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Menopause and Weight Gain Simplified | Women's Health

Menopause encourages weight gain, and it can start as early as your 30’s. In this video, Dr. Becky explains how changes in your hormones encourage weight gain in your lower body when you’re in your thirties and forties. And, how those same hormones cause weight gain in the belly in your fifties and beyond.

Hormones and Weight Gain:
Progesterone is a hormone that is primarily produced by your ovaries after ovulation.
Estrogen is produced by your ovaries all month long, but can also be produced by your fat cells.

You can enter early perimenopause in your 30’s. In this stage, it’s not unusual to skip ovulation a few times a year. The missed ovulation means there is less progesterone produced, which leads to a condition called estrogen dominance. A symptom of estrogen dominance is weight gain in the hips and thighs.

Menopause and Belly Fat
As you age, your period becomes increasingly irregular, and then stops when you reach menopause. At and beyond menopause, both estrogen and progesterone are low. Your body tries to get more estrogen from your fat cells by encouraging fat production. Metabolic shifts caused by the low estrogen levels, shift your fat storage from your lower body to your belly, resulting in the menopausal belly fat that is a problem for many post-menopausal women.

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Disclaimer: Dr. Becky Gillaspy received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1991. Her use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to herself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Gillaspy was a licensed chiropractor in Pennsylvania, but she no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Gillaspy and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Dr Becky Fitness LLC and Dr. Rebecca Gillaspy, D.C. are not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or any conclusions drawn, services or product you obtain through this video or site.


7 thoughts on “Menopause and Weight Gain Simplified | Women's Health

  1. Doctor I’m 46 though abd started gaining weight rapidly around 44 in my stomach area.. it’s gotten out of control and really bad. I’m not gaining anywhere else as bad and I was told I was still in early menopause.. so why am I gaining weight there now?

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