Menopause Weight Gain : Is the Middle Age Spread a Myth or Reality ?

Posted by Emma Heaney on


Emma explores the factors associated with untimely weight gain and explains how elites National Medical Weightloss Clinic has proved immensely effective in minimising this weight gain


As you get older, you might notice that maintaining your usual weight becomes more difficult. In fact, many women gain weight around the menopause transition.

Menopause weight gain isn't inevitable, however. You can reverse this course by paying attention to healthy-eating habits and leading an active lifestyle, but unfortunately for most it’s not quite as easy as that!


What causes menopause weight gain?

The hormonal changes of menopause might make you more likely to gain weight around your abdomen than around your hips and thighs. But, hormonal changes alone don't necessarily cause menopause weight gain. Instead, the weight gain is usually related to aging, as well as lifestyle and genetic factors.


For example, muscle mass typically diminishes with age, while fat increases. Losing muscle mass slows the rate at which your body uses calories (metabolism). This can make it more challenging to maintain a healthy weight. If you continue to eat as you always have and don't increase your physical activity, you're likely to gain weight.

Genetic factors might also play a role in menopause weight gain. If your parents or other close relatives carry extra weight around the abdomen, you're likely to do the same.

Other factors, such as a lack of exercise, unhealthy eating and not enough sleep, might contribute to menopause weight gain. When people don't get enough sleep, they tend to snack more and consume more calories.


How risky is weight gain after menopause?

Menopause weight gain can have serious implications for your health. Excess weight, especially around your midsection, increases your risk of many issues, including:

  • Breathing problems
  • Heart and blood vessel disease
  • Type 2 diabetes

Excess weight also increases your risk of various types of cancer, including breast, colon and endometrial cancers.


What's the best way to prevent weight gain during & after menopause?


The experts Simply say stick to weight-control basics:

  • Move more. Physical activity, including aerobic exercise and strength training, can help you shed excess pounds and maintain a healthy weight. As you gain muscle, your body burns calories more efficiently — which makes it easier to control your weight.
  • Eat less. To maintain your current weight — let alone lose excess pounds — you might need about 200 fewer calories a day during your 50s than you did during your 30s and 40s.
  • Check your sweet habit. Added sugars account for nearly 300 calories a day in the average persons diet
  • Limit alcohol. Alcoholic beverages add excess calories to your diet and increase the risk of gaining weight.


I have been trying these recommended Guidelines but I still can’t seem to loose weight - WE HEAR YOU .

This appears to be a reoccurring theme during our weightloss management  consultations, I can also empathise with these amazing ladies who seem to have hit a brick wall when it comes to weightloss and why our programme has been an  amazing success ....


What is the programme ?

What is this National Medical Weight Loss Programme (NMWLP)?

The National Medical Weight Loss Programme is a combined programme of calorie-controlled diet, exercise and an added pharmacotherapy (medicine – a small injection pen) that you administer at home.  This pen helps to suppress and manage your appetite as well as activating certain metabolic pathways. The medication does not work alone and is only successful as part of an overall programme.


The medication will work as an appetite suppressant. Delivery is via a virtually painless injection taken daily or weekly, that messaging system is activated. It then makes you;

-Feel less hungry,

-Feel fuller quicker and fuller for longer.

This should lead to significant weight loss.           



The NMWLP uses prescription medication. You must complete a medical assessment with myself I will carry out a comprehensive consultation to ensure you are the right candidate & it is safe for you to use it.             

Step 1  Complete the online consultation.

Step 2 Schedule a virtual consultation

Step 3 Commence your weightloss journey     

If you have been struggling with your weightloss please get in touch , complete our online consultation form let the team help you start your successful  weightloss journey today .


“So I’m 5 weeks into the programme and I have 16lbs off , starting the programme was one of the best decisions Ive  made , I am finding it so easy .I am walking daily but I am definitely not snacking or craving food like I use to “


“I am so delighted with my weightloss Emma week 4 of the programme and I’ve 13lbs off, I have struggled with my menopausal weight gain and finally I am starting to see results, I am so graceful for your ongoing support”.


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