The body begins to change from birth! But the periods when the body and figure change the most are adolescence and peri-menopause, that is to say for most women between 40 and 50 years old. Not only weight but also body fat, tend to increase annoyingly. Between the ages of 20 and 40, women put on an average of 10 kilos and after 40, 50% complain of gaining at least 3 kilos more.
Hormonal upheavals, aging, successive diets… After the age of 40, kilos become inevitably more difficult to lose.
Causes of weight gain at age 40
Women get fatter mainly because of the hormonal changes associated with this time of life. Too much or too little estrogen causes weight gain. Basic metabolism slows down: the older you get, the fewer calories you need. Stress also plays an important role and women often have good reason to be stressed in their forties:
Teenagers who are not always easy, aging parents, demanding work… Chronic stress induces a flow of cortisol which stimulates insulin, which in turn encourages fat storage, especially in the abdominal region. If you lose weight at a young age by watching yourself for a few days, over the years, the “weight loss machine” may tend to seize up slightly, especially if you multiply your weight gain and then loss. And after the age of 40, if we have often become accustomed to a series of small (or large) diets, the body has become over time as more “resistant” to deprivation:
it gets fatter more easily than before (especially if we are less active), and the kilos cling on, becoming more and more difficult to dislodge: we have the impression of “gaining” more easily and losing… much more difficult! Moreover, it is even easier to yo-yo because the body has learned to function with fewer calories (by decreasing what is called its basic metabolism), but then it stores in its adipocytes the slightest excess or cracking.
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