As we age, our metabolism decreases, making the body more susceptible to weight gain.
According to the Australian nutritional author Lee Holmes, our diet, stress level and hormonal status contribute to developing unwanted kilos in different areas, particularly the stomach, thighs and buttocks.
Speaking to FEMAIL, the holistic chef revealed the cause of the weight gain in each part of the body, and what we can do to combat it.
Australian nutritional author Lee Holmes (pictured) said that our diet, stress level and hormonal status contribute to how and where we gain weight
According to Lee, the weight gain around the thighs, hips and buttocks is due to a hormonal imbalance.
"If your estrogen is out of balance, you may be more likely to gain weight in this region," he said.
– A hormone test could be done to determine where your levels are. "If you are nearing childbearing age or you are approaching menopause, your hormones fluctuate naturally, which is why women often get full during this period."
Lee recommended eating hormonal balance superfoods such as avocados, broccoli and salmon to maintain a healthy weight.
He also said that sufficient protein intake and regular exercise will keep weight gain in the thighs and hip area at bay.
"Excessive carbohydrate and sugar intake can lead to significant weight around the stomach," Lee said.
"Looking at cortisol levels is also important when it comes to stomach fat, since excess cortisol causes you to maintain a large weight around the abdomen.
"If cortisol is out of sync with other hormones, it can begin to increase weight gain around the middle and face, in addition to causing additional growth of facial hair."
While cortisol is a useful hormone for coping with stress and also contributes to the regulation of blood pressure, it is important to keep the volume to a minimum when eating foods such as dark green leafy vegetables and pomegranate seeds.
It can also be reduced by breathing techniques, yoga and meditation.
According to Lee, gaining weight in the back of the arms (commonly known as bingo wings in women) is a natural progression and part of the aging process.
"From a personal perspective, what really helped me is body brushing," he said.
"I brush every morning in the shower to get rid of those stubborn little fat deposits." The massage is also very good, as is the deep exfoliation.
"Simply by manipulating your fabric, you will really notice the difference, especially when you combine this with lifting light weights several times a week."
Lee (in the photo) swears by body brushing and massage to get rid of the unruly bags of fat on the upper part of his arms
& # 39; Eating too many calories will lead to a new increase in fat, especially if you consume significant amounts of fatty or fried foods.
"A diet lacking in lean protein will also lead to unwanted weight in the upper and lower back," Lee said.
LEGS AND LOWER ANKLES
Lee explained that pregnancy and fluid retention in general can cause unusual weight gain around the legs and particularly in the ankles.
"If you are not pregnant, you should observe your sodium intake: too much salt in your diet can contribute to problematic fluid retention, and you should check with your doctor if you are concerned."
In general, Lee stressed the importance of good intestinal health to keep weight to a minimum.
Green vegetables are an essential component of a healthy diet, and Lee recommends things like onions, green beans, asparagus and dandelion root to maintain good intestinal health (stock image)
"A lot of female weight gain is caused by problems with your hormones, and to make sure that your hormones are working properly, you must maintain good intestinal health," he said.
& # 39; To do this, I would like to see foods rich in probiotics like kimchi and sauerkraut. Kombucha is fine in moderation, but many brands contain too much added sugar and too many preservatives.
"Something less discussed is the importance of prebiotic foods such as leeks, onions, green beans, asparagus and dandelion root: they are excellent for stimulating a well-balanced microbiome."
The nutrition expert also said that the shape of your body can make you predisposed to weight gain in certain areas.
Apple shapes are prone to gain about half the body, while pear shapes will more easily gain around the hips.