WHERE’S MY WAIST?

After menopause, oestrogen stops being made in the ovaries and instead comes from the conversion of androgens (produced in the adrenal glands) and in fat cells. It’s a weaker form of oestrogen called oestrone.

In response to declining estrogen levels from the ovaries, the body starts to produce more fat to help compensate for the lower levels of estrogen. As fat cells don’t burn energy the way muscle cells do, additional weight may accumulate during menopause slightly more easily than at other times.

The fewer fat cells you have the lower your oestrogen so being too thin with a low body fat percentage is not ideal. Similarly, having too much body fat means too much oestrogen which is also not ideal and why there’s a link with breast and womb cancers. The answer is a happy medium.

2008 research published in the International Journal of Obesity links sleeping less than five hours per night to abdominal fat gain. Subsequent research has identified that poor sleep can increase levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which increases the tendency to store fat around the waist. Poor sleep can also increase appetite, cravings for high-calorie and high-fat foods and the tendency to overeat.

Our metabolic rate can decline partly due to loss of muscle (sarcopenia) as muscles burn up calories far better than fat.

We may never regain the waist we had in our 20s but we can improve muscle tone with resistance exercises along with a healthy diet.

Crash diets may work in the short term but you also risk losing muscle as well as fat and going into starvation mode which causes metabolism to slow down.

Different diets work for different people and measurements don’t’ always tell the whole story. Choose which is most suitable for you as a measurement and then work towards reducing your total.

Rather than just focusing on weight loss, aim to reduce your waist measurement instead. Make sure you measure in the same place each time by measuring at your natural waistline just above your belly button and below your rib cage. If you bend to the side, the crease that forms is your natural waistline.

Measure every month and keep track of how you’re progressing. The ideal waist measurement for good health is under 32”; 32-35” is overweight and over 35” is classed as obese.

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Website Privacy Policy

MENOHealth

Key Details

This website privacy policy describes how MENOHealth protects and makes use of the information you give to the company when you use this website.
If you are asked to provide information when using this website, it will only be used in the ways described in this privacy policy.
This policy is updated from time to time. The latest version is published on this page.

This website privacy policy was updated on 15 October 2018

If you have any questions about this policy, please email info@menohealth.co.uk or write to us at our registered address.

Data Controller

For the purpose of the General Data Protection Regulation EU 2016/679, the data controller is Move it or Lose it Ltd, a company registered under Company No. 07320699, trading as MenoHealth™ whose registered address is COCKHILL FARM MIDDLETON LANE, MIDDLETON, TAMWORTH, STAFFORDSHIRE B78 2BW.

Introduction

We gather and use certain information about individuals in order to provide products and services and enable certain functions on the website. We also collect information to better understand how visitors use this website and to present timely, relevant information to them.

What data we gather

We may collect the following information:
  • Name
  • Contact information including email address
  • Other information necessary to answer your enquiries

How we use this information

Collecting this information helps us understand what you are looking for from the company, enabling us to deliver improved products and services.

Specifically, we may use data:
  • For our own records
  • To improve the products and services we provide
  • To contact you in response to a specific enquiry
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How we use cookies?
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Cookies do not provide us with access to your computer or any information about you, other than that which you choose to share with us.

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You can use your web browser’s cookie settings to determine how our website uses cookies. If you do not want our website to store cookies on your computer or device, you should set your web browser to refuse cookies.
However, please note that doing this may affect how our website functions. Some pages and services may be unavailable to you.
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When you fill in a form or provide details on our website, you will see one or more tick boxes allowing you to opt-in to receive marketing communications from us by email, telephone, text message or post.

If you have agreed that we can use your information for marketing purposes, you can change your mind easily via one of these methods:

Send an email to info@menohealth.co.uk

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We will never lease, distribute or sell your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or the law requires us to.

Any personal information we hold about you is stored and processed under our data protection policy, in line with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Security

We will always hold your information securely.
To prevent unauthorised disclosure or access to your information, we have implemented strong physical electronic security safeguards.
We also follow stringent procedures to ensure we work with all personal data in line with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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Please note that we have no control over website outside the www.menohealth.co.uk domain. If you provide information to a website to which we link, we are not responsible for its protection and privacy.

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