5 Ways To Alleviate The Top 5 Causes Of Weight Gain and Aging Skin

As a person who has spent many years helping others to restore their health, I know that looking and feeling good is an essential part of living a healthy and happy life.


You know the picture of health: young looking with a trim figure and an easy smile. Undeniably, being healthy has many wonderful benefits. Healthy people have youthful movements, glowing skin, and look great in the clothes they wear. It’s much easier for them to make friends, get a job, and even get out of a speeding ticket. Ultimately, slimmer and healthier people of all ages attain a joy of feeling good, having energy, and being confident. This all makes them much more attractive as they radiate happiness. It’s no wonder why everyone wants to look great and live a long, happy, and healthy life, not that is merely without disease.

Tribella Woman 2 - Valeriya LifeSadly, many women feel frustrated by the effects of aging, such as weight gain, belly fat, wrinkles, and body pains. No matter what they do, the results of their efforts never seem to last. The truth is what worked at age 30 does not work at age 50. Just as important as understanding the changes that happen to your body at 50, is learning how to combat these changes and prevent your youthfull appearance through smarter lifestyle.

From the onset of menopause symptoms, to coping with the changes that come with years of having this condition, many women find themselves unprepared for the things that they must face. Considering that nearly 1/3 of a woman’s life is spent in menopause, I’ve purposely dedicated my research on how to prevent premature ageing and restore health and appearance in aged women. 

At age 30, women start progressively gaining weight, mostly in the midsection. At 40, the energy level gradually plummets, and pains and aches emerge, not to mention cravings for bad food. At 50, the frustrating moments of “brain fog”, a feeling of impending doom, and difficulties with memory complicate daily living. The skin starts losing its natural glow while lines and wrinkles are creeping up and taking over the face and neck. For many women, the effects of aging on the skin are exceptionally devastating, not only to one’s physical appearance but also to self-confidence. However, experts say that people over 50 can make themselves look younger than their age. 

As somebody who has lived through the aging process and tried various strategies for improving my health and appearance, I have found that the anti-aging diet I developed based on science and research truly changed my life and look for the better. I will share top 5 problems that accelerate aging and some solutions to reverse age and get in shape. If you’re like me, you probably want to stay slim and young forever. If you feel that healthy, fit body and younger appearance are not a privilege anymore but a necessity to keep up with the insanely fast pace of the word, then you can start changing your life right away. 



5 Ways To Alleviate The Top 5 Causes Of Weight Gain and Aging Skin


1. Effects of the abundance of food on weight gain

2. Nutritionally compromised food and metabolic syndrome

3. Muscles mass and caloric adjustment

4. “Sugar” wrinkles

5. Belly fat and hormonal disbalance



Modern lifestyle

As you get older, your body ages faster than your mind. But the connections between your brain and body are strong, so when one starts to decline, the other does too. Your lifestyle, including food choices, physical activity, stress management, sleep habits and diet can either accelerate or slow that aging process.


1. Effects of The Abundance of Food on Weight Gain

We’ve all been there. We’re looking for a quick fix to our weight loss problems, and it is easy to get caught up in the hype of the newest program or diet that promises to make things easier. They tell you they have the secret to losing weight fast and easy, and your body will transform with minimal effort on your part. But they are selling false hope and mendacities. Science proved the best weight loss program is the one that mirrors our ancestors’ feeding pattern.

In contrast of people today, our ancestors did not consume meals three times a day with several snacks, every day. Instead, they had extended periods of fasting. In the era of the abundance of food and the modern lifestyle, fasting does not occur. A three-meal diet and unending snacking are so ingrained in our culture that a change in this is rarely considered by people. However, animal and human research on fasting revealed profound effects on metabolism and anti-aging benefits on health and the life span.  During fasting, your body repairs itself: it removes damaged molecules and proteins and repairs broken DNA. It switches metabolism from using glucose for energy to using ketones from stored fat. It also helps your body to better handle the toxic byproducts of metabolism.

