No matter how much I diet and exercise I cannot shift my belly bulge. Is middle age spread more common after menopause?
As you age you might notice that maintaining your usual weight becomes more difficult, and many women gain weight around the middle, dubbed the menopot. But hormonal changes alone don’t necessarily cause menopause weight gain. Instead, the weight gain is usually related to ageing, as well as lifestyle and genetic factors. Muscle mass diminishes with age, while fat increases. Loss of muscle mass decreases the rate at which your body uses calories, which can make it more challenging to maintain a healthy weight. If you continue to eat as you always have and don’t increase your physical activity, you’re likely to gain weight. Other factors, such as a lack of exercise, unhealthy eating and a lack of sleep, can also contribute to menopause weight gain. A minimally invasive procedure, called Body jet liposuction can often help trim belly fat, which is resistant to diet and exercise. A pulsating water-spray device, sort of like a Jacuzzi with a nozzle, exerts pressure to break down fat cells, and the liquefied fat is then removed through tiny scars. Results show that this procedure also tightens skin by up to 60 per cent more than traditional liposuctions. Best results are seen after three months – expect to pay around £2k.