Menopausal Weight Gain

Updated: Jan 13

For many women transitioning into the menopause period, noticeable weight gain is a typical side effect.


It is common, highly individual, and varies from person to person. It is estimated that the average weight gain during menopause is about 10 to 15 pounds.


Moreover, women who are already considered overweight are more likely to experience menopausal weight gain.

What Causes Weight Gain During Menopause?

It’s very important to look at all of these important factors below:

Aging

Your fat increases, and your muscle mass diminishes as you age. This results in lower metabolism, or the rate at which the body burns calories, which starts when you reach your 30s. If you don’t increase your physical activity and your eating stays the same, it’s very likely that you will gain weight during menopause.

Poor Lifestyle Habits

If you’re lacking exercise, engaging with unhealthy eating habits, or not getting enough sleep, you could likely experience menopausal weight gain. People with inadequate sleep often resort to overeating.[1]

Genetics

Your genes can also influence menopausal weight gain. If your parents and close relatives have extra pounds around the abdomen, it is also more likely for you to experience the same.

Hormonal Changes

Estrogen levels drop during menopause. There’s a specific form of estrogen, known as estradiol, that helps regulate your metabolism and body weight. Lower levels of estradiol may lead to weight gain.[2]