Facts: Our bodies are designed to handle periods of starvation. Thousands of years ago, our ancestors would have gone without food while hunting, and when meat was eventually procured, it would have been consumed in large amounts. Quickly digested sugars from carbohydrates are stored in the muscles and liver as glycogen, although this store can only be sustained for about 24 hours without additional intake. If carbs aren’t consumed for longer than that, your body will use other energy sources, particularly from the fat storage.

Researchers have found that restricting the availability of food has anti-aging effects. These processes stimulate brain function, resistance to stress, loss of abdominal fat, reduction of inflammation, and prevention of cancer. Despite the proven health benefits of fasting and its superiority among weight loss techniques, our culture of quick eating gets in the way of adopting this eating method. You may also thank fast food culture for your supersized waistline. You probably notice how aggressively big fast-food companies market their value and convenience to you by targeting your busy lifestyle. The paradox is it’s expensive to eat cheap food. When you consider that those fast-food costs include doctor visits, medications, and the worsened quality of life, that cheap burger and soda might start to taste a bit expensive.

You may have tried resolving your issues on your own, but in some cases, it’s more effective to look for help from a health coach. And it’s never too late to start! Valeriya Life’s Improve Your Aging Potential Program is a weight loss program that will help you to successfully integrate healthy intermittent fasting into your daily life. People who practice this type of intermittent fasting see results quickly, including reduced obesity, increased insulin sensitivity, reduced hypertension, and reduced inflammation. Research shows, intermittent fasting improves memory and cognitive function in humans and also slows or reverses the aging process and disease processes. Overall, you’ll consume less without feeling hungry or deprived.This will support your energy level and better appearance.

Are you looking to lose weight and stay healthier longer? Struggling to adopt healthier eating habits? Hire a health coach. My program, Improve Your Aging Potential,will help you lose weight and transform your health and appearance. I’m here to help if you need advice.

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Here are a tip for avoiding snacking and maintaining a balanced diet on a busy schedule:

  • Plan your meals at least one day per week, and ideally two to three days.
  • Plan your lunches and dinners before you even go to the grocery store. This will not only save you time but also money.
  • Completely concentrate on a solid nutrition for at least three months and you will see great results. The first goal is to eliminate snacking! 


2. Nutritionally Compromised Food & Metabolic Syndrome

Eating too much sugar is the main cause of weight gain. It also leads to a slew of other health problems. Many people are unaware how dangerous sugar is to their health and how pervasive it is; sugar is in so many foods, not just candy and soda. Many of us unknowingly consume too much sugar in our daily diet. We get added sugar from fruits, dairy, sauces, processed foods, packaged foods, supplements, vitamins, and drinks.

We consume excessive amount of sugar while we don’t realize how much of hidden sugar come to our body with fruits, dairy, sauces, processed food, packaged food, supplements, vitamins, and drinks.

Did you know that table sugar, made of fructose and glucose, leads over time to insulin resistance, fatty liver, and metabolic syndrome? If you experience any of the below symptoms, avoid all forms of added sugar and replace those empty calories with healthy fats and complex carbohydrates:

  • Uncontrollable cravings for sugar and feeling of hunger, 
  • Growing belly fat, 
  • Accelerated muscular dystrophy, 
  • Periods of anxiety, 
  • Sleepiness and fatigue after the meal, 
  • Overall weight gain, 
  • Hypertension, 
  • Puffy face and double chin due to the water retention, and 
  • Body inflammation. 

Know what you’re eating! Table sugar contains fructose and glucose, which have been linked to insulin resistance, fatty liver, and metabolic syndrome.


