This is a Specialist Weight Loss Plan designed to help women manage their weight during menopause.
Menopause is a key milestone in any woman’s life and brings with it many physical, hormonal and psychological changes including headaches, hot flushes and mood swings. Perhaps one of the most sensitive issues is weight gain due to hormonal changes (mainly a drop in oestrogen levels).
Weight gain in menopausal women results from:
- Mood changes
- Altered hunger
- Altered metabolism
- Hormonal imbalance
- Loss of muscle mass (sarcopenia)
- Sleep disturbance
Our multidisciplinary team at The London Obesity Clinic helps ladies through this turbulent journey through extensive support and medical guidance. This team includes physicians, endocrinologists, dietitians and many others. We will look at your medical and family history, your hormone profile and reassess your diet, activity and sleep patterns. Most importantly, we will be there to support you psychologically and ensure your emotional well-being during this time.
What happens to the body around menopause?
Fluctuation in oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone is seen in menopausal women. In addition to the symptoms mentioned above some women have low libido, excess facial hair growth, sweating, fluid retention and sleep disturbance. These can have a serious impact on their confidence and self-esteem. Women around menopause have altered hunger patterns leading to weight gain.
Why do menopausal women struggle to lose weight?
In addition to changes in the hormones, lean body mass and factors related to ageing there could be several other reasons which slow down metabolism. Loss of muscle mass or sarcopenia is one of the reasons for menopausal women struggling to lose weight.
Most women would have been through several diets before menopause and succeeded. However, they find that after menopause following the same plan does not bring about the same results. This in part is due to alteration in the basal metabolic rate.
What could happen to menopausal women with a high Body Mass index?
Menopausal women who are overweight and obese are more likely to have the following medical conditions: Heart attack, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, stroke, cancer, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, arthritis, sleep apnoea and several others.
It is therefore important to reduce weight and at the same time ensure weight-related medical conditions are managed at the same time.
How do you help with weight loss in menopausal women?
A comprehensive consultation by one of our specialists is followed by relevant investigations. Thereafter a 3-month intensive Menopause – weight loss plan is offered. You will have offline and online support throughout the programme. During this plan, we focus on both weight loss and also on associated weight-related medical conditions, self-esteem, confidence, sleep and relationship. You will have the option of joining a maintenance programme for up to 12 months of additional support.
If you wish to see a specialist for an initial consultation and join our plan then please fill out the contact form below and we will be in touch shortly.
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