Managing menopause with: Weight control

Weight gain is a common symptom of menopause. It’s frustrating when your old pants no longer fit – but more importantly, increased weight contributes significantly to risk of heart disease.

Increasingly, experts are acknowledging that low-fat diets aren’t the most effective way to lose weight. “As Americans have eaten less fat over the last 15 years, we’ve gotten increasingly obese,” Dr. Hassell says. “Studies show that people who lose weight on low-fat diets don’t keep it off. People who lose weight by eating a diet high in “good fats” are much more likely to maintain their new weight. Simply put, fat keeps you satisfied longer, so you eat less.”

To manage your weight, Dr. Hassell recommends following a Mediterranean-style diet focused on small servings of whole fruits and vegetables, whole grains and beans, and healthy fats, including olive oil, canola oil and raw nuts. Minimize sweets, sweet drinks (including juices), and white-flour foods like pasta and bagels.

“To get a waistline and keep it,” Dr. Hassell says, “You have to also include exercise in your routine.” 

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