November 27, 2014
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Menopause

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Menopause and your weight

The average woman gains about 2 to 4 kilograms (4 to 9 pounds) during menopause because her metabolism slows down with age. To maintain a healthy weight:

  • exercise regularly: Try to do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity (e.g., brisk walking) or vigorous-intensity activity (e.g., jogging or swimming) each week. You should be active for at least 10 minutes at a time to benefit your heart. The more physically active you are, the more likely you will be successful in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Include weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercise (e.g., weight training, climbing stairs) at least twice a week.
     
  • eat healthy: Eat a healthy diet based on Canada's Food Guide. Choose foods that are high in fibre and low in saturated and trans fats. Eat more fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy and meat products.

Speak to your doctor for advice on making healthy changes to your diet and exercise routine, especially if you are starting a new exercise program.


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