The accumulation of abdominal fat can be one of the things most frustrating for women upon reaching menopause.
It does not always have to happen, but hormonal changes that are suffered at this stage of life can contribute.
We tell you how can you avoid it.
The main reason is hormonal changes.
This triggers the development of insulin resistanceIn other words, the body has difficulties responding to this hormone.
Insulin resistance causes blood glucose levels to rise above normal levels over time (hyperglycaemia), causing a increased insulin production to counteract this hyperglycemia.
This vicious cycle causes the fat accumulation, especially in the abdominal area (abdominal or visceral fat).
In addition, decreasing estrogen levels reduces fat in the hips and buttocks area.
Are all these changes in the location and amount of fat what generates the change in body shape that most women experience during menopause.
The best strategy to deal with this problem is maintain an active lifestyle.
Upon reaching menopause, many women have a less demanding daily lifestyle than when they were younger (children, work, housework, ...). That means it will be necessary to do a more effort to stay in shape.
The key will be to reduce calories and increasing daily physical activity in order to make the change in the physical appearance of women less noticeable.
It is important don't overindulge in carbs and eat enough protein, since in this way the accumulation of fat will be avoided. In addition, it is advisable that the exercise that is practiced promotes bodybuilding, that is, a type of exercise that allows increase metabolism.
Belly fat is a sign of visceral fat around vital organs, which is often associated with a increased risk of heart disease, with a high blood pressure and with diabetes.
Some research has even linked abdominal fat with an increased risk of premature death.