8 Factors That Contribute to Weight Gain

Available for Interviews: Dr. Mimi Secor 

Dr. Mimi Secor is a fitness and health advocate passionate about helping women lose weight and feel great, and is the author of Healthy & Fit at Any Age: A Guide to Creating nutrition, exercise, and mindset habits for busy women!

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Weight Gain and the Age Factor

Here are some of the few things we need to know about weight gain and why age matters:

  1. Metabolism. As we age, our metabolism slows down (unless we exercise and lift weights). This is because we begin to lose muscle mass after age 40. If we continue to eat the same amount, we will gradually gain weight. This also explains why, as we age, it is more challenging to lose weight. We lose weight more slowly, and sometimes we are unable to lose weight.

  2. Yo-Yo Dieting: Another factor relates to yo-yo dieting. The more our weight fluctuates over the years, the more stubborn our metabolism can become. This can make losing weight increasingly difficult and frustrating.
  3. Stress: As we age, we also often experience more stress which raises our cortisol levels. High cortisol levels have been linked to increased storage of calories and fat and can interfere with efforts to lose weight.
  4. Sleep Issues: Poor sleep is also more common as we age, and this has been linked to weight gain and can interfere with weight loss efforts.
  5. Reduced Activity: Reduced activity as we age is also common and can make it harder for people to lose weight as they age.
  6. Alcohol: Many people drink excessive alcohol, which can impede weight loss efforts. Alcohol is a poison, and the metabolism of food dramatically slows down until the body processes the alcohol. This pattern can lead to the storage of food calories as fat.
  7. Mindset: Mindset is also a major reason people find it hard to lose weight as they age. Unfortunately, as many people age, they develop a myriad of excuses as to why they are unable to eat healthily and exercise. The most common are; I don’t have enough time, I’m too tired, I don’t have enough money, I’m too tired or don’t have enough time to food prep, I’m not a morning person, I don’t know where to start, It’s too complicated, I lack confidence in myself, I’ve tried so many times before, I start strong then relapse back to past bad habits, etc.
  8. Unique to Women: Women often notice a change in their metabolism after pregnancy, perimenopausal, and post-menopause. Changes in hormones associated with these reproductive events can impact metabolism, making weight loss more difficult.


Interview: Dr. Mimi Secor

Dr. Mimi Secor, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, is a Nurse Practitioner, Educator, and Health & Fitness Advocate specializing in Women’s Health for over 40 years. She is a sought-after national speaker and consultant who has been featured in numerous local and national media outlets and is still actively educating advanced practice clinicians and consumers worldwide. She is the author of the #1 International bestselling book, Debut a New You: Transforming Your Life at Any Age, and the newest title: Healthy & Fit at Any Age: A Guide to Creating nutrition, exercise, and mindset habits for busy women! is now available.

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