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Health.com: Fat-Proof Your Life

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Fat Trap: Perimenopause/Menopause

Welcome to arguably the toughest "fat patch" of all. We’re due for an average gain of 12 pounds within eight years after menopause, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have shown.

And fat burning plunges by 32% in post-menopausal women, possibly due to a drop in estrogen, reports a study in the International Journal of Obesity.

"You burn on average around 150 to 250 calories fewer per day," says lead study author Jennifer Lovejoy, PhD. Fight back with these expert fixes.

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