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Keys to Weight Loss After Menopause

Fewer Desserts, Sugary Drinks Linked to Long-Term Weight Loss

Eat Less, Exercise More to Avoid Weight Gain

Gass says that while weight gain is not inevitable, most middle-aged women need to eat less and exercise more than they once did to maintain their weight.

“Virtually all of my patients who have been successful tell me they have done this,” she says.

She notes that weight gain around the time of menopause is much less common in Japan than in the U.S., suggesting that Western eating patterns are largely to blame.

Women in Japan typically eat more fruits, vegetables, and fish, and less sugar, red meat, and fast food than women in the United States.

“Japanese women also live longer than women in any other country (an average of 88 years), and their healthier diets are a major reason for this,” Gass says.

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