Am I Destined To Gain During The Change?  I was always one of those women who could eat anything and not gain an ounce—but now that I’m perimenopausal, I’m worried.  My sister packed on 15 pounds in just four months when she hit menopause, and I don’t want that to happen to me.  Any advice?

Although the average woman gains 7 to 10 pounds during perimenopause (and another 5 during menopause), you can beat the odds.  Research reveals that menopausal women who simply take a daily multivitamin are 8 pounds slimmer than women who don’t.  The reason: A multi supplies nutrients (like iodine, magnesium and vitamins B and C) that rev metabolism, burn fat and keep hormone levels balanced.  It may also help to take a wild yam extract (found in Now Female Balance, at or health food stores).  The herb contains diosgenin, a progesterone imitator that makes up for the hormonal shortfalls that cause weight gain.

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