Posts tagged weight gain
Some interesting information in this NYT article — and also part of what I was talking about before — that middle age spread that we see creep up. I have personally never been a fan of the BMI metric. I think there are many factors that should be used to see whether someone is ‘fit’. BMI can be a useful tool in an arsenal of tools and information that should be used to evaluate whether someone is fit or not but not THE tool.
A frequent question among people of a certain age, including yours truly, is “Why, when I weigh the same as or less than I did when I was younger, does my waist keep getting bigger?” Phrased another way, the question could be “Why, when my body mass index has not changed, am I fatter than I used to be?”
As I mentioned in an earlier post about taking care of yourself and not letting yourself go — I am sure you have noticed there are many women out there that once they hit premenopause they start to gain weight around the middle area. These are women who never really had issues before — Does it have to happen? I think there are some realities of aging that are just fact, but things like weight gain for no specific reason is usually hormone related and should be looked in to. We women do not have to settle for regular doctors who do not believe in exploring what used to be called ‘alternative’ medicine. There are a whole host of doctors out there that are approaching medicine with the whole mind & body taken into account. They are running tests looking at things that your family doctor didn’t even know to look for — adrenal glands, hormonal levels etc.
So if you see signs of menopause creeping up like the middle age spread, you don’t have to just say — oh well, it’s part of getting older because in most cases — it doesn’t have to be that way. And while this article talks about staying active and paying attention to nutrition — all important things — I also think talking to your doctor or asking some other women in your life about it are worthwhile as well. You don’t have to take getting older lying down, ya know.
As you get older, you may notice that maintaining your usual weight becomes more difficult. In fact, the most profound weight gain in a woman’s life tends to happen during the years leading up to menopause (perimenopause). Weight gain after menopause isn’t inevitable, however. You can reverse course by paying attention to healthy-eating habits and leading an active lifestyle.
If you’re trying to slim down, you’ve probably amassed a menu full of calorie-cutting tips and tricks. So it may come as a shock to learn that many of the ones you’ve sworn by are actually keeping you fat. “In their quest to lose weight, many women unknowingly sabotage themselves,” says Elisa Zied, RD, an American Dietetic Association spokesperson and author of Feed Your Family Right! Here, six well-intentioned approaches to weight loss that can go awry, and the expert and research-proven ways to drop pounds for good.
I found this article interesting to me because I am living proof that this is really the case. When Nate was born – that little bugger did not sleep. He hated to be alone and Scott and I literally had 4 full nights of sleep in the first 8 months of his life. We both became different people – we snapped at one another, had no patience, walked around in an unmotivated fog and gained weight. Sleep is important and never underestimate that –I appreciate every Zzzz I can get.
Scientists have known for years that skimping on sleep is associated with weight gain. A good example was a study published in 2005, which looked at 8,000 adults over several years as part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Sleeping fewer than seven hours a night corresponded with a greater risk of weight gain and obesity, and the risk increased for every hour of lost sleep.
STRETCH: Hip Flexors « STRETCH EXERCISE EAT.
Flexibility is key to achieving optimal performance so make sure to stretch out your Hip Flexors!
The hip flexors (also known as the iliopsoas or inner hip muscles) are a collection of three muscles: Psoas major, Psoas minor, and Iliacus). When flexed, these muscles work together to pull the femur upward.
We did BOSU balancing a few camps back and boy was it an eye opener. You wouldn’t think it would be that hard but it is. I practice balancing as much as I can. You don’t even need equipment. My friend Shannon over at AZ Physix suggested simply balancing on one leg as practice.
When someone mentions core strengthening, most people think, “abs.” But, working your core is not simply about making your abs burn with crunches or even doing planks (for what feels like hours). Core training is about total conditioning for all the muscles that attach to you pelvi
The reason this article/blog got my attention even though it’s not super recent is that I clearly remember Scotty saying he felt like he was in a fog. Not remembering things, feeling just “foggy”. Interesting that they can’t pinpoint who and when chemo patients will experience it. At least it helps to know it’s common.
As more people with cancer survive and try to return to their former lives, a side effect of chemotherapy is getting more and more attention. Its name is apt, if unappealing: chemo brain.