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Banishing Belly Fat! FitTraining Blog for Women 40,50 and beyond


Menopause Happens!

That means, belly fat does, too

With the change in your hormonal balance, the belly is the first to notice. Love handles, pinch and inch, or just plain old belly fat are more than terms that annoy most women and cause that flabby spill over in clothes.

Ugh! Not only is this newfound midsection overhang unsightly in clothes and even worse without them, but it's a dangerous place to "add the adipose" (tissue, that is, a more scientifc term for fat).

What is a gal over 40-50 and beyond to do? First thing is to get a good grip (hahahha) on the area by doing some old school measurements. Using a measuring tape, circle your waist - while standing- at your belly button and check that number- anything over 35 inches is trouble.

There are four keys to controlling belly fat: exercise, diet, sleep, and stress management.

  1. EXERCISE- yep, good old fashion exercise is a remedy for many of a women's issues, and this one is no exception. Run, walk, swim or bike- cardiovascular exercise, along with weight training and stretching is a critical step in fighting belly fat.

  2. EAT- I know, you eat the same as before menopause, right? Well, sorry, since those hormones have shifted, your over 40, 50, beyond body needs LESS calories- edit 200-300 calories a day out of your diet immediately (more if you really need to pair down).

  3. SLEEP- Ha ha ha! Are you sleeping restfully each night? Gals 40, 50 and beyond often describe sleep disturbances - can you spell "hot flash"? Find techniques and soothing ritruals to help you get a good snooze...it will help placate the pooch.

  4. STRESS- all those jumbled up hormones just don't need anymore confusion- taking part in a daily meditation, zen walk, silent hour or yoga practice can and will help that belly area recede, it's scientifically proven.

Although a disturbing development, the increase in belly fat can be your body's way of signaling you to take time out to focus on your health and fitness. You're jeans will love you for it!

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