Kickstart Weight Loss With This 5-Day Plan For Menopausal Women

Are you struggling to lose weight as you go through menopause? You’re not alone. Many women find that their metabolism changes during this time, making it harder to drop the pounds.

The best diet for menopause includes enough protein, healthy fats, and a moderate portion of complex carbohydrates. Foods included in this diet are anti-inflammatory and promote gut health.

This winning combination helps you balance your hormones, control your hunger, decrease anxiety, and reduce inflammation. Weight loss is much easier as a result.

The Basics

Foods to Include

The best diet for menopause includes all food groups to provide your body with the nutrients you need. However, it requires a combination that can promote hormone balance.

Well balanced meal

The key is to include these in all meals:

  • Enough protein (aim for 15 to 30 grams per meal)
  • Healthy fats (aim for 10 to 20 grams per meal)
  • A moderate amount of healthy carbs (approximately 1 cup)
  • Veggies or fruits

Choose Anti-inflammatory Foods Most of the Time

Inflammation and excess weight form a vicious cycle, making weight loss much more difficult.

When inflammation and excess weight are present in the body, the hormone leptin is altered. This hormone tells the brain when it is time to eat and when it is time to stop eating. It also lets the brain know when it’s time to speed up or slow the metabolism.

Inflammation can also lead to insulin resistance, which often results in weight gain. But it gets worse when this weight gain further promotes insulin resistance and more weight gain.

Add Foods Rich in Prebiotics and Probiotics

Early research suggests that an unhealthy gut is associated with increased fat, decreased metabolic rate, and insulin resistance. So, healing your gut might help with weight loss.

Moreover, probiotics are beneficial in reducing inflammation.

So you can see why adding probiotics and prebiotics to the menopause diet is a good idea.

Best Foods to Enjoy in the Menopause Diet

Considering the above information, here are some of the best foods to have in the menopause diet:


Animal proteinLean turkey, chicken, and fatty fish (salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel)
Plant-based proteinLegumes:
Navy beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, black beans, and other dry beans
Chickpeas, green peas, lima beans, and lentils


Nuts and seedsAlmonds, cashews, chia seeds, hazelnuts, hemp seeds, pecans, walnuts, and flaxseed
Healthy fatsAvocados, avocado oil, coconut oil, MCT oil, and olive oil


Barely, oats, buckwheat, millet, quinoa, brown and wild rice, sweet potatoes, and sourdough bread

Vegetables and Fruits

All vegetables and fruits fit into this diet. However, including the following will provide additional anti-inflammatory benefits.

Cruciferous vegetablesBroccoli, Brussels sprouts, red and green cabbage, and cauliflower
Leafy green vegetablesArugula, collard greens, dandelion greens, kale, mustard greens, spinach, and Swiss chard
Deep yellow or orange vegetablesAcorn squash, butternut squash, carrots, orange and yellow bell peppers, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes
Other vegetablesMushrooms, tomatoes, garlic, onions, leeks, asparagus, jicama root
FruitApples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, cherries, grapes, pineapple, strawberries, oranges, mandarins, grapefruit, peaches, plums, pomegranates, raspberries, and watermelon

Herbs and Spices

Cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, ginger, garlic, cayenne, black pepper, basil, oregano, cumin, thyme, clove, and cinnamon

Other Healthy Additions

Sauerkraut, kombucha, kimchi, and miso

Foods to Limit

In the menopause diet, we are limiting all foods that promote inflammation and are high in calories and low in nutrients.


  • Added sugar
  • Sugary beverages
  • Processed food
  • Junk food
  • Fried food
  • Candy
Foods to limit: sugar


  • Alcohol
  • Coffee

Now, let me put it all together for you.

5-Day Meal Plan

Start with a tall glass of water in the morning every day.

Day 1

Breakfast: Avocado toast made with gluten-free bread, mashed avocado, and topped with eggs. Coffee or tea.

Lunch: Black bean and quinoa salad* and grilled chicken or an extra serving of beans

*Make enough to use for lunch the next day to save time

Dinner: Honey Turmeric-Black Pepper Shrimp

Snack (optional): A handful of almonds and an apple

Day Two

Breakfast: Turmeric oatmeal, coffee or tea

Lunch: Black bean and quinoa salad or Mediterranean chicken wrap

Dinner: Ultimate anti-inflammatory salad

Snack: A handful of almonds or sunflower seeds

A small piece of dark chocolate (1 square)

Day 3

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with a pinch of turmeric, salt, and black pepper. Serve with a warm corn tortilla and avocado. Coffee or tea.

Lunch: Chickpea-farro salad and plain Greek yogurt with berries (optional: add Stevia)

Dinner: Slow cooker turmeric lentil chili

Snack: Apple with almond butter

Day 4

Breakfast: Smoothie for gut health

Lunch: Slow cooker turmeric lentil chili

Dinner: Lean protein of choice

Green salad with anti-inflammatory salad dressing

Snack: Chocolate-dipped frozen bananas

Day 5

Breakfast: Five-ingredient healthy banana pancakes

Lunch: Salmon walnut beet salad

Dinner: Balsamic basil chicken served with brown rice or quinoa

Snack: Cocktail cucumbers

Greek yogurt mixed with Green Goddess spices or dill, lime, salt, and pepper.

Printable 5-Day Menopause Diet for Weight Loss

Click here to get a pdf copy of this blog post.

Time and Money-Saving Tips

Repeat meals and snacks. For example, make a large batch of chili and eat it for several meals, or eat the same snacks for a few days.

This will help you cook less and reduce the number of ingredients you need to get.

Pillars of Weight Loss in Menopause

During menopause, there are so many hormonal changes that losing weight by dieting alone is hard!

For more successful weight loss, consider working on the other pillars of weight loss for women over 40: sleep, movement, building muscle, decreasing stress, and healing your gut.

Create a lifestyle that makes achieving and maintaining a healthy weight easier. 

My Expert Opinion

Following a well-balanced, anti-inflammatory diet can help with pesky menopause symptoms. The Menopause Diet 5-Day Plan to Lose Weight is the perfect way to get you started on the path of healthy eating and weight loss.

Also, make weight loss easier by considering the other pillars of weight loss. 

Give the Menopause Diet 5-Day Plan a try today, and get on the road to achieving your healthiest self.

Good luck!

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