Outsmarting the Midlife Fat Cell

The following eating advice is taken with permission from Debra Waterhouse’s book:

Some important suggestions by Debra include eat when you’re hungry, eat smaller, more frequent meals, and eat less at night.

What you eat is not as important as how much you eat. Never eat more than you can place in the palm of your hand at any one time. We need to eat five or more times a day to provide a steady and dependable source of glucose to our brain, which can balance our mood swings and boost our energy.

Never let more than 4 hours go by without eating. We need to eat in tune with our metabolism, which means eating more earlier in the day while the metabolism is higher and less at night when the metabolism is winding down for the day.

Debra’s initial advice is to disregard most of the good food/bad food battle and listen to your common sense; it will tell you to that a moderate amount of any food is healthy.

Debra also says that eating less fat is not the secret to fat loss. Many studies have indicated that when we eat a low-fat or nonfat diet, we eat more food, eat more later, and gain more weight. Fat deprivation triggers the starvation response causing our metabolism to slow down and our fat cells speed up storage to ensure survival. You’ll deprive your body of fat-soluble vitamins, manufacture less estrogen and store more fat as your fat cells try to produce additional estrogen.

Restriction to food cravings only causes more weight gain because cravings intensify and you’ll end up eating more sugar, starch and fat. Satisfy your cravings immediately with a small amount because these "feel good" foods boost your serotonin levels.

Debra advises to include foods with phyto-estrogens such as soy which are very beneficial for menopausal women. Drinking enough water can also help you outsmart your menopausal fat cells. Hunger is often confused for thirst, so you should make sure to sip water throughout the day.