In Exercise, Hormones

Weight and Belly Fat Truths During Menopause and Beyond

Are stubborn weight and belly fat not responding to the rigorous exercise you’re doing? Or maybe it’s just habitual exercise? that 4 mile walk you do every day not doing it any more? Maybe even making you more tired?

“I’m tired all the time”

“I’m exercising all the time and barely eating and I still can’t lose weight”

Sound familiar?

What about…

  • Trying to out-exercise belly fat
  • More and more cardio to get the stubborn weight off
  • Strength training most days of the week to get back elusive tone

Ring a bell?

The obvious never seems so clear when you’re living it.

When you’re tired, rest.

You’ve been led to believe that energy creates energy. That can make you feel guilty for not exercising. At the least it can make more exercise the intuitive answer.

Constant fatigue however in a world where we’re constantly “on” means you need to catch up by slowing down. Rest more during the day and sleep more temporarily so you can fill that hole you’re in. Once you support yourself back to feeling like you again there’s always time to begin exercise – that’s potentially more effective.

What does rest more during the day look like?

Instead of 8 hours of meetings, appointments, and phone calls strategically schedule 30 minutes ever 90 minutes or two hours to regroup. During that time get up, get outside or a view from a window, rehydrate, and or use the restroom. Watch a funny video or talk to a funny friend or colleague.

How do you sleep more at night?

You’re trying but it’s not going so well? Breaking some of your old patterns will help that. You may be thinking “it’s hormones” and you’re a victim. You’re not. Yes, things change. You can also change your approach and thoughts and sleep again.

I tucked all the facts and actions about improving your sleep into a little book [Sleep Yourself Skinny]and you can get it free.

What are you saying?

You’ve got to start with your mind. If you tell yourself “I have insomnia” or “I’ve never been a good sleeper,” you’ll keep the pattern you’ve got and prevent the optimal progress. If you believe all the things you’re told and read about menopause causing sleep disturbances and weight gain, it may happen to you too. If you believe it won’t happen to you? Better chance it won’t. If people with chronic illness can heal themselves with the power of thought (called placebo), you can do it with sleep too.

Get the book. Do the things that help. Stop doing the things that don’t. And believe they’ll work.

Optimal weight and belly fat have much to do with cortisol optimization. You need it for energy and but not too much as evidenced in times of high (or lasting chronic) stress.

How do you introduce more rest in your exercise routine?

Rest applies to several levels of exercise:

  • Between repetitions
  • Between sets
  • Between workouts
  • Week to week (and month to month)

This is an entire module in The After 50 Fitness Formula for Women. Did you know that if you’re not resting more between your workouts than you did a decade ago you could be limiting your fitness?

Research tells us that most older adults increase their fitness with 72 hours, instead of 48 hours between workouts. (e.g. skip the Monday, Wednesday, Friday routine and opt for a Monday, Thursday schedule). You have the capacity to work just as hard (relatively) as you did 20 years ago, provided you rest more than you did then.

How do you know you need more rest?

There’s the obvious, tired all the time – that doesn’t fit the definition of a “fit person” at all really. You may be able to sleep any time during the day but not sleep at night. You’re sore when you go to exercise again. You don’t see muscle tone comparable to the exercise you’re doing. But… there’s a good chance you’re on a hamster wheel repeating the same workout routine daily or weekly. You’ve got to break that pattern and drop some exercise.

Weight lifting however should stay. It might need to change to get you better results, however.

When you lift weight and belly fat improves it’s due to changes in metabolism. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen when you just “burn calories” doing endurance exercise. You’ve got to create more lean muscle and reduce fat storage. The right dose of “sprint” or interval training can help both  – recent studies show increased muscle after “sprint intervals” in obese perimenopause women. That until now was rarely heard of, the conversation around interval training was only about fat burning.

Link to the sprint interval research I have shared previously.

More support? Anniversary Special

If you want more than the 5-minute blog, the After 50 Fitness Formula for Women course features 8 modules – one dedicated to rest & recovery. In addition you’ll understand how nutrition, exercise*, stress, sleep and your hormone status all play into your IDEAL exercise choices. *If you’re doing all the exercise – but not in the right intensity or doses – changes will turn things around.

For a limited time the Anniversary special includes not only the course AND the bone health mini course AND the Adrenal Fatigue (known as HPA axis dysfunction)… it includes 5 bonuses:

  • A special “get started” recorded coaching master sessionwith me so that you can get the most value and the least overwhelm out of the course
  • A special floor-only strength trainingworkout (20 minutes) so that you can avoid up and down from the floor and make the most of your time
  • 3 strength training plans(one for different schedule needs) so that you’ve got a layout based on 7, or 9 days that includes intervals, strength and rest that is the glue to making results stick
  • A special master class on Fasting & Exercise After 50: Fit or Not Fit? So you can see if it sounds right for you and how hormone balance status plays into your decision
  • Me inside the Facebook group for a daily tip the 20th– Sept 15th!! You’re your personal coach nudging you along the way so you start strong.

You Can Change Weight and Belly Fat

Join by Labor Day weekend to get all the goodies (in addition to the course, the Bone Health mini course, AND the Adrenal Fatigue audio master class already included!)

These extras opened August 20thjoin now and get started to get them all…! The daily tips 20th-Sept 15thwill help you get a strong start by working on your beliefs about exercise, hormones, and menopause.

***Bonuses will be available for a limited amount of timeand not a part of the course long term. So you’ll have longer to watch them when you get in right away before they disappear September 15. You can only get in if you start by LABOR DAY!

I’d love to see you inside!

Note:

The After 50 Fitness Formula course is my signature course created as a companion to You Still Got It, Girl! 

Other resources about adrenals:

Adrenal Fatigue, Exercise, and Weight Loss Success

Best and Worst Exercise for Belly Fat and Fatigue

Adrenal Fatigue to Adrenal Reset


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