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Menopause and Belly Fat: Why Your Waistline Is Expanding and What You Can Do About It

Menopause and Belly Fat: Why Your Waistline Is Expanding and What You Can Do About It

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Around the time of menopause or just after, many women see their waistline increase in size. This comes as a surprise to women who are watching what they eat and working out almost every day. Even women who are relatively lean after menopause often wage a battle with belly fat and frequently notice a redistribution of body fat from their buttocks and thighs to their tummy and waistline. Why is an expanding waistline and belly fat such a problem after menopause and what can you do to control tummy fat after menopause?

How Brain Neurotransmitters Make It Easier or Harder to Control Your Appetite

How Brain Neurotransmitters Make It Easier or Harder to Control Your Appetite

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What is it that motivates you to eat – or to overeat? Your appetite is regulated by a complex group of peptides including appetite hormones like leptin, produced by fat cells. Leptin turns off your appetite and reduces the desire to eat. Ghrelin, a hormone produced by the lining of your stomach has the opposite effect – it strongly stimulates the desire to eat. Think mad rush to the refrigerator! These hormones exert their effects on a portion of your brain called the hypothalamus.

Does Exercise Turn White Fat Into Brown Fat?

Does Exercise Turn White Fat Into Brown Fat?

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Can high-intensity exercise change bad fat to good fat? That’s what a new study shows. There’s a certain type of fat that’s less efficient than the fat you store on your hips and tummy. Instead of storing the calories you take in – it converts them to heat. Would you like more of this type of fat and less of the other? Exercise may be one way to get it. Find out why and how you can get the benefits.