11 Symptoms of Menopause

Weight Gain

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7. Weight Gain

The hormonal changes during menopause may cause you to gain weight around your abdomen, hips and thighs. According to 34 Menopause Symptoms, as testosterone levels lower women require fewer calories. “Low testosterone levels lead to a decreased metabolic rate, meaning that from menopause onwards women need fewer calories daily; therefore, women who continue to eat as before will gain weight by default. In this way, changes in diet and exercise are necessary to revitalize the body’s metabolic rate and prevent weight gain during menopause.”