|Visceral and Subcutaneous Belly Fat Credit: Randy Salas|
Scientists have long known that lower estrogen levels after menopause can cause fat storage to shift from the hips and thighs to the abdomen. Now, a groundbreaking study, co-authored by the Mayo Clinic, has determined why: Proteins, revved up by the estrogen drop, cause fat cells to store more fat. The study also revealed a double whammy: These cellular changes also slow down fat-burning by the body.
Read more about Mayo Study Finds Explanation for Postmenopausal Belly Fat.
Read the actual study abstract and details: Adipocyte Fatty Acid Storage Factors Enhance Subcutaneous Fat Storage in Postmenopausal Women.
For another opinion on the results of the study, read Mayo Clinic Study on Low Estrogen and Weight Gain Unclear.