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Introduction: A Non-Issue (Almost)

Discussing the topic of weight-gain, or any health issue in Singapore, is rather unusual. Singapore is one of the healthiest nations in the world. Their healthcare is highly efficient. Singapore has the 4th highest life expectancy rate in the world. And in matters of weight and obesity, it has an adult obesity rate below 10%. Overall, many native Singaporeans know that their quality of life is the best in all of Asia.

Despite such stellar living standards, obesity and weight gain still exist here. After all, humans are prone to unwanted weight gain at times. Obesity is still a problem here. It is especially embarrassing to be overweight in countries where the obesity rate is low. This is because it is not as accepted and ‘natural-looking’, BECAUSE it is uncommon.

This means that obesity and unwanted weight gain in Singapore makes native Singaporean women stand out. And the unwanted attention that follows is nerve-wracking and depressing for many people. And this article is written for those women that struggle with weight problems, and how to combat them.

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  1. The Causes of Weight Gain – Known, and Unknown.

Known

Let’s discuss the causes of weight gain, and why it happens. Through understanding the underlying problem, you understand the solution. Many Singaporeans know at least the basics of the body’s metabolism. They understand that their body is affected by what and how they eat, and how often. And it is affected by exercise and fitness.

Not So Known

Because Singapore is such a healthy nation, food intake is unlikely to to be a factor of weight gain in Singapore. The Singaporean cuisine is healthy and nutritious, as Singaporeans know. What they may not know, however, are the cause of weight gain the average woman can’t control.

Many of these include most of the bodily changes that women go through both during and after menopause, including pregnancy. These processes include pregnancy itself, gestational diabetes, menopause itself, and PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome). Needless to say, being a woman is difficult.

  1. How A Woman’s Body Affects Her Weight

Pregnancy

It isn’t a secret to many women that they gain weight during pregnancy. But they don’t know that it happens because the body retains more of it’s fluid intake than it otherwise would. It becomes especially apparent during the first few weeks of pregnancy. This retention of fluid also causes swelling in the hands, feet, legs, and face. And there is nothing can can be done to prevent this – it’s all a natural process.

How Exercise Can Combat Weight Gain During Pregnancy

However, women can control and limit weight gain during pregnancy. And it is done through exercise. A small-to-moderate amount of exercise a week will help with curbing access fat accumulated when a pregnant women binges on food.

Speaking of binge-eating, pregnancy increases the body’s metabolic rate, and the demand for blood and oxygen. This also creates an even heavier demand for calories, as the body is now feeding two people at the same time. This causes women to eat more than they normally would, which increases calorie intake. And ultimately, these calories are what accumulate into fat.

This is why it is important for pregnant women to exercise in order to combat additional weight gain. Even with the increased calorie demand, there is still an accumulation of fat in the body. This is due to a more inactive and sedentary lifestyle that pregnancy demands. While women should exercise during pregnancy, they shouldn’t try to exercise too much.

Of course the baby and its development will limit the intensity and range of exercises that can be done. But a light-to-moderate aerobic exercise, of increasing-to-moderate intensity should be enough to burn off these extra calories and prevent unwanted weight gain.

  1. How Other ‘Womanly Problems’ Contribute to Weight Gain

Unfortunately, pregnancy isn’t the only body change a women goes through that can bring unwanted weight gain. Hormonal imbalances caused during menstruation and the pre-menstruation cycle can also cause weight gain.

This happens because such hormonal imbalances can cause cravings, just like during pregnancy. It also causes increased fluid retention inside the body. And like pregnancy, the solution to these problems is a healthy and moderate amount of exercise. You can’t prevent them from happening, but you can moderate and control these side effects.2

Finally, Gestational diabetes is largely the product of weight gained during pregnancy and causes additional weight gain. Preventing said weight gain through exercise will play a large role in preventing the onset of Gestational diabetes.

Conclusion

Because of Singapore’s high quality of living and excellent health, obesity and weight gain are rare for Singaporeans. But it can happen. And when it does, it can be rightfully embarrassing, and make Singaporean women stand out uncomfortably.

One of the biggest causes of weight gain in women around the world is pregnancy and menstrual cycles. This is true even in Singapore. And the reasons why weight gain happens during these processes are often misinterpreted, and poorly understood. Thus, the few women in Singapore that struggle with weight gain are naturally amiss about what to do.

Fortunately, while you can’t control the symptoms of menstrual cycles, premenstrual cycles, and pregnancy, you can control and limit the weight gained during them. With moderate and healthy amounts of aerobic exercise, women in Singapore can alleviate and wait out this temporary weight gain. This will allow them to retain their natural body shape and stay healthy.