The Menopause Diet: A Review

How to Lose Weight During Menopause

The Menopause Diet
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The Menopause Diet by Larrian Gillespie is an excellent way for women to lose weight during menopause. This is an excellent resource for women who are going through menopause since Gillespie offers a deeper understanding of how the body changes as well as how to take care of yourself during this time for ultimate health and well-being.

What's Good About the Book

  • An excellent book for menopausal women concerned about weight gain
  • Covers all aspects of menopause, from biological to psychological changes
  • Provides a detailed and easy-to-follow diet for weight loss

What's Bad About the Book

  • Some information can get a bit technical
  • Could use more specifics about setting up an exercise program

What to Expect From the Book

  • Provides information about how menopausal women can lose weight and get healthy
  • Discusses the factors that contribute to weight gain and offers solutions for how to deal with them
  • A specific diet with recipes and meal ideas to help readers manage weight and eat healthy
  • Readers can also get The Mini Meal Cookbook and the Daily Journal
  • Also discusses a variety of treatments including hormone replacement therapy, natural remedies and more

Full Review - The Menopause Diet

In her book, The Menopause Diet, Larrian Gillespie (About.com's former Low Carb Diets Guide) addresses an important issue many women face when going through menopause: Weight gain.

Gillespie takes care to explain, in easy-to-understand terms, the biological and psychological changes a woman's body experiences as she moves through life. She gives a simple explanation of how the digestive system works, providing a deeper understanding of how a menopausal woman's body responds to different foods.

Her chapter on hormones and fat is particularly interesting, explaining in simple terms how hormones affect body fat storage, which often leads to 'Buddha belly' in menopause.

The meat of the book explains the theories behind the Menopause Diet, detailing how protein, caffeine, thyroid, alcohol and other elements affect a woman's health, body and weight. The diet itself suggests women eat 40% protein, 25% fat and 35% low glycemic carbs (carbs that are released more slowly into the blood stream) and encourages readers to eat 5 small meals a day. Exercise is another important part of the mix, along with eating soy and, unfortunately for some, avoiding alcohol. The basic principles Gillespie preaches hold true for anyone trying to lose weight, but are particularly true for women in menopause who are trying to get rid of the fat the magically seems to migrate to the belly.

She offers five days worth of simple meals followed by a variety of recipes that even I (as a kitchen-phobic) had no difficulty cooking.

Most were tasty and healthy, a tough mix to get in many healthy recipes. She offers some basic advice about exercise (I would've like to see more specifics here, but she does a good job covering the basics) and discusses other ways to to handle the symptoms and issues that come with menopause: Hormone replacement therapy, natural therapies, dealing with stress, helpful nutrients and how to chart your own personal history.

Overall, Gillespie offers an in-depth understanding of what happens during menopause and, more importantly, offers hope for making this time enjoyable and healthy.

Disclosure: A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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