When we get older, our bodies undergo numerous changes. Hormonal fluctuations, changes in chemical balance and metabolic rate make a great influence on our appearance and well-being.

Have you ever noticed that most women gain several pounds, while aging?

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Weight gain is often considered as normal part of aging. Even those, who had enviable lean, model shape in the 20s, find it difficult to maintain usual weight with passing years.

The problem is not only about unattractive folds on your waist and inability to fit into your favourite dress. Extra weight can bring a lot of harm to your health, as it increases risks of heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and kidney failure.

Most women begin to accumulate fat close to menopause.

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Numerous studies were conducted in order to understand, why do our bodies become plumpier with age. According to the data, the reason is probable about these factors:

#1. Changes in estrogen - in the middle age, levels of sex hormones shift. When estrogen drop down, women tend to accumulate fat around the waistline. This “visceral” fat builds up around internal organs too, increasing risks of serious health problems.

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#2. Increased appetite – one study found that levels of hunger hormone ghrelin are higher in women around menopause. In addition to this, substances, which normally signal about fullness (leptin and neuropeptide Y) don't function properly in this period of life. This often results in overeating and cravings for high-calorie foods.

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#3. Loss of muscle mass – your muscles use calories, even when you don't lift weights. The more muscle mass you have, the higher is your metabolic rate. With aging, we lose this muscle mass that results in lower calorie expenditure. So, if you take the same amount of calories, as earlier and don't add more exercises, chances of gaining weight are high.

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#4. Lack of exercises – older women are not as active, as younger. Sedentary lifestyle, lower metabolic rate and increased appetite lead to weight gain. Add more aerobic activity and strength exercises to stay lean and healthy for many years. Specialists recommend performing at least 150 minutes of moderate activity (brisk walking) or 75 minutes of strenuous activity like jogging or running a week.

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#5. Low mood – women in menopause often feel depressed because of the fact of aging. Decrease of estrogen plays a role in mood swings too. Depression is associated with raise of stress-hormone cortisol that commonly leads to overeating and weight gain.

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The BetterMe Team wants you and those close to you to live a healthy, happy life! Your health is a valuable thing; look after your body and your mind so that you can live your life to the fullest – Remember you only get one!

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