3 reasons low carb isn’t preventing belly fat in perimenopause

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3 reasons low carb isn't preventing belly fat in perimenopause

First of all, I broke down the different variations of carbs in today’s episode, along with how the stigma around carbs has led us to keep doing the same things in perimenopause and menopause that worked for our younger bodies, but are likely no longer serving us today. 

 

If you haven’t noticed, there’s actually not a lot that worked when we were in our 20’s and 30’s, or even early 40’s, that still works now. Understand that this is normal! As our hormones shift (estrogen & progesterone decrease, testosterone decreases or can even increase), there is a cascade that can affect our hunger, mood, insulin sensitivity, how we store fat, sleep, temperature control, and yes, even how we react to carbs.

 

For those who come from a low carb or keto background, you may notice how your body doesn’t react the same. I hear it all the time, “I’m doing everything I’ve always done but suddenly have 30 extra pounds on me!”

I know it’s frustrating. My own perimenopausal journey was also frustrating until I figured out some things that really helped me shift to a more stable weight and midsection! 

 

Speaking of, let’s go ahead and dive into 3 reasons carbs may not be helping your midsection the older we get. 

1. You’re likely still eating processed foods in the name of keto, low carb, sugar free, low fat…if it comes in a box/bag with lots of ingredients and is far removed from it’s natural form, it’s still processed. Marketing tactics are savvy so the more you stick to whole, unprocessed foods, the less likely you’ll be to consume the things causing inflammation and extra fat around the belly.

2. Too low carb can lead to low energy availability – we need carbohydrates for fuel. I’ve worked with so many women who come from extreme low carb diets and their adrenals are tanked so they’re unable to get in workouts or even walk consistently. As our hormones shift in perimenopause and into menopause, it’s important to understand that the extreme diets no longer work with your hormones but rather against them, and will often cause you to gain more weight around your midsection.

3. Increased risk of cardiovascular disease  – If you’ve been on the low carb bandwagon for any amount of time, this might seem like a new concept but follow the logic. Lower carb often means higher fat. And if you’re eating mostly a keto diet, you’re likely eating lots of butter, cheese, and other foods high in saturated fat. Although I don’t think you need to be afraid of saturated fat, I do think you need to be cautious about an abundance of it. And unless you’ve been tested for the Apoe4 genotype, you also may not be able to tolerate saturated fats well.

     *** If you need help navigating your ever changing body as you transition from perimenopause to menopause, if you need to know how to fuel your body to work with your hormones instead of against them, if you want to work out less while getting even better results to fit your busy lifestyle, and if you’re ready to finally ditch the weight gain and belly fat that seems to have come out of nowhere once you hit perimenopause, I want you to go right now to lisaloufitness.com/ffab and check out how me and my team can help you age well in Act 2 so your next years can be your best years!

The older we get, the more in tune we need to become with how our bodies handle and process foods. When we talk about “carbs”, it’s easy to lump them all into the same category, but nothing could be further from the truth.

 

Aim to get your daily carbs from vegetables and fruits, legumes (I find chickpeas and lentils easy to digest), and minimal grains and only to tolerance. My body can do small amounts of rice and Ezekiel bread but I get bloated and swollen with oatmeal…no matter how organic it is. 

 

Stick to foods as close to nature as possible 85% of the time, eat lots of fiber through those carbs mentioned above, and you’ll find your jeans easier to button up! 

 

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Lisa

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I’m passionate about helping you achieve energy, joy, and fun over 40 so you can live your most confident years, yet.
 
My heart and mission is to help women of all ages start living a bold, intentional life right where they are!
 
My heart for your health stemmed from years of figuring out how to help my own. 
 
With a combination of a poor family health history, combined with autoimmune conditions, chronic fatigue, and congenital heart defects, I was motivated to make significant shifts to give myself the best chance of a life lived vivaciously, boldly, confidently, and energetically!
 
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  • Nutrition Coach
  • IWHI Integrative Women’s Health Coach
  • 2 time former gym owner
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