Male Menopause isn't always the cause of weight gain. When men experience hormonal symptoms such as fatigue and a decrease in libido it's called andropause. This occurs most often in middle-aged men.
As men age, it's very common for the testosterone levels to drop. They too experience hormonal changes.
Most people think menopause happens to just women. That's not the case.
It seems to be relatively common to think that men and women experiencing menopause/andropause is to also gain weight.
However, hormonal changes may NOT be the cause of the weight gain.
It may be due to the simple fact that both men and women in their senior years are more susceptible to weight gain, muscle loss and a decrease in bone density depending on their past lifestyle.
If you want a head start on maintaining your weight and overall health, here are a few things you can do as you transition into menopause or andropause.
We may not feel the need to drink as our thirst signals dull, thereby not having the urge to drink water. Make a conscious effort to drink water.
There are no side effects to drinking water as there is to drinking sugary drinks.
60% of our body is made up of water. It helps to balance the body, transport nutrients in the body, regulate it and aids in digestion and more.
Water can make you feel more full therefore you will eat less.
It also helps to fight fatigue. When you feel tired it may be your body's way of letting you know that it requires is more water.
Science is still out on how much to drink. It all depends on age, the activity level, whether you are drinking other forms of liquid and the liquid that comes from fruits and vegetables.
It helps with muscle mass, which in turn helps with weight management.
There are many other health benefits to increase your lean protein intake. It's especially important to eat foods that contain nutrients such as carbohydrates, dietary finer, essential fats, vitamins and minerals.
Quality protein is an integral part our diets, especially if men are experiencing male menopause.
For over 14 years, I’ve been using an undentured whey verses denatured. My experience is that men who incorporate this type of whey into their diets have better results with their weight loss.
Undenatured whey has many other benefits,
- It increases muscle building due to the easily digestible amino acids.
- Increase in muscle strength and size
- It still has all the nine amino acids needed to produce new muscle fibers.
- Boost in immune system.
The difference between undenatured whey vs denatured is in the bio chemical process; it loses its protein structure due to high heat and other external stressors during processing.
Losing its structure means that the amino acids have been broken down.
Undenatured whey maintains its amino acid structure due to the fact that there is no high heat used in the processing.
Adults in their midlife are more likely to cut back on exercise routines, which often leads to male menopause weight gain.
A good regime to do is to incorporate strength training, stretch more, do low impact exercises AND change it up. It will keep you motivated.
<Exercise one hour each day with a minimum of three days a week. This also helps to regulate your cortisol levels. High cortisol levels can also lead to weight gain.
That's Ron and I repelling for the first time. Scared? You bet.
We both realize that health is the most important thing in our lives, next to our faith. We put focus on it and implement proven ways that foster great health in both of us.
Thankfully, Ron didn't think that male menopause was something that he would have to live with and that he couldn't change.
We love exploring activities that challenge us and at the same time have lots of fun.
Incorporating healthy foods is no secret. It’s crucial in maintaining a healthy body and a healthy weight. If our diets consisted of starches, sweets and processed foods it has contributed to state of health today.
The good news is that it's never too late to change. You can begin by eating more vegetables and fruits, preferably organic.
If you live in a cold country for 6-7 months out of the year, access to organic can be very challenging. This is one of the reasons I am a huge advocate for quality supplementation.
Supplementation with vitamins and minerals are a sure way to fill in the gap that you aren't getting it in your diet. However, it's important to be aware of the quality of supplementation you use. Many supplements have fillers in them that reduces the quality and it's effectiveness.
And a good rule of thumb at dinner time is to ensure your plate consist of at least 51% vegetables. It not only helps with incorporating more vegetables in your day, it also aids in digestion.
If your weight gain is a result of male menopause, it doesn't have to be permanent.
Over the last 14 years I’ve coached hundreds of baby boomers maintain a healthy weight, feel great and look younger. Now who doesn’t want that? We live in a society where the majority of people think that it’s natural to gain weight and feel more tired as we age. That’s a MYTH. I’m living proof of that and so is my fiancé.
When I met Ron, sometimes he would experience night sweats.
He also had a few unwanted pounds that he just couldn't seem to get off even though he was going to the gym 4 times a week and ate relatively healthy.
With several recommendations from me, Ron lost body fat and increased muscle mass. He added the undenatured protein, quality vitamins and minerals to his diet, and lots more loving. Any signs or thoughts that he may be experiencing male menopause was a thing of the past.
So if you're in your midlife years and find yourself adding a few notches in your belt and think it could be from male menopause, know that with some lifestyle shifts, you will once again feel that energy and vitality you once felt when you were younger.
Life is just Beginning at 50…Why not choose to be in your BEST health.