You don’t need to worry about little waist fluctuations

Weight swings, waist changes over night

Does it annoy you when your skirt, dress or jeans won’t zip because it seems like your waist is an inch wider than yesterday? Do you remember the 2 kg (4.41 lb) weight changes associated with PMS? When you couldn’t zip your jeans, even when laying down flat on the bed? When your breast was so big that it hurt? When you felt that your size B cup should be upgraded to a C? And then, magically you lost the weight again like over night.

Menopause is not the end of too tight jeans

While you can predict when it will happen when PMS is the cause, in (pre)menopause the waist’s playing yo-yo seems to be out of the blue – unpredictable. At least, I have not found a time increment yet.

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Orvis suede blazer over GNW Luxe sweater with white leather pants, Gloria Vanderbilt pumps, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, and statement necklace (all own)

Water and salts

Have you ever bought 4.41 lbs (2 kg) of lard? It takes a huge volume! It also holds a lot of chemical and potential energy! This means a lot of calories. If you ever have watched your calories, and/or dieted, you know that you can’t loose this much body fat from one day to the other. You also don’t gain such an amount of fat over night.

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Orvis suede blazer over GNW Luxe sweater with Newsport News leather pants, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, and statement necklace (all own)

The cause of your waist playing yo-yo is that your body holds water and/or you are constipated. Thus, it is the same as it was with PMS.

Recall when you go to the sauna you loose about that amount of weight by sweating. However, after you drink your water, your weight goes back where it was before you visited the sauna.

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Back view of business casual outfit with Orvis suede blazer, Newsport News leather pants, and Gloria Vanderbilt pumps (all own)

Staying hydrated and being careful with eating salts helps to avoid holding excess water, but it seems that the hormones keep up to play with your waist in a similar way even when you come into menopause.

The good news

A good thing is that we get rid of the mess and the pain, but it is in exchange for hot flashes and unpredictable times of holding water. A friend of mine who turned 60 last year, told me that she still gets hot flashes every day and her waist still plays yo-yo once in a while. This means the side effects change, but the yo-yo stays with us. We better embrace it and wear our jeans another day as we did before. Thus, nothing new beyond your 40s waist-line wise.

Dressing suggestions for weight fluctuations

On these days, the high-waisted trendy pants or high-waisted pencil skirts are just a pain in the … . Instead wear a loose shirt dress with a belt and use the next whole. Another comfortable option is a shift dress if this style looks good on you. When you wear your boyfriend jeans with the intended “it is slightly too big around the waist because it is from the boy” then they are are a great option too to stay in style, even when you feel “fat” because of the extra weight or better water.

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Side view of office outfit with Orvis suede blazer over GNW Luxe sweater, Newsport News leather pants, Gloria Vanderbilt pumps, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, and statement necklace (all own)

Another point, when you are a size S, the extra weight makes up a higher percentage of your body weight than when you are a size M, L, or XL.

Top of the World Style linkup-party

Welcome to the 52nd Top of the World Style fashion linkup party. Thanks to those of you who linked up last week. You are all so stylish! I can’t wait to see what you are wearing this week.

As usual, the Readers’ Fav OOTD goes to the link you clicked the most, which was Amy’s post. She is the blogger of Amy’ s Creative Pursuits. Laurie from Vanity and Me became My Fav OOTD.

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Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav and My Fav Amy and Laurie, respectively. Photos from these ladies’ posts

Congrats ladies, please grab your respective featured Top of the World OOTD button.

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