My title is so unclassy. Seriously, my fat belly and classy senior sister just don’t seem to go together. However, in reality it’s during our Senior years that our figures start to change because of the belly fat.
What Happened to My Figure?
As we age our metabolism naturally slows down and total body fat gradually increases. Hormones and hormonal changes as well as stress can affect belly fat accumulation.
So you see ladies, we grow up, we’re young and beautiful, all parts of our bodies are firm and in their proper places. Isn’t it amazing how we could go braless and not give it a second thought about hanging?
Breast feeding has literally suck the life out of our firm uplifted breast. This doesn’t happen to all women though, some ladies exercise, wear a bra to bed, and wear a girdle to flatten the tummy.
I’m not sure if those techniques actually worked.
What Happened to My Figure? – Ask Menopause!
Body fat distribution changes during menopause, which causes more fat to be directed to the abdomen. Women with a waist measurement of more than 35 inches are more prone to disease risk.
During menopause, estrogen levels decline—you gain belly fat. Estrogen loss is in fact, the main driver of menopausal weight gain. (see, I told ya)
Side bar: Estrogen is the primary female sex hormone that is responsible for the development and regulation of the female reproductive system and secondary sex characteristics.
Visceral fat is another name for fat that accumulates around the middle of the body. This fat is stored within the abdominal cavity.
It’s located near several vital organs, including the liver, stomach, and intestines. It can also show up in the arteries.
Visceral fat is extremely receptive to exercise, diet and lifestyle changes. With each pound you lose, you lose some visceral fat (I can personally attest to that).
The stress hormone cortisol, can increase how much fat the body stores. So reducing stress in your life can make it easier to lose it. Practice meditation, deep breathing and stress management tactics.
Add to the stress management a well-balanced diet. Eliminate processed, high-sugar, high-fat foods from your diet and include more lean products, vegetables, and complex carbs like sweet potatoes, beans, and lentils.
Blame It On Carbs – not so fast!
Even though I personally blame menopause for my belly ills, eating badly means it’s probably partially my fault.
Carbs can make us fat..so I use to think. Actually, eating high protein and low carbs will allow you to lose weight; but, is it healthy and how long can you eat that way
Taking in carbs while getting our protein from meats may not work well together in terms of having a healthy body. On the other hand, increase your carbs and get your protein from plants may help you to lose weight and become healthier.
I personally changed my eating lifestyle by cutting out dairy products and meats; ate good carbs and plant based foods to get protein. I later found that I needed to take B6 supplement everyday.
Not everyone is going to want to give up meat. Frankly, I understand. I gave up meat as an experiment. The more I read about how animals are treated and injected with antibodies and steriods, the longer I stayed away.
Gradually I ate meat again, but I bought organic or grass fed. After going plant based, my meat consumption is not like it was before. I can be satisfied with my green vegetables, fruits, beans, and other carbs.
Belly Fat Burning Diet
I can do it, so can you (I believe, therefore I have spoken). I still have more to lose. To be honest, I cheat by getting caught up in eating somethings I shouldn’t, like cheesecake. I’m still maintaining my weight loss even though I eat sugary and high simple carbohydrates occasionally. There is hope.
By These Books
How Not to Die is a must read. The author gives us evidence based nutritional guide. How Not to Die Cookbook is the follow up for those who want to make that change.
You can eat with intention. Be intent on eating healthy, and reduce the sedentary lifestyle.
What Say You?
Are there any Classy Senior Sisters out there who have experienced good success with loosing weight…..especially around the middle? Lend us your wisdom and experience in the comments section below. I welcome your comments!
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Be Blessed Everyone and Be a Blessing
PattiB, the Classy Senior