16/10/2012 10:42 BST | Updated 26/10/2012 12:25 BST

4 Ways To Avoid Post-Menopause Weight Gain (TIPS/PICTURES)

Earlier this year, a study suggested that losing weight becomes substantially more difficult for women post-menopause.

Natural declines in energy expenditure cause older women to find weight-loss methods become less effective, according to research by the University of Pittsburgh.

So, if the diet and exercise combination isn't working, how can ladies in this age group maintain a slim figure?

A recent study of 481 heavy-weight and obese women in their 50s by US researchers has found four major eating habits can help fight menopausal weight gain.

To find out which eating habits are linked to weight loss after menopause, watch the video above.

Here are more foods women may wish to avoid during menopause