Jeans feeling a little snug? There’s a good chance you’re staring to notice an extra kilo or two, particularly around the waist. The explanation is simple and there’s an equally simple solution: as your body gets closer to perimenopause, oestrogen levels drop - and your metabolism dips too if you don’t exercise regularly.

Stress may also be a factor, as tension triggers the release of cortisol, causing the storage of visceral fat. One effective belly-flattening strategy is eating protein. Discover how much of it you need to prevent muscle loss and get you fitting into your jeans in no time in the March issue of Prevention. On sale now.

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