Menopause: relationship with weight gain

In many women, the menopause is accompanied by weight gain. As age increases, the energy requirement decreases. In addition, hormonal changes during the menopause can affect body weight.

Factors that sometimes go hand in hand with menopause, such as poor sleep, depression and stress, are also mentioned as factors that may be associated with weight gain during menopause.

Other causes

Changes in behaviour during the menopause, such as less physical activity and other eating habits (higher calorie intake, less fibre, increased alcohol consumption) can also be a cause of the weight gain. poor sleep, depression and stress, are also mentioned as factors that may be associated with weight gain during menopause.

Limiting weight gain

Healthy eating and sufficient exercise can reduce weight gain. As you get older, your energy needs decrease and fewer calories are needed to achieve the right energy balance.

Recommended amount of calories

The table below shows how many calories women aged 51 and over need. Also fill in a personal Disk of Five for a specific client, and read what the recommended amounts of food are for that client.

Healthy eating and sufficient exercise can reduce weight gain. As you get older, your energy needs decrease and fewer calories are needed to achieve the right energy balance.

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