Are hormones really responsible for weight gain in women over fifty?
According to recent research at Mayo Clinic, women in their perimenopausal years (the years leading up to menopause) experience shifts in weight, averaging a weight gain of approximately one pound every year. This perimenopausal period usually ranges from the age of forty-fifty and sometimes beyond these years. What is interesting is that this research has determined that this weight gain experienced by perimenopausal women is not necessarily due to hormonal changes. Factors such as aging, lifestyle, and body composition all play a significant part in this weight gain.
Battle the bulge!
How can women stop this weight gain, also known as the middle-aged spread? Well, there are a lot of diets, and some are weight loss schemes. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration describes the weight loss business as money making, and estimates that Americans spend millions of dollars yearly in weight loss products. Our society puts so much emphasis on being small, looking thin, weighing less, etc. But a healthy way to lose weight is to begin a weight loss plan that is sensible and tailored to your specific needs.
Diets that promise a weight loss more than 2 pounds per week are the pitfall to people gaining weight back. The faster you lose the weight, the more likely your chances are of gaining that weight back. This loss and gain of weight is called diet cycling, also known as yo-yo dieting. The reason this happens is because of homeostasis, the body's defense to maintain an equal energy balance in the body. Diet cycling, also known as yo-yo dieting, is unhealthy. In fact, researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle Washington have conducted studies with findings indicating that there is a link between diet cycling and a weakened immune system.
Recommendations from the pros
To prevent diet cycling, the American Dietetic Association (ADA) recommends a weight loss of no more than 2 pounds per week, not favoring low carbohydrate diets or starvation diets. They suggest a well-balanced diet, one with a caloric value tailored to both your present body weight and your target weight loss. They recommend all diets to contain vegetables, fruits, starches and meats (which can be substituted with other protein sources). Also, since exercising maintains good health and increases metabolism (which is a requirement to lose weight), the ADA strongly encourages dieters to exercise twenty to thirty minutes, 3-4 times weekly.
Don't be fooled with the moneymaking schemes of weight loss. Begin a healthy diet plan, one that contains the right amount of calories and adequate exercise. The United States Department of Agriculture has provided a new food pyramid for guidance with dieting. Atlanta has several weight loss gyms/programs to help you meet your weight loss goal. For example, Curve Centers provide 30 minute or less workouts, tailored individually to meet the needs for your weight loss. LA Fitness Clubs are available throughout the Atlanta area as well; offering various workout routines on a daily basis. And then there is Weight Watchers, a weight loss program considered one of the most successful because people are able to eat some of the foods they like and still lose weight. Weight Watchers is even available on line for those who do not have time to go to weekly meetings.
In 2014 look to be healthy first and lose weight sensibly. If you are approaching menopause or if you are going through menopause you should be in contact with your physician on a regular basis to help you make the transition and allows your physician to detect any possible abnormality. Besides, any significant change in weight (up or down) may be indicative of thyroid diseases. And please remember to consult your physician before you begin any diet and/or weight-loss program because you will definitely need proper guidance and direction.
Never forget that fast weight loss is always short-lived! Losing weight slowly is not only the proper way to lose weight but it is the key to keeping the weight off! Also, getting rid of cellulite may be difficult but it's not impossible! Set your goals and proceed to make healthy changes in your life; there is no better time than now!