The 3 Diets I Used To Lose My Menopausal Belly
Phase One – The Preparatory Diet
When I dieted in the past, I would jump right into it-belly first. This would shock my body. Think belly flop right on my menopausal belly, which is exactly what would happen to me. You won’t be seeing me dive into any body of water. I’m not the athletic type. I walk into water slowly and always at the shallowest end.
Now that I am menopausal, there is no more diving into any diet. I would just end up being frustrated. You see, since I am menopausal that means my hormones are also menopausal. I had to work on my internal chemistry first, I must have internal harmony. Therefore, I had to walk into any diet slowly and from the shallow end.
When my husband asked me, “Vicky, would you just walk into a gym and start lifting heavy weights? No! You have to walk into a diet slowly and correctly. You must prepare the body.” It makes sense. I must move my body from a menopausal fat storing state into a fat burning state, well at least a neutral state. He explained to me that most people, especially those that eat “The Great American Diet,” suffer from a condition called weight loss resistance. This is caused by a disharmony of my internal chemistry. My internal chemistry is governed by my hormones. The primary cause of hormonal disruption is chronic inflammation. Before I could lose weight I had to first decrease the cause of my internal disharmony, chronic inflammation.
The first step I took to decreasing my chronic inflammation was to remove anything synthetic, anything manmade, from entering my body. It’s sad, but 77% of the foods in a grocery store today are synthetic. These foods are made in a laboratory. The first step of The Menopause Diet is to not consume anything synthetic. This reduced my chronic inflammation and my internal chemistry harmonized. It only makes sense. If you place foreign man-made chemicals into your body, your body will attack it.
You see, after menopause, I had a heck of a time losing weight. It did not matter what I did. I joined a gym, I cut my calories in half and I gained 2 pounds. My husband and I discovered that before I could lose my menopausal weight I had to do an anti-inflammatory elimination diet. One by one I eliminated the pro-inflammatory foods from my diet. This gave me back my ability to lose weight.
I have prepared a infographic for you of the foods that I avoided while on Phase One of The Menopause Diet. You can download at the bottom of this page.
Phase Two – The Ketogenic Diet
Once I had reached a satisfactory balance within my internal chemistry, I moved into the second phase of the diet. This is the phase where I would lose my menopausal belly. We knew that I was ready for the second phase, because I was sleeping well. After I had went into menopause, a good night’s sleep became non-existent.
My husband then placed me into ketosis.
To place me into ketosis, he had me eat foods that normalized my insulin levels. What I loved most about this diet is that is was not a caloric restricted diet, but a food restricted diet. I did not have to count calories or points. He restricted me to four food groups, but I could eat all I wanted from these food groups. Let me explain why he had me do this.
Imagine that I just ate a bowl of rice. Did you know white rice has a higher glycemic index than sugar? Brown rice has the same glycemic load than a Coke! Yeah, it’s a super food, but it’s definitely not a weight loss food. After I eat the bowl of rice, my blood sugar rises. The pancreas releases insulin. Insulin moves my blood sugar from my blood to my cells. Within the cells, my blood sugar is converted into fat and stored.
Insulin has a twin hormone called glucagon. Where insulin moves sugar into the cell to be stored as fat, glucagon releases my stored fat to be converted back into sugar. The problem is that glucagon is only released when my insulin levels are low normal. Due to “The Great American Diet” that is high in calories, high in carbohydrates and includes snacking, insulin levels rarely return to normal. They stay high all day; therefore, if I am consuming “The Great American Diet,” I am always in a fat storing state.
To lose fat, I had to eat low glycemic foods. Those are foods that do not spike my insulin. This will cause my insulin levels to lower and this lower level will stimulate the release of my glucagon hormone. Glucagon releases the fat stores. The fat builds up within my blood and the liver must clear it from my blood. It’s not good to have too much fat in my blood. Instead of the liver converting the fat into sugar, it turns the fat into a protein called a ketone body. This shortcut clears the fat from my blood much faster.
During this state, my body starts breaking down my muscles to make sugar. This is called gluconeogenesis. You see, the brain can only be fueled by glucose and ketones. The brain cannot consume fat. Fat cannot pass through the blood brain barrier. Since the liver quit making sugar from the fat, the brain is being fed sugar made from my muscles. This is why you lose muscle when on a non-ketogenic diet.
Once the brain sees that there are enough ketones to sustain it, it switches from eating sugar to eating the ketone bodies. What is really cool about this is that gluconeogenesis stops. This is called ketosis. Once I am in ketosis, I have successfully switched my body from being a sugar burning machine to a fat burning machine. I stayed in Ketosis until I had burned away my fat to my satisfaction.
What I like about a ketogenic diet is that I know when I am in ketosis and when I am not. When I am in ketosis, I lose weight daily. Some days I lose a pound and some days I lose an ounce. Another way that I know that I am in ketosis, is that I am not hungry.
Phase Three – The Maintenance Diet
What’s the use of losing my menopausal belly, if I didn’t keep it off. The Third Phase of The Menopause Diet that David developed for me was The Maintenance Diet. We all have food sensitivities. We had to discover my food sensitivities. Certain foods cause me to inflame. The third phase of the diet is the opposite of the first phase of the diet. The first phase of the diet is an elimination diet. The third phase of the diet is an inclusion diet.
Once I had been in ketosis for several weeks, my body was very clean and lean. To discover which food groups I had sensitivities to, I added one of the food groups I had eliminated in Phase one back into my diet. I discovered quickly my food sensitivities. I would immediately bloat, feel tired and gain weight from the food. The food I was sensitive to were gluten grains and conventional dairy.
This is how we did it. I added dairy the first week, grains the next, legumes the next, nuts and seeds next and so on. If I bloated, felt tired or gained weight that week, I avoided that particular food group. My food sensitivities caused me to inflame, and we all know by now that inflammation dis-harmonized my internal chemistry.
We found that it could even be a food that was Godmade, organic and fresh. All three were very important in my ability to lose my menopausal belly. For example, David discovered that he had only one food sensitivity. It was fresh organic oregano. His two favorite meals were Mexican and Italian. Oregano is in nearly all of these dishes. The oregano would make him feel very tired. He would swell to the point that he could not remove his wedding band.
As far as I am concerned, the third phase of The Menopause diet is the most important. We found that it was very important to create a set point, a weight that is nearly unshakable, a point that pizza and beer can’t even move.
To learn more about The Menopause Diet, I encourage you to speak to me directly. You can click on the button below and that will take you to my schedule. There you can schedule a virtual consult. I will explain to you more about The Menopause Diet and how you can start immediately. If you are like me and want to schedule through a human, you can call us at 1-800-788-7454.
I can’t wait to have a conversation.
Vicky Mac. CHC
HOPE, A Health Optimization System
2937 Veneman Ave. STE A110
Modesto CA 95356
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