why do i keep gaining weight, is it age?
I've struggled with weight for a good portion of my life. In my 40s, I finally found balance. I have been athletic and driven my whole life. I did the weight watchers points program about 6 years ago, lost 15 pounds and put about 10 back on, did it again and took off about 8, and again and took of 8 again. I am an avid gym goer, I never miss a workout, I lift weights three times a week and do some form of cardio 3 -4 times a week. I walk, I swim, I kayak, I hike, you name it. I am a fish eating vegatarian and I'm careful about my diet. I eat no sweets and I limit my bread intake. On weekends I might indulge in extra bread, cheese, and I do drink a good bit of red wine as it is my lone vice. I drink it with most meals. I've been at a good weight but I just can't keep the weigh off and when I gain weight it's weird.
I'm now almost 45 and exercizing as vigorously as ever, trying new things, never missing a workout, and I just keep gaining weight. I'm done nothing different, but I can't keep weight off my body. I'm not "fat" per se, I'm very muscular but not lean enough for most of the definition to show through. I spontaneously gain weight. I've been to the doctor, tested for anything you might think of - thyroid, etc. I don't have fibroids, no tumors but I do have a new feature... a belly, which I've never had.
I travel a lot for work overseas, I'm always careful. I'm growing tired of taking away from my free time to exercise, of gettin g up extra early or finding a gym anywhere when I'm on travel, only to gain weight. I can see that my body is sporting a new coating of fat. I don't starve myself but I control what I put in my mouth. I'm usually between a size 6 and 8 but all my clothes are tight and I can just simply see that there is extra fat on my bod.y. I feel so disgusting and disgusted. What am i supposed to do, I've tried every diet trick I normally try to drop 5 pounds, nothing works anymore. I simply can't do much more activity.
Do i simply need to just starve myself to keep my goal weight. I'm so frustrated, irritated and disgusted. Does anyone have a clue what might be going on? I know I"m getting older but I am careful about everything and exercise like a madwoman.