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.
According to WebMD, “Insulin resistance is when cells in your muscles, fat, and liver don’t respond well to insulin and can’t use glucose from your blood for energy. To make up for it, your pancreas makes more insulin. Over time, your blood sugar levels go up.”
When insulin is high, fat burning stops and fat storage starts. That’s no bueno.
It’s not until you are struggling to bring the blood sugar levels down that medical intervention steps in. During the time that it is building, damage is being done throughout the body – to your memory, nerves, heart – to all of you. Insulin resistance is accelerated when our menses cease and we become more stressed with our hot flashes and sleep disruptions. As I tell my clients, stress + menopause = belly fat.
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So while many women will pass over my articles and posts about weight loss because they have accepted their new rounded figure as part of their “positive body image” because that’s what “getting older looks like,” I beg them to realize that it is a silent big red flashing light. 🚨 Red alert! Red alert! Things are malfunctioning inside!
This isn’t the time to shrug your shoulders and say, “Oh well, this is my fate, I guess.” 🤷🏻♀️
Being a health coach in the online world, I have found that getting rid of those pounds piling up around our middles seems like a huge challenge for us menopausal ladies. Tactics we have counted on to lose weight in the past just don’t work anymore and that’s because our hormones have changed. We require a different approach and it is actually far easier than you would think.
It involves eating fill-you-up Meaty Low Carb™ foods that improve insulin sensitivity (that means not starving and no counting calories or tracking macros). It includes exercising less aggressively and more strategically (keeping you strong and capable as you age). It is also about reducing stress in all areas of your life, most importantly by getting quality and consistent sleep. This gets to the ROOT of the problem so medication “Band-aids” may not be needed later.
You will actually be simplifying the way you eat, move and live. Simple living. That means more time to physically get out and ENJOY your life and time with those around you. Isn’t that what life is all about? Don’t you want to live your Second Half of Life to the fullest?
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If you yourself haven’t experienced the growing belly fat, well kudos. I have a number of free resources in my Resource Library if you want to learn more NOW and keep yourself on the path towards continued good health. If you (or another woman in your life – mom, sister, cousin, partner, friend) have noticed the belly fat accumulating and perhaps even have new symptoms of ill health, then this is your wake-up call! Now is the time to take action! Nip it in the bud! Turn this train around!
It takes surprisingly such little time to right the train (many do it in just 28 Days) though some need more time to recover and heal than others. My clients will tell you that no matter how long your whole journey takes, you will be amazed at how good you can feel again very quickly, with some pep in your step, better mental focus and improved digestion. And yeah, you might even get back in to those skinny jeans. 👖
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I’m Coach Cherie Ó and I work with women just like you, using quick and simple eating, movement and lifestyle changes to lose weight and bring out that super-woman inside. You may not be able to leap tall buildings, but you will feel body confident in your super, sexy bad-ass self to take on whatever comes your way, even if its just enjoying life to the fullest in your Second Half. 🧡