Visiting a weight loss clinic is a hard topic for most women in their later years; however, regaining that weight can have negative health effects, even if the weight is less than before. A recent study tested research and risk assessment on a group of post menopausal women. The majority of women who lose weight had gained the weight back after a year had passed. While the weight was less than before, they were at a greater risk to cardiovascular problems than at a higher weight.
When the weight is regained, even if the weight is less than before, it has more negative effects on a woman’s health than before the weight loss. The team of researchers determined that woman’s health and risk factors were actually larger than before they lost weight, particularly post menopausal women. The guiding factor that helped conclude the researchers assumption of risk factors included: HDL and LDL cholesterol, blood pressure, insulin, fasting glucose and triglycerides. The numbers gathered by the researchers after they had regained weight proved that women had a significantly higher risk than before they lost weight.
The study was conducted on post menopausal women that were above the age of 50. These women had went through an intervention program to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle; however, after a year, two-thirds of these women had partially regained the weight they lost. The lost weight was rarely equal to the previous weight but averaged 16-18 pounds. The total weight lost was on average 25 pounds. After the weight loss, they regressed into their previous habits and began eating primarily bad foods and regained mainly fat; furthermore, they had decreased their physical activity level, which was lower than during their weight loss routine. The second risk assessment showed that they had a higher risk level than their previous assessment.
This does not mean that women should stay fat to maintain their health. It shows that post menopausal women are prone to larger problems if they regain the weight they lost; the primary problem being the gained weight is added fat rather than muscle. The solution is staying on top of the lost weight and considering it as a permanent recognition of a new lifestyle. The new life style should incorporate all of the weight loss elements. A healthy lifestyle should not end when the participant is less fat than they were previously. It should continue indefinitely to enjoy all the health benefits of a healthy lifestyle.