Lose Your Menopause Belly by Shawna Kaminski is a short book that is jam packed with consumable and powerful information and action steps for women who seek to lose their belly fat and become healthier.
Shawna explains that as we age, our anti-aging hormone or human growth hormone naturally decreases. This is called somatopause, and is often to blame for aging issues we experience. The first outward symptom is increased belly fat. The best way to counteract this is to naturally increase HGH levels, which can be achieved through a moderately intense workout.
Choosing the right type of exercise is important, and higher intensity exercises will burn calories for an extended period of time even after you’re done exercising; this is called excess post oxygen consumption. Additionally, you are also building resistance and strength.
Shawna also shares a few key ideas from her book, including:
- Using the HALTS (hungry, angry, lonely, tired, stressed) methodology in staying mindful of the eating choices we make.
- Incorporating the 10-minute rule for when you don’t feel like exercising, but committing to at least 10 minutes of activity which will get you moving and hopefully encourage you to finish.
- The snowball effect of encouraging small changes in diet and exercise over time to begin seeing positive results and encourage forward progress.
Shawna also warns that the scale is not the ultimate measure of health, as it doesn’t account for body composition. A combination of numerous measures such as one’s complexion, blood work, and how one feels may be better metrics. Shawna recommends approaching goals with a focus on the process rather than outcomes, as one always has control over the process itself.
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