I had the midsection spread. I had women asking me when my baby was due and I was NOT pregnant! That is so devastating. I changed my diet right after that! I will discuss how this happens and how to fix it.
What caused the midection spread:
Muscle loss, lower metabolism, and an increase in white fat all play a part in causing waist lines to grow as we age. Also people exercise less and add stress-eating to their routines, and it becomes much easier to gain weight compared to when we were young and could drink and eat more crap.
But, once we turn 40, our metabolic rate (ability to burn calories) drops. We lose muscle tone. We get stressed out and eat more calories than we need, despite needing to eat less calories and work out.
I have also written about how the new ways that wheat is grown and processed is bad for people’s midsections, hence the book written by a medical doctor, called “The Wheat Belly.” I do think that once I cut wheat MOSTLY out of my diet and tried to stay away from products primarily made with it or from it, then my midsection decreased substantially. And if I eat wheat products, my stomach distends hugely.
How to fix the spread:
We just cannot eat the way she did in her our 20s and 30s and we need to make a change in our lifestyle and steer away from foods rich in carbs and calories, and also stay away from the stress-eating time period between 3 p.m. and 12 a.m., when energy levels drop (and women in particular tend to overeat).
But is it ever possible to remain the same weight you once were in your 20s? Yes, but exercise is key. I weigh what I weighed in my 20s right now since I changed my eating style and added more exercise. Consume less calories, less sugar, less carbs. More protein, more vegetables, more salad, more portion control, eat less, more often (6 times a day).
Palm of the hand-sized protein choices 6 times a day, 2 small servings of fruits per day (a cup), 4 small servings of vegetables a day (avoid starches), salads twice a day, drink water all day. No (low) sugar products. Keep carbs within 50g to 100g per day. I personally avoid wheat products and rice now. A piece of toast is allowed once or twice a week. Exercise at least 15- 20 min. per day or a few hours a week. Always eat breakfast and every 3-4 hours–another protein! And seriously, watch those carbilicious wheat products, and if you must some–go for Gluten-free.