3. Muscles Mass And Caloric Adjustment

After age of 30, it’s especially important to reduce your carbohydrates’ calories as the muscle mass naturally decreases. And what many don’t know is that once you pass through menopause, you lose 40% of your muscle tissue. Most women also report feeling exhausted. Also, we lose muscles (sarcopenia) when we are less active because of age-related health conditions, such as arthritis. Cumulatively, these changes in muscle mass cause a significant decline in our metabolism. A problem is when we have less muscle mass, we burn fewer calories and we don’t adjust our consumption of food accordingly — and so we end up gaining weight. The underlying decline in testosterone production causes muscle atrophy. This can be reversed through strength-training exercise. My favorite workouts for busy people include short, 5-minute mini sessions you can squeeze into your busy day. You can keep a dumbbell next to your computer and exercise your arms every hour. If you only have time to a workout 3 days in the gym, then focus on full-body exercises instead of focusing on one or two muscles. 3 times per week is better than nothing!

  • As muscle mass naturally decreases after age 30, it becomes important to eat less carbs as the body burns fewer calories. The amount of lean muscle tissue naturally declines by 3 to 8 percent per decade after age 30.


  • Muscle mass decline accelerates after menopause. This can cause a reduction in calorie burning. If you do not adjust your caloric intake as your muscle mass declines, you may end up gaining weight.


  • Always adjust calorie intake based on your muscle mass & age.

As muscle mass decline accelerates after menopause, women should make a point of staying away from glucose and fructose. If you make this a goal during your perimenopausal years, you’ll be better prepared when it’s time to balance your slowing metabolism postmenopause. It can take up to a decade after menopause for some women to get their weight under control and stay there. Unfortunately, many women are not ready for this change when it happens. To keep your life enjoyable, you can switch from table sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, and sucralose to xylitol, fruit monk sugar, stevia, and erythritol (sugar alcohol). They taste great, have 0 to minimum calories and low insulin index.

Absolute freedom from sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, and sucralose is a must!


4. “Sugar” Wrinkles

Did you know that sugar can cause wrinkles, sagging skin and loss of elasticity? When sugar binds with collagen and elastin — the main structural proteins found in skin, bones, ligaments and the connective tissue that support all organs in the body — it inhibits their functions and reduces fibers’ elasticity. This process is called glycation. The skin and connective tissue develop fibrosis and become stiff. Glycation products destroy collagen matrix while accelerating skin thinning and wrinkles formation. As the skin gets thinner, the sunlight causes more damage to the collagen and accelerates wrinkle formation and age spots. 

Grandma was right: Sugar is bad for your skin. Glycation happens when sugar molecules – glucose and fructose – link up with protein chains in collagen and elastin, the main structural proteins in skin and connective tissue. The result is inflexible skin and wrinkles, as well as diabetes and cancer risk!

Unfortunately, once sugar binds to proteins in your body’s cells, the bond is permanent and cannot be broken. But you can fight glycation by doing smart fasting to create more blood cells that trigger autophagy—the natural process of “cleaning up” old proteins and cell structures—and by eliminating all sugars from your diet. This will support your skin health and appearance.

  • It is possible to eliminate glycation through a fasting-induced process called autophagy. If you stop eating simple carbohydrates earlier in your life, you will be more likely to age healthier and slow down wrinkles.


  • Eating a sugar-free diet is one of the mostimportant things you can do to preserveyour skin’s youthful appearance. Glycation—the process of proteins bonding with sugary molecules—is irreversible.


  • Sugar cannot be removed from your skin once it is damaged. However, you can prevent further damage by not eating sugar and by fasting.When you don’t let sugar stick to your skin, you make sure that less of its protein gets damaged. And you get closer to skin healthy enough not to wrinkle prematurely.

The other strategy to minimize glycation is cutting back on foods that are grilled, fried, or roasted. These preparations create advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) in the food, which also can damage your body at a cellular level.  Try incorporating herbs and plants, such as garlic, ginger, oregano and cinnamon, into your diet that help to minimize the glycation of your body’s proteins. This is called “anti-glycation.” Eat enough fiber. On average, Americans consume about 4 g of fiber daily, instead of needed 24 g.  Your beneficial gut bacteria like fiber and helps you feel more satiated with the healthy food to stop irritating cravings. Finally, make sure to read food labels for information about the type of sugar and the carb net. If you want to keep your youthfull look, start policing “added sugars”.

