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My Big Fat Life

Friday, September 30th, 2011

I try to avoid writing posts on a single source.  I get a lot of my ideas from the internet, but like any researcher or information source I like to find additional sources to supplement my blog.  I did, however, read a very good article on how life changing events can have a significant impact on a person’s weight.  These events are worthy of mention.  If we understand what causes weight gains throughout our lives it better positions us to control and address those circumstances.

  • Your Big Fat Marriage–I have actually posted on this topic before.  Marriage has it’s costs and benefits (I believe the benefits My Big Fat Life come out on top every time).  Statistically married people have more  sex than single people.  We also have a tendency to eat a lot more and a lot better.  As a result married people gain 6-9 pounds in the first five years of marriage.  Most of this weight comes in the first year.  Our bodies aren’t used to all that good food!
  • Holiday Weight–The average person gains one pound during the holidays.  Ooooohh!!  one pound–I’m scared!  Actually we should be.  one pound may not sound like a lot until you pick up a pound of meat.  Furthermore, that pound may not sound like a lot until you have 15 years of holiday weight gain after you transition into adulthood.  All of a sudden, those 15 years equate to 15 additional pounds.  I can only speak through personal experience, but my problem at thanksgiving is not the amount of any one specific food.  The problem for me is that everyone wants something different.  After the mashed potatoes, the stuffing, the turkey, the rolls, etc., the problem is not that I had a little turkey, a little mashed potatoes, and a little stuffing.  The problem is that I had a little of all that stuff.
  • Weight Gain from Pregnancy–This is not something I have experienced myself, but I could argue that I gained some of that sympathy weight with my wife.  What other explanation could there be for why I got so fat during that time period?  Women obviously have a much bigger challenge since they gain an average of 20 pounds after childbirth over 10 years.  In addition, there is a 7% increase…PER CHILD…that a woman will become obese during her lifetime.  Most women would like to know how to lose weight after pregnancy.
  • Perimenopausal/Menopausal Weight Gain–This maybe one of the sickest jokes of all.  Women have at least some control over the previously discussed issues.  Women will gain an average of 12 pounds within 8 years after menopause.  Post menopausal women burn 32% less fat than their non-menopausal counterparts.

Some of these issues are difficult if not impossible to control.  As I have said before, though, knowledge is power.  If you know these events are coming, and the presumed results, you may be able to mitigate some of these weight gaining events.  Knowledge is power–PRESS ON!

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