Great News for women! A recent, well designed study showed that menopause or blood estrogen levels do not clearly determine the rate middle-aged women are able to burn fat at rest or during exercise.
“It’s a common misconception that estrogen deficiency following menopause impairs women's ability to burn fat”, said lead scientist Jari Karppinen. The study performed at the Gerontology Research Center and the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences of the University of Jyväskylä is part of the Estrogen, microRNAs and the risk of metabolic dysfunction (EsmiRs) study.
This study found that the influence of menopause on fat utilization is likely minor compared with other factors such nutrition (what you eat) or fitness (your exercise program).This study showed that Fat burning during exercise or at rest in a group of postmenopausal women did not differ from women who had not yet reached menopause or were using HRT.
The study involved 42 women, 26 of whom had passed menopause.More good news ladies, is that previous research has shown the ability to burn fat while exercising improves with training even after menopause.What is the metabolic booster for women?
A strong focus on resistance exercise and building muscle helps prevent unwanted weight gain during ageing, particularly in women. Just ask Dianne Cullen.
Have a great week!