Wellness Coach Deborah Kesten explains why it is challenging for women to keep the figure they had when they were younger.
Weight is a challenge for most of us women. As we get older, particularly 40, 45 and 50, on a few levels. One, if exercise has not been a typical part of your life, which it isn’t for most of us, how can it be when you are raising three or four children and working, and when do you do that?
When your fat-muscle ratio changes. So even if you weigh the same, there is more fat and the fat distribution is different. So you are looking different and the clothes aren’t fitting in the same way.
The second level is, if you are not exercising and eating optimally over the years, you are also more prone to gain weight and start putting pounds on because of the food you are eating, and then there’s also a hormonal element going on. The progesterone that you produce particularly, the testosterone that you produce, and the estrogen especially that you produce, is having an impact and in terms of the proportions of it changing and the percentages which change throughout your menstrual cycle, that’s why women often crave the carrot cake I was talking about before. It’s calming after a while.
And so, between hormonal changes happening throughout your 40s and 50s and also the lack of exercise and fat-muscle ratio, it’s really, really challenging to keep weight and your, this sounds like a 1950s term, your figure, the way it was when without effort when you were, let’s say 15 years old.
About Deborah Kesten, M.P.H.:
Deborah Kesten, M.P.H., is an international nutrition and lifestyle researcher and educator, with a specialty in preventing and reversing obesity and heart disease. She was the nutritionist on Dr. Dean Ornish’s first clinical trial for reversing heart disease through lifestyle changes, and Director of Nutrition on similar research at cardiovascular clinics in Europe. More recently, she has created the pioneering Enlightened Diet, a “whole person” optimal eating and weight loss program, the results of which were published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing. With more than 200 published health articles, she is the award-winning author of The Enlightened Diet, Feeding the Body, Nourishing the Soul and The Healing Secrets of Food, a comprehensive, evidence-based nutrition program about the power of food to heal physically, emotionally, spiritually, and socially.