All through their lives women continuously
struggle to keep their weight in the levels
they feel comfortable with;
either for health reasons or for appearance
or due to social pressures.
As the years go the body goes through
various stages, so women try to either
lose or gain weight according
to the pattern each time.
In respect of the age, body frame and
height, the ideal weight varies among
At an older age being a little overweight
is healthier than being thinner or even
at normal weight;
and being a little overweight women
are not at any greater risk for mortality.
Female fat cells are larger and more
active than their male counterparts.
They also tend to keep growing in
size and numbers as we move to the
middle years and until the age of
more or less sixty.
This is because during the peri-menopausal
years, between forty and sixty approximately,
female hormone levels decline.
Therefore, the more fat cells the more
oestrogen is produced in the body to
balance the shortage;
so we can keep healthier physically
As a consequence, gaining more weight
in mid life is actually the body’s
mechanism to safeguard our overall
wellness as our bodies change.
The key to a healthy life as we age
is to take the necessary steps to
A) Do not diet because this will cause
more problems and weight gain.
B) Keep active as much as possible.
C) Eat five to six small meals
during the day.
D) Eat protein and healthy fats with
E) Reduce your stress levels and try
to be happy.
In the post-menopausal years the
body’s fat cells become more stable
and your weight will start decreasing
The formula to a healthy life is
general fitness not fatness.
The most important thing is who we
are and not how much we weigh.
We must embrace our maturing
bodies together with its changes,
and enjoy our journey through
to mid life and beyond.