Women need to and tend to gain weight during the time of pregnancy. Though gaining a ‘healthy weight’ during pregnancy is normal and essential but many middle aged women tend to gain ‘extra’ pounds. Losing the extra weight becomes a struggle as nurturing a newborn is the top most priority for women who then are left with very little time for their fitness. And as a woman ages it gets tougher for your body to be tamed into action due to various hormonal changes which occurs naturally in a female body. After the age of thirty-five women tend to gain weight or find it difficult to maintain a healthy weight.
Weight gain with age generally occurs due to:
In women, there is tendency to gain weight before the onset of menopause due to the hormonal changes occurring in the body. Estrogen production may not be balanced with progesterone leading to weight gain and the thyroid gland may start functioning erratically giving rise bloating and fluid retention. After the age of thirty, a woman gets busy with her children and tending to her family needs which leaves a little time for her fitness. Stress levels also increase as the family grows and a working woman will have added worries in her kitty. Stress can be from death of a parent, marital problems or any other family or work issues. The same diet which was taken during younger days will not work anymore as the body starts processing the same foods in a different way now. The body is not as efficient in processing carbohydrates now which will add to weight gain. A diet with small portion of carbohydrate but rich in protein and other essential nutrients will be good for healthy eating. Erratic and unhealthy methods of dieting or crash diets may do more harm than any benefit. Low intake of calories will slow down your metabolic rate further adding to weighty issues.
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