February 8, 2023

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Carbohydrates and Weight Loss – Why You Need Healthy Carbohydrates During Menopause

We all know that midlife weight gain is a very real and potentially frightening experience. I am writing to tell you that if you don’t get enough healthy carbohydrates in your diet you will gain weight and you will wreak havoc on your hormones during your entire life, but especially during menopause.

Healthy carbohydrates are a crucial part of your diet because they maintain your mood and provide you with necessary energy including muscle power and brain activity. If you are in a bad mood, you feel tired and your brain has gone to mush, you might not be menopausal, you’re just starving yourself with your ridiculous diet- or you are menopausal, and you’re making your symptoms worse with your diet.

Complex (healthy) carbohydrates are converted to sugar in your body in much smaller amounts and at a steadier rate than bad carbs. Therefore, your good carbs will cause less insulin to be produced. In other words, you will feel satisfied longer, more energetic and you’ll be in a better mood (your children, coworkers and significant other can thank me later) if you eat good carbohydrates.

Good carbohydrates are high in fiber. The more fiber we take in, the more your excess estrogen will leave your body through your digestive system. I can hear you saying, “Don’t we love estrogen? I thought you said it was necessary for 300 bodily functions.”

My response is, “I am talking about the excess estrogen that you don’t want; the kind that causes belly fat and increases your risk of getting breast cancer.”

Bad Carbohydrates

• White pasta
• White rice
• White sugar
• Potato chips
• Pastries
• Cookies
• Candies
• Muffins
• Sodas
• Bagels
• White potatoes

Good Carbohydrates

• Vegetables
• Legumes
• Fruits
• Whole grains
• Nuts
• Seeds
• Brown rice
• Whole grain cereals (with no added sugar)
• Beans


Cutting out all carbohydrates is not a good weight-loss strategy at midlife (or at any time). A low healthy carb diet will cause physical stress which will increase your cortisol levels which leads to loss of muscle tissue and an increase in your belly fat.

It will also decrease your healthy levels of testosterone which affects your libido. Also, you will feel depressed and irritable which may lead to an increase in cravings and overeating. In addition, it will allow the excess estrogen in your body to float freely, causing belly fat and an increased chance of breast cancer.