Sep 10, 2015

Some Tips On How To Speed Up Metabolism During Menopause


By Daphne Bowen

Menopause is a period that is characterized by many physical and psychological changes. Some of the changes are subtle while others are rather dramatic. An increase in body weight is one of the most frequently reported changes. This change is attributed to the fact that women of the menopausal ages are generally inactive physically compared to younger women. The other perhaps more important factor is the change in estrogen levels. The following are options on how to speed up metabolism during menopause.

The starting point is to try out the conservative options. It should be understood that the metabolic rate is controlled to a great extent by muscular muscle requirement which is in turn related to physical activity. More activity translates to more energy requirement and higher metabolism. Increase your daily activity gradually so that you have at least thirty minutes of intense workout for three days in a week.

Hormone replacement therapy helps to take care of very many other problems other than the disordered metabolism. Estrogen may be given in isolation but more commonly it is administered alongside other synthetic hormones so as to achieve a balance in the resultant effects. The duration of therapy varies from one individual to another depending on the initial symptom severity. Serial tests will routinely be performed by your doctor to determine whether the desired levels have been achieved.

Estrogen has two main effects; increasing the rate of metabolism and influencing the site of fat deposition. In presence of normal hormonal levels, fat deposition takes place mainly in areas around the hip, thighs and buttocks. In its absence, it is mainly deposited around the abdominal region. This type of fat is associated with an increased risk of diabetes, metabolic syndrome and other conditions.

Keeping your weight in check during the menopausal period has many benefits. These include reducing the risk of contracting some communicable diseases such as hypertension and diabetes. Reducing weight helps to lower the levels of cholesterol which in turn reduces the risk of suffering stroke and heart disease. Other diseases whose risk may be reduced include kidney stones, diverticular disease and colon cancer.

Getting enough sleep will greatly influence your metabolic rate. Contrary to what many people believe, staying awake for long hours does not increase the rate. The reverse is in fact true. There is close to 5% reduction in the rate for every night of sleep missed. At the same time, studies have shown that with better metabolism, sleep us improved. The target should be seven to eight hours of sleep per day.

Dietary modification will most certainly be required. Since different foods have different levels of calories, the metabolic rates will also be different. The idea is to have a metabolic rate that is sustained over a long period of time. In this regard, having small frequent meals will be more helpful. Large fewer meals may cause sudden drops in glucose and release of cortisol hormone. The hormone breaks down muscle and reduces the basal metabolic rate.

As we advance in age, our metabolic rate is bound to slow down. This effect is most pronounced among women undergoing menopause as a result of hormonal changes associated with the period. Undertaking lifestyle changes is one of the interventions that can be undertaken. Hormonal replacement therapy is also beneficial and involves the use of synthetic estrogen and progesterone levels.

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