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Women, It's Not Your Fault That You're Gaining Weight

Women, It's Not Your Fault That You're Gaining Weight

(NewsUSA) - Many women report the same story -- after menopause, they gain weight around their abdomen, no matter how little they eat or how much they exercise.
These women aren't going insane -- research suggests that menopause causes weight gain. According to Dr. Caroline J. Cederquist, M.D., designer of the Bistro M.D. weight-loss program, a recent animal experiment revealed a link between changing estrogen levels and weight gain. When estrogen levels dropped in the brain, laboratory animals gained weight around their abdomens, even when fed the same amount of food. Why? The animals developed insulin resistance, a metabolic condition that signals the body to store carbohydrates as fat, rather than use them to fuel muscles.
"Insulin resistance develops in most people as they age, but women experience the onset more dramatically than men due to the hormonal changes of menopause," explains Dr. Cederquist.
Unfortunately, insulin resistance can negatively affect women's health. Insulin resistance causes yet more insulin resistance, as the fat that accrues in the abdomen secretes hormones that encourage more fat storage, which increases insulin resistance. Abdominal fat increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke and several types of cancer. Abdominal fat increases bad cholesterol, lowers good cholesterol and releases inflammatory hormones that contribute to heart disease.
Hormone replacement therapy does not help -- but dietary changes can help menopausal women manage their weight. Dr. Cederquist recommends a diet in which women monitor the amount and timing of carbohydrates. "A woman who could previously eat a breakfast of cereal and fruit when she was insulin sensitive will find she rapidly gains weight with the same meal if she is insulin resistant."
Women also need to consume adequate lean protein, though Dr. Cederquist emphasizes that they might consider the Bistro M.D. diet plan. "Women who work with me learn that adequate protein is not excessive protein, and that all protein does not have to be sourced from meat."
To learn more, visit www.bistromd.com or call the toll-free number1-866-401-3438.

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