Weight Gain After Forty

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

When Weight Gain Rears its Ugly Head After Forty


If you experience a weight gain after forty, it's more likely due to a decrease in activity coupled with a lax daily diet. However, if you experience a sudden weight gain, please see your doctor as quickly as possible.

Hidden health issues may be contributing to the weight gain, such as diabetes, hormone imbalance or even allergies. While slow weight gain isn't good - it needs to be approached much differently that rapid weight gain.

The good news is that no matter what age after forty that the weight gain occurred, it can come off and generate a healthier YOU.

As we grow older, the body will naturally slow with age.

It's simply nature at work. We can attempt to erase wrinkles and act as young as we possibly can, but we're ageing every day that we're alive. And no one is likely to get off this good earth alive.

Therefore, we should embrace each day and enjoy it to the fullest. And you can still do that, even when you're watching the foods and drinks that you eat. Cutting back and obtaining your recommended weight will allow you to feel better and look your best - no matter what age that you are at.

A good way to approach weight loss is to view it as an opportunity to lose weight rather than a chore. There is much to be gained by a healthy diet; the only thing that we'll lose at is losing those unhealthy pounds. And keep that in mind, too - that pounds may be 'unwanted pounds' but more accurately, they are 'unhealthy' pounds.

One caveat: Dieting can often lead to weight gain.

Huh? What? And shut the Diet Door.....

Yes, it's true. Dieter Phil may drop 10 pounds, then a year later he discovers that he not only found those 10 pounds, he's also picked up 5 more pounds along the 'weigh'.

Many dieters often trick themselves into thinking, "I've lost ten pounds once before - so it's a piece of cake. So I'll have a bit of fun and not be so careful about what I eat.  I'll reward myself for now, then swiftly take off the ten pounds like I did last time."

When they end up with more than the 10 pounds to lose, they often diet and get all the weight off. However, that familiar scenario appears...

"I've lost forty-five pounds once before - so it's a piece of cake. So I'll have a bit of fun and not be so careful about what I eat.  I'll reward myself for now, then swiftly take off the forty-five pounds like I did last time."

In Summary

Whether we define this situation as yo-yo dieting or simply Diet Boomerang OR Diet Failure, weight gain isn't anything that any of us want to experience.

Therefore, when striking out on a weight loss plan, be certain to stick with the plan until reaching your weight loss goals. And be sure that those weight loss goals are realistic - because you don't want to do the yo-yo thing unless you're using the real thing.

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