I Could Care Less About Your Skinny Jeans

Alright, to be honest, I loved getting back in to my skinny jeans and was happier still when they became loose on me when just half a year earlier I couldn’t get them on past my thighs. At that time I thought it would be impossible to ever wear them again.

When I see overweight women, particularly in their fifties like me and older, I don’t want to help them because I am concerned about what they LOOK like. I want to help them because I know that their weight gain is a WARNING sign of what is going on inside. Insulin resistance is brewing and it is just a matter of time until it manifests into one disease or another.

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6 Ways to Sabotage Your Weight Loss

You are committed to losing weight this time. You’ve got a game plan, eating unprocessed foods, cutting sugar and have an accountability partner. Good for you! If you’re over 50, you may need to consider this as well…

One thing many menopausal women don’t understand is that stress is really not your friend. Okay, you’ve never been “friends” but now stress is more like a creepy stalker that you always have to be on the lookout for. That’s because we are more sensitive to stressors, and those extra shots of the stress hormone cortisol will have you packing on visceral fat in the middle. It also leads to insulin resistance, which is the starting point for practically all of our modern day illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer.

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What’s the Deal with Menopausal Belly Fat?

Big surprise, the loss of estrogen is the main driver of belly fat. In fact, 65% of women ages 40 to 59 are obese and so are nearly 74% of women 60 and older. During these years, women store the majority of their weight gain as abdominal fat, also called visceral adipose tissue.

This isn’t the fat under the skin that you can pinch; it’s behind the abdominal wall and around some of your vital organs. Complete loss of estrogen causes visceral fat to increase by 10% in just 5 months. Remember those apple and pear shaped body type comparisons? This is the apple – the shape that you don’t want.

The concern is that this kind of fat is associated with increased risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cognitive decline and other chronic health issues. It also produces large amounts of a protein that can turn a healthy cell cancerous. That’s no bueno.

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