Wednesday, January 10, 2007

What Does a Woman Have to Do to Lose Weight?

Women And Weight Gain

By Susan Megge

Most women can’t compete with the images we see all around us – from sexy, beautiful young models on magazine covers to gorgeous, hot middle aged housewives who call themselves desperate. This leads many of us to believe that these women have tools available to them that the rest of us don’t. To this I say “Not so, my friend.”

You see, so many women blame their weight on the fact that they’ve had children. Well, guess what – having babies doesn’t make you fat. Sure, you may gain some weight during pregnancy, and in some cases it can even be close to 100 pounds, but the majority of women have the ability to lose all of their “baby fat” within a year of giving birth.

If you’ve had children and have not lost all of your weight, or perhaps continue to gain weight, unless you have a medical condition contributing to your current size, there’s only one reason you may weigh more than you’d like, and it’s quite a simple explanation: You’re eating too much and moving too little – period. It’s that simple. You see, if you want to lose weight you need to burn more calories than you consume.

Depending on your age, you may be thinking that weight loss is impossible because you’re getting older and noticing a large amount of flab around your mid-section. If this is an accurate scenario in your case, I’ll cut you some slack because there’s a legitimate reason for women gaining weight as they get older. As you approach the menopausal years, your hormone levels decline, which will result in most women noticing a spare tire even if they’re not overeating. So, what’s the solution?

No matter what your age, if you’re overweight you must cut your caloric intake and get more physical activity. For more mature women – those approaching forty and beyond – it’s crucial to build muscle because as you approach menopause your body loses muscle mass, as well as bone density. We all need muscle to burn calories so it’s important to perform weight bearing exercises to achieve a lean and toned body.

If you’re a woman who wants to lose weight, please know that you can easily achieve this goal. It doesn’t matter if you’ve had several children or even if you’re getting older and approaching menopause. If you pay attention to what you’re eating and exercise regularly, you will have the body you desire and before you know it you’ll be excitedly slipping into that smaller size dress you’ve been dreaming about.

About the Author:

Susan Megge is the founder of http://www.40isbeautiful.com, a website designed to assist women as they start to experience weight gain associated with getting older. Susan, a health and fitness expert started experiencing these symptoms several years ago and researched various avenues to deal with them naturally.

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