Menopause Belly: Understanding and Tackling the Middle(age) Bulge

Menopause Belly: Understanding and Tackling the Middle(age) Bulge


This article has been researched and written by Arelang Naturals® in-house writers.

What is Menopause Belly?

So, you’ve hit that fabulous age where wisdom lines your face, and confidence fills your stride. But suddenly, your waistline seems to be having a party that you didn’t sign up for. Welcome to menopause belly - It’s that frustrating midsection weight gain that seems to pop up out of nowhere as you go through menopause. What’s going on inside your body?

Well, as we age and hit menopause, our bodies go through some major hormonal changes. Estrogen & Progesterone which have been our best buddies through those childbearing years, starts to take a back seat. When Estrogen & Progesterone levels drop, it triggers Variety of mechanisms in the body as explained below leading to fat storage around the abdomen. It’s like our bodies decide it’s time to stock up for winter, even if we’re living in the tropics.

Shift to Abdominal Fat:

Estrogen helps manage where fat is stored in the body. When estrogen levels drop, fat tends to move from the hips and thighs to the abdomen. This happens because fat cells in different parts of the body respond differently to hormones.

Water Retention and Bloating:

Lower progesterone levels during menopause can cause water retention and bloating, making the belly appear larger.

    Metabolic Rate:

    Estrogen boosts metabolic rate. With lower estrogen, the body's resting calorie burn decreases, leading to weight gain and more fat over time.

    Lipid Metabolism:

    Estrogen helps regulate fat metabolism. When estrogen decreases, the activity of enzymes that promote fat storage increases. Additionally, lower estrogen can decrease good cholesterol (HDL) and increase bad cholesterol (LDL), raising the risk of fat buildup.

    Insulin Sensitivity:

    Estrogen improves how the body uses glucose. Without enough estrogen, the body becomes less responsive to insulin, causing higher blood sugar levels and more fat storage, especially in the belly.

    Appetite and Food Intake:

    Estrogen helps control appetite by affecting hormones like leptin and ghrelin. Lower estrogen can lead to increased hunger and food intake, contributing to weight gain.

    Physical Activity and Muscle Mass:

    Reduced estrogen levels can lead to decreased physical activity and energy use, causing weight gain.

    Estrogen helps maintain muscle mass. When estrogen levels drop, muscle mass can decrease, leading to a slower metabolism and more fat.


    Estrogen has anti-inflammatory effects. A drop in estrogen can increase inflammation, which is linked to metabolic issues and fat gain.

    Hormonal Interactions:

    Estrogen interacts with hormones that regulate weight and fat distribution, like cortisol, thyroid hormones, and androgens. Lower estrogen levels can disrupt these interactions, leading to more fat storage.

    Now that we know the main culprit here is hormonal imbalance. As estrogen levels dip, cortisol levels (that pesky stress hormone) can rise, making it easier for your body to hold onto fat, especially around the middle. It’s like your body’s way of dealing with the hormone chaos is to create a cozy cushion around your belly.

    How to Manage Menopause Belly?

    Alright, so now that we know what’s going on, how do we manage it? Here are a few tips:

    Lifestyle Modifications: Incorporate more physical activity into daily routines, such as taking stairs instead of elevators or walking short distances instead of driving.

    Exercise: Regular physical activity, especially cardio and strength training, can help burn fat and build muscle.

    Stress Management: Since stress can exacerbate hormonal imbalance, finding ways to relax and de-stress is key. Think yoga, meditation, or even a good book.

    Diet: Eating a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats can help manage weight. Cutting back on sugary snacks and refined carbs is crucial. Incorporate natural plant based helpers like Rekindle for Women. This product is designed to support hormonal balance, which is crucial for tackling menopause belly. Rekindle for Women contains natural ingredients like Black Cohosh, Ashwagandha, Shatavari, flax seed containing phytoestrogens that help stabilize your hormones, making it easier for your body to manage weight and feel great.

    It supports your body in maintaining a healthy hormone balance, which can reduce the fat-storing effects of menopause. It also helps keep your metabolism active, which is key when your body naturally slows down. Beyond just managing weight, it helps you feel better overall, with more energy and less stress.

    Menopause belly might be an unwelcome guest, but with a little understanding and the right tools, you can show it the door. Managing your diet, staying active, and keeping stress in check are your first steps. And with Rekindle for Women in your corner, you’ve got a secret weapon to help balance those hormones and tackle that middle-age bulge head-on. Cheers to feeling fabulous and keeping that belly in check!

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