Dr. Andrea Maxim

Naturopathic Doctor, Author


Menopause and Weight Gain

Andrea Maxim, ND


Natural aging has shown that a gain of 0.5kg (1.1lbs) per year to be normal, regardless of hormonal changes.

Due to the hormonal changes, contributes to higher accumulation of fat, especially around the abdomen.

The #1 reason is estrogen production decreases

Increased visceral fat can start during peri-menopause. This is actually the production of the most rapid increase in fat mass and redistribution around the abdomen.

Estrogen controls fat burning (lipolysis) and increases adrenaline, a fat bruning hormone.

The higher the BMI, the lower the estrogen levels.

Regardless of your diet, once the ovaries stop functioning, there is an increase in body fat. The longer we let this go, the higher the risk of metabolic and cardiovascular disease. Lowered libido.



Reduce the weight and KEY is to prevent it from increasing again.

Losing 5% of your current body weight is associated with lower total cholesterol, LDL and triglycerides, an increase in HDL, low BP, lowered blood sugar levels and overall improved quality of life.

Weight loss should not exceed about 10lbs per month, if you want it to be sustainable. About 1-2lbs per week.


Breakdown of Today’s Video:

0:45 – Body Changes as we age
0:58 – Peri-menopause is causing most of the menopausal weight gain
1:38 – Estrogen deficiency causing menopausal weight gain
2:25 – Treating the hormonal deficiencies
2:40 – What menopause hormones to test for
3:00 – Difference between saliva/urine versus blood testing