For women, menopause is a reality check that your body is changing. This is a time to take care of yourself by making healthy lifestyle choices.

During menopause your body produces less of the progesterone and oestrogen hormones because your ovaries stop sending eggs to your uterus. One visible effect of this hormone change is a reshuffle of your body’s fat distribution. This results in unwanted abdominal fat that can be harder to budge.

Health Risks Associated with Menopausal Weight Gain

Let's face it: When we gain weight, we don't feel good. It can be uncomfortable and cause low self esteem. But that's not all. Weight gain is related to health issues including high cholesterol, high blood pressure and insulin resistance (a condition in which your body cannot use insulin correctly, which can lead to diabetes).

Avoiding a "Midlife Metabolic Crisis"