]. When you gain weight after menopause you increase your risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

Although changing your diet and exercising can certainly help to maintain a healthy weight, once your reach menopause it can be much more difficult to get weight loss results just through exercising. This doesn't mean that you should avoid exercise; you should stay as active as you can, and try to get at least 150 minutes of vigorous exercise per week [2].

The HCG diet is effective because it offers you the social support and medical supervision (with the proper diet) that can help you lose weight quickly. You don't want to carry around excess weight for too long because the longer that you are overweight or obese, the greater the likelihood of developing a chronic illness like cancer, diabetes or heart disease.

The HCG diet is an effective option because it can reduce your weight up to 15 to 40 pounds or even more on the three or six week diet, and it's designed to be easy to follow and to produce fast and real results, no matter how much weight that you have gained or how difficult it has been for you to lose weight.

Continue to exercise, look into HRT, and consider the HCG diet

As many HCG diet patients will attest, the diet is highly effective no matter what stage of life that you are in, and it can give you amazing results when you haven't had much success.

Losing weight during menopause can be difficult, but with the HCG diet it doesn't have to be, and you can get incredible results in just a matter of weeks. You should continue to exercise during menopause as much as you can along with maintaining a healthy diet, and you should consider hormone replacement therapy if your medical provider suggests it.

But, if you haven't had good results with dieting and exercise, it may be a good idea to consider a round of the HCG diet, as it is very likely to work for you even if you've had trouble losing weight recently. For more information about the HCG diet or to speak with a medical provider now, click here to contact Nu Image Medical.


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Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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