If you’re a woman 40 or older, sudden weight gain can occur seemingly out of nowhere. As your hormones begin to change, metabolism slows down and your body begins to store more fat. What you used to do to maintain your weight doesn’t seem to work anymore. No matter how hard you exercise, you still seem to put on pounds. So what specifically is causing you to gain weight?

Sudden Weight Gain Female: What Causes it?

Believe it or not, the main cause of female weight gain is stress. Many doctors and weight loss gurus tell you that lack of exercise is your main issue. While exercise can make you feel good and help in other ways, it can actually contribute to stress. 

Your brain often can’t distinguish between exercising to lose weight and danger. While you think you’re running to get healthy, your brain thinks you’re running from a threatening situation. This can cause your body to hold onto fat for safety. Retaining fat is your body’s natural survival mechanism.

Many of us are also led to believe that we gain weight by consuming too many calories. The truth is, not all calories are the same. For instance, the type of carbohydrate known as glucose doesn’t hinder weight gain. However, consuming too much fructose can cause fat storage or metabolic syndrome. This means that even if you’re counting calories, you can still gain weight based on what type of calories you’re eating.

Why am I Experiencing Sudden Weight Gain in Stomach and Thighs?

Unhealthy eating is another major reason women gain weight. Eating processed or industrialized fats causes major inflammation and imbalances in blood sugar, insulin, and cortisol levels. These foods create added stress in the body which causes sudden weight gain in stomach and thighs. Eating real foods like proteins, vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats and oils can reduce these imbalances. This allows the body to relax and burn off fat naturally. 

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