Why am I gaining weight?

Two things happen to women mid-life: their biological metabolism slows down and hormone levels change, both of which can lead to an increase in weight gain. Two hormones in particular are known to affect weight gain: estrogen (that declines), and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) (that increases).

As well, women often decrease their exercise and movement levels, may eat more and drink more alcohol, and their quality of sleep decreases. All of these factors combined can cause weight gain, particularly around the middle – called central adiposity. Weight gain is not inevitable – simple actions such as walking 30 minutes daily and paying extra attention to healthy nutrition can help manage this impact.


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