Good news! Aging does not have to equal weight gain. Women do tend to put on a pound a year in their 40s and 50s, but it’s more likely due to a drop in activity rather than hormones.
However, hormonal changes can shift your body composition, so any pounds you do gain tend to land in your middle. Find out how to stay slim, reduce menopausal symptoms, and cut the health risks that can rise after menopause.