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What is the quickest way to lose weight after menopause?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Weight management is really a simple formula. You must be active, eat healthy, and surround yourself with others who have a healthy lifestyle. The key to an active lifestyle is to simply move more. Try to include at least 30 minutes of physical activity in your day, every day. Work on strength training at least twice a week. For healthy eating, try to eat more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and less sugar. Make sure you have family and friends that support your efforts to live a healthy lifestyle.

Crash diets are not the answer for long-term weight loss. They are a temporary solution and can be dangerous at any stage in life. It is important to make lifestyle changes one at a time. Start with adding more activity in your day and modify portion sizes. Eat using a smaller plate. Substitute one unhealthy snack with a healthy snack. It is always good to keep a food log so you can see how many calories you are consuming. Many times we do not realize how much we are eating. When you see it written down in a food log, it increases your awareness of exactly what you are eating. It takes effort and discipline to make these changes but they are worth it and so are you.

Crash or quick-loss diets don't work for long-term success. It is better to work with health professionals for education and make better choices. By eating healthier and increasing activity every day, weight management will be manageable. Try to watch portion sizes and make healthy choices for snacks and beverages. Simple substitutions can really make a difference in changing eating habits for a lifetime of healthy living.

Losing weight after menopause can be accomplished by exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet. In order to lose weight, you have to burn more calories than you take in. Working with your physician on recommended diets and exercise regimens is a good place to start.

Troy Taylor, NASM Elite Trainer
Fitness Specialist

What needs to happen for anyone that wants to lose weight pre or post menopause is for a health professional to get an accurate body fat and body weight measurement use this information to help determine a base metabolic rate and then apply a smart eating and exercise program to achieve the client's goals. You can lose weight without crash dieting pre or post menopause.

Judy Caplan
Nutrition & Dietetics Specialist

The best kind diet is a balanced diet that you can stick to over time. If you follow a crash diet it is unlikely you will keep the weight off. Once you get to menopause, disease prevention should be your main concern, not just weight loss. A sensible diet that you can follow the rest of your life, one that reduces your risk of disease, will also be one that reduces your weight. Develop habits that keep you healthy and fit and you won't have to think about crash dieting.

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