Posted on April 22 2014
As women age, losing weight can feel next to impossible. If you share in this frustration, you are definitely not alone. In fact, starting at age 40, the human body’s metabolism slows at an average rate of 5 percent every ten years. That’s right: You could be exercising the same way, on the same diet and eventually begin gaining weight without the right modifications. Neuroscientist and the Director of Research at the Daniel Amen clinics, Kristen Willeumier, has focused her work on understanding how the female brain functions and how certain processes correlate to weight loss. According to Dr. Willeumier, “The female brain is significantly more active than the male brain,” which means it can be prone to more “psychiatric issues such as anxiety and depression.” Knowing this, female bodies may be contributing to urges to overeat or other eating disorders. With this, we often find that the cycle of daily stress can add to our potential to gain more weight. As Dr. Willeumier suggests, it is important that we get to know our brain.
Keep your brain on its toes:
- Make sure to feed your brain with the proper diet that is rich with omega-3s and coconut oil to help keep anxiety and depression at bay.
- Hydrate your brain with plenty of water to flush out toxins, which will in turn make weight loss easier.
- Rest is not only important to weight loss, but also your brain’s overall level of activity. If your brain is running on all cylinders all day and night, how is it supposed to function at 100 percent when you really need it? Daily meditation or a weekly massage can help relax your body and mind enough ensure you are able to jump back into whatever stresses you have in your life.
- Don’t allow your brain to rely on routine. You need to train your brain by switching up your routines, starting new challenges, learning something new or just doing a daily crossword puzzle. These simple changes can help expand your brain’s capabilities instead of relying on a single pattern of day-to-day activities.