There have long been discussions about the links between menopause and weight gain. But an expert thinks it’s actually a “perfect storm” of factors that contribute to the accumulation of pounds, revealing that one particular dieting technique may be detrimental to long-term weight loss.

Women’s health expert Jackie Lynch, founder of the WellWellWell Nutrition Clinic, pointed out that the popular yo-yo dieting cycle can impact women’s ability to lose weight when they reach menopause.

According to Healthline, yo-yo dieting can increase a person’s body fat percentage at the expense of muscle mass and strength.

This can lead to other health risks, such as fatty liver disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease.

Experts suggest making small but permanent lifestyle changes to break the frustrating cycle of weight loss.

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She said indulging once in a while would make a minor difference, but added: “It depends on how often.

“Making a cheat day every weekend is a waste of time.”

And while having a cheat day once in a while is okay, one every week “isn’t going to bring things down if you’re looking to lose weight.”

Mindful eating consultant Emma Randall told the BBC that wanting a cheat day can also be “a reflection of having a very restrictive and unpleasant diet”.

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Jackie explained that the human body is genetically programmed to prepare for survival.

If a person stops eating, the body begins to store “everything”.

“[This] makes it much harder to lose weight,” she said.

Jackie went on to explain that if women are “in a state of chronic stress,” their bodies are going to promote fat storage, especially around their midsections.

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