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of muffin tops and menopause
I don’t blame all of my issues on perimenopause. Just the big ones.
Because I tend to share TMI, you may know that I still have my period even though I’m turning 55 in a few months. My gynecologist, who I adore but who is about 20 years younger than me, laughs every time I complain, and says, “Oh, Lois, you’re not the oldest patient of mine who still has it.”
Okaaaay, but that doesn’t really make me feel better. Winning that title was never on my bucket list.
Although I’ve probably been going through perimenopause for about five years already, I know I’ve been very lucky not to have experienced hot flashes or night sweats.
But the mood swings and the weight gain … Oh, the weight gain.
Over the past few years, the numbers on the scale have been steadily creeping up. To call what’s going on around my stomach area “a muffin top” is an insult to muffins and a cutesy dismissal of a real problem. It looks and feels more like a life preserver – which, ironically, is pretty much the exact opposite of what it is.
I’ve learned that weight gain is almost a given for women my age since our body chemistry completely changes during menopause, and fluctuating hormones can result in hard-to-lose extra pounds.
So when Estroven invited me to try their new Weight Management dietary supplement, I was definitely interested in finding out more about it. I am not a pill popper, though, so I had to really research its ingredients, safety and effectiveness first, and find out what the experts were saying.
Here’s why I decided to try it:
* The ingredients are naturally-sourced. I checked them all out on the National Institutes of Health website (which is a great resource) and discovered that clinically proven soy isoflavones and black cohosh help reduce hot flashes and night sweats, while proprietary Synetrim CQ balances serotonin to help safely manage weight.
* It comes with an eight-week Changing Ways Workout Plan that is practical, presented in large type and geared toward beginners. The featured exercises focus on age-specific concerns like addressing our joints and increasing our sense of balance. Best of all, those exercises are demonstrated by a woman who looks like one of us rather than a skinny young supermodel. I tried a few of them and can assure you that the modified ab workout delivers on its promise to make you “sore and happy.”
* You take one capsule with breakfast and one with dinner, so it’s easy to remember to take them every day. (Memory loss is another symptom of menopause.)
Estroven sent me a month’s supply, and I’ve been taking the capsules twice a day for the past few days. They say it takes most women 8-10 weeks to see benefits, so I’m hoping to get another bottle when I finish this one, and will report back to you then.
I’m hopeful that Estroven Weight Management will propel my current diet and exercise program, and that the muffin top will ultimately be transformed into a flatbread.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Estroven. The opinions and text are all mine.