Often weight gain is a side effect of Menopause and one that no one is happy about. Helping a lot of women with menopause, and generally not suffering menopausal symptoms myself I think the Intermittent Fasting and extended fasting has a lot to do with it.
Hormones all start changing. FSH levels are increasing which slows down the metabolic rate and causing fat deposits usually in the middle area ie middle age spread. Insulin becomes a issue and keeping insulin levels low is a factor – this is what fasting helps with. The ketones also help with blood sugar and keeping insulin low which is all linked with the weight gain.
Often if someone has tried fasting before it can be difficult, so the ketones are an awesome tool to help – especially if you are active and exercising in the morning.
Insulin is the fat storage hormone, when our insulin is high it makes it very hard to release the extra fat we are storing. If we can keep it low, our bodies will not store and hold onto the fat so easily. Fasting is a great tool to help this process. When we are younger this is not as important, when menopause hits it becomes a real factor.
My journey with fasting wasn’t smooth. But consistency pays off and is the factor that helps break down insulin resistance. If you are starting out, I encourage you to give it a decent amount of time and have someone help you if you are having struggles. I can assure you that it is worth it once your body learns what to do.
I am grateful I started fasting before the menopause started, as I believe it is one of the things helping me in the journey and not suffering like I see so many woman doing. If you are in this boat, it is definitely worth trying. Reach out if you need some help. I do a lot of content on social media trying to share more, as personally I think we are not prepared for it and don’t understand enough about what is going on and what we can do about it.
If you want to chat about how I can help here is my calender: https://calendly.com/chanelstuck