If you need a more structured environment to achieve your anti-aging and weight-loss goals, you can enroll in our Improve Your Aging Potential Weight Loss Program. Some of the things we focus on in this program include helping you learn how people develop insulin resistance and fatty liver, the kinds of damage it does to your body, and how to slow down the aging process. More importantly, we will equip you with the tools that make your transition to a new lifestyle more enjoyable.

Call us today to book your free initial consultation. Our program educates clients about high insulin levels that lead to a condition known as metabolic syndrome, which includes high triglyceride and cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, and abdominal fat.



5. Belly Fat And Hormonal Disbalance

Have you ever wondered why women cant’s lose weight as easily as they have in the past? Or they now have immovable belly fat they never had before. One common reason is a hormonal imbalance. These imbalances are particularly common reasons why mid-life and peri-menopausal women can’t lose weight as easily as they did when they were young.

Middle age is prime time for putting on pounds. The average weight gain during the transition to menopause can range from 5 to 10 pounds and rapidly increase during menopause. Hormones are key players in regulating weight, metabolism, blood sugar, insulin, and when and where the body stores fat. If you have difficulty losing weight despite dieting and exercising, if you have weight gain with belly fat or in hips and thighs then you are most likely experiencing hormonal disbalance.

When we reach middle age, the level of the anti-stress hormone DHEA begins to decline while production of the stress hormone cortisol is repeatedly stimulated by the consumption of sugar, exposure to stressful circumstances, such as long work hours, and poor sleep. Research has shown that cortisol plays a significant role in abdominal fat around our waists. It’s no surprise as we age, our bodies become less resistant to stress and, eventually, can develop adrenal fatigue.

When estrogen levels drop in women, it can lead to mood swings and memory impairment. Estrogen imbalances are associated with hot flashes, decreased sex drive, bone loss, and increased health risks. It makes sense that it can be hard to stick to a healthful lifestyle if you’re feeling confused, irritable, and anxious. In addition to declining levels of estrogen, progesterone production drops at menopause. This condition is what also promotes weight gain in the hips and thighs, water retention, and a slow metabolism. A slow metabolism can interfere with the body’s ability to break down and remove estrogens, leading to a highly toxic buildup of estrogen in the liver and fat as well as accumulation of fat. Fat cells can also produce estrogen signaling your body to store more fat and creating a vicious cycle of problems. 

After age 40, 8 out of 10 women develop a sluggish lymphatic system. This is due to large estrogen and fat molecules (which are like a traffic jam that slows down the lymphatic flow). A slower lymphatic system makes it harder to lose weight. In addition, dieting becomes less effective. Women with excess estrogen in their liver and fat can significantly support their lymphatic system and fat loss results with supplements such as EstroDIM, by doing skin dry brushing, or getting advanced treatment like LPG Endermologie. Lymphatic system stimulation and clean-up support a better estrogen metabolism as well as less water retention. As a result, a healthier lymphatic system will facilitate better fat transportation to the bloodstream (and then to the muscles) where it can be burned as fuel. This in turn helps rid the body of stored toxins that have been stuck in fat cells, as well as mimicking some of the negative effects of estrogen. It makes body cells more efficient metabolically.

Is your belly a heart threat? Calculate your waist-hip ratio. While standing, wrap a tape measure around your waist about midway between your lowest rib and the top of the body part of your hips.

  • Write down the number.


  • Then measure your hips around the widest part of your buttocks.


  • Divide waist by hips.


  • If the number is 0.9 or higher, you have obesity, and your metabolic risks are substantially high.

In conclusion, I want to emphasize that insulin resistance and fatty liver, as dare consequences of our modern eating habits, are the two biggest health damaging factors that affect your body’s appearance. I believe this is why you need to stick with a single nutrition plan, based on fasting and sugar-free diet, and focusing on building muscles and stress management in order to fight aging.  Finally, surrounding yourself with people who are healthy and happy helps you stay healthy and happy, as well.