Menopause and the Middle-Age Spread

Although we have members spanning a wide demographic range,, one well-represented group is perimenopausal and menopausal women. As a result, a common question that pops up is whether or not the “middle-age spread” is inevitable.

But, as we are learning, just because something is common, doesn’t mean it is inevitable.

I recently interviewed Dr. Tamsin Lewis on the Get-Fit Guy podcast. Dr. Tam is both an Ironman athlete and a Medical Doctor as well as being a middle-aged woman herself. So she understands the body both medically and athletically.

When I asked Dr. Tam if this middle-age spread is indeed inevitable, she replied: “I don’t think anything in life is inevitable, is it? Apart from death and taxes. Menopausal weight gain is certainly common, but that doesn’t mean it is inevitable or even normal.”

“Theoretically, [during menopause], your body does become more prone to storing weight around the middle.” and that is why she advises the patients that she works with to make some changes to their diet, how they exercise, and perhaps even look into hormonal supplementation.

Dr. Tam’s specific recommendations, all of which align perfectly with the Weighless philosophy and practices, include:

  • Reducing simple carbs to control blood sugar and fat storage,
  • increasing protein to maintain muscle mass and even build some more,
  • focusing more exercise effort on strength training, especially of the larger muscle groups,
  • choosing activities you enjoy and find de-stressing.

You can listen to the complete interview here.

In the Weighless Program, we are learning to question common assumptions and dissect “conventional wisdom.” We also experiment with changes in exercise and diet to learn how our bodies respond, rather than accept a one-size-fits-all solution–or throw our hands in the air in defeat.

Ageing happens, there is no doubt – but that doesn’t mean we have to go down without a fight!