Here's how you can prevent middle age weight gain

Weight gain is a common cause of distress during this phase in life
Both women and men complain about midlife weight gain. But women often attribute the weight gain to menopause. The hormonal changes that occur during the midlife transition can wreak havoc on your body.
But is weight gain during midlife inevitable? Scientists have studied the changes that women go through during this time, and their research provides clues about how to maintain your weight or achieve weight loss during menopause.
Is weight gain in middle age inevitable? Researchers have studied the link between weight gain and menopause. Many studies have confirmed that menopausal and postmenopausal women are likely to gain weight and have larger midsections than women who have not gone through menopause. But the reason why this weight gain occurs is not clear.
One research study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology questions how different factors such as age, menopause, and lifestyle changes account for the weight gain often experienced by midlife women. They studied the activity levels of over 3,000 women across the US. They found that by remaining active, many women prevented weight gain.
In another study where both men and women were studied over the course of 20 years, researchers found that those who maintained a very high level of physical activity experienced smaller increases in BMI and waist circumference.
So what really causes midlife weight gain? In addition to the hormonal changes that happen in women’s bodies during middle age, consider some of the other life changes that often occur
  • To achieve weight loss or to prevent weight gain during menopause, stay active and eat a healthy diet. If your lifestyle begins to change as you age, try to keep physical activity and portion control at the top of your priority list.
  • When kids move away from home, use your extra time to exercise. Join a gym, organise a hiking or walking group, or learn a new sport.
  • If you have more time to entertain, learn a few healthy cooking tips and share low-calorie, low-fat meals with friends and family.
  • Travel and leisure activities can include exercise. Many travel companies specialise in active vacations. Instead of laying on the beach, bike, hike, or paddle through your favorite tropical destination.
Prevent weight gain during menopause
  • Kids move away from home
  • Decreased workload around the house
  • Retirement
  • Increased travel
  • Increased interest in leisure activities
  • Increased time for social activities, such as cooking/entertaining/dining out
  • Change in life priorities, slower pace in life
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