All of the previous statements are great. I’ll add that women who are menopausal/ perimenopausal are often experiencing more than just the hormonal symptoms. An average menstrual cycle burns approximately 1100 calories per month. When women stop having cycles, their bodies are not burning so many calories and weight gain becomes imminent without a change in their fitness/nutritional regiment. The “same thing” they’ve been doing for years is no longer as effective. They’ll need to either boost their exercise routine (with any FITT principle) or become more aware of their nutritional choices. This is just one component of a complex bodily transition, but it’s something to keep in mind. Good luck to you, Jeff!