If you are in the age group of 35 to 55 and you are gaining a few pounds then you need to be cautious. This is mid life weight that you are gaining and you need to change your lifestyle in order to prevent gaining these pounds. Most women believe that it is a part of aging and thus do not get alarmed when they start gaining the weight.
However, if celebrities like Tina Turner, Cher and Madonna can maintain their figures and not gain excess pounds, you can to. In my opinion women must care for themselves even in mid life in the same way they did when they were in their teens. Taking care of your diet not only helps to keep you fit; it also takes care of your skin and keeps you energized.
Most women lead a lifestyle where the work out of the house all day, return in the evening to take care of the household chores and the children and spend the entire weekend attending to the needs of the family. This leaves them with little time to exercise and take care of themselves. This is what needs to change first.
In order to avoid gaining pounds you need to follow a strict diet and exercise regime. A lifestyle that is characterized by lack of physical activity as well as poor nutrition will lead to weight gain and obesity.
Though most women believe that crash diets helps to loose weight and opt for these diets before important events; research has proved that these diets are not always successful and in most cases it actually leads to one gaining a few pounds at the end of the diet.
Instead of dieting middle aged women needs to eat smaller meals frequently during the day. A diet that is rich in lean meats, fresh fruits and vegetables and low fat milk and milk products will constitute a well balanced diet. Cook all food in olive oil and eat fresh fruits and vegetables as often as you can.
It is extremely important for middle aged women to exercise. In order to get a few minutes of physical activity one must take time out for themselves. If you are unable to do so then you must enroll in a yoga class or dance class; these techniques give you a good work out and help to keep your weight under control.