"I was just having alcohol and pasta all the time," she said. "And then I sort of hit an eating wall."
Despite losing 11 of the pounds she'd gained, Paltrow said doing so wasn't as easy as it had been previously, a fact she attributed to both her age and her positive COVID-19 test early on in the pandemic.
"The snap-back that I used to have, if I gained some weight and I wasn't happy, I could quickly eat really well for a couple days, exercise a lot, and it would all be gone," she said. "And that was not happening over the past year."
"I've noticed over the last couple of years that my metabolism has slowed down. I know a lot of that is perimenopause," she continued. "I'm 48 years old and women tend to lose up to 30 percent of their metabolic speed once they enter into this phase of life. So I know some of it is that. Some of it is because I got COVID."