Menopause Diet for Women After 40

Menopause Diet for Women After 40

3. Consider a small reduction in your calorie intake

Calories are the amount of energy released when your body breaks down (digests and absorbs) food. The more calories a food has, the more energy it can provide to your body. When you eat more calories than you need, your body may store the extra calories as body fat.  For more information on some of the top questions on weight loss visit our previous blog: Nutrition Facts on How to Move to Your Personal Best Weight.

Weight gain is a very common menopause symptom. It is important to note that gaining a few pounds may have very little impact on your long term health since your weight is not a measure of health. Our metabolism slows with age and if you had a goal to maintain the current weight you are at you will need to exercise more or reduce your overall calorie intake. This is indeed tough to do since we become conditioned to eat a certain amount throughout our lifespan but will inevitably need to adjust our calorie intake down as we age.

If you decide to reduce your calorie intake to maintain your weight with age here are 3 ways to reduce calories:

  • Are there changes I can make to the TYPE of food that I eat?
  • Are there changes I can make to the AMOUNT of food that I eat?
  • Are there changes I can make about WHY I am eating?

Work with an experienced Registered Dietitian that specializes in weight concerns, emotional eating and behavior modification to help you sort out the right balance of what, when, why and how much to eat.

Avoid extreme or restrictive low-calorie diets as these will increase stress on your body and worsen menopause symptoms such as lowering energy, mood, bone density and sleep quality.