Weight loss is hard at any age. It’s even harder as you get older because hormones change, muscle mass is lost, and metabolism slows down when you don’t take action to keep muscle intact. Having the right goals at the right age allows you to both lose weight and feel better at any age.
Dayton Daily News reported that the approach to weight loss needs to change as one ages. Premier HealthNet practicioner Dr. Jennewine said weight loss gets more difficult after your 30s.
“Weight loss naturally gets harder as someone ages. Weight can become more difficult to manage, beginning as early as a person’s 20s, but it really becomes noticeable when someone gets into their 30s and beyond. Men and women both find that what they used to be able to do and still avoid weight gain no longer applies to their life. Suddenly they are starting to put on a few pounds and they aren’t doing anything different than in previous years.”
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Since each person gains weight differently, then a customized approach to weight loss is necessary to achieve your goals. Sex is also another consideration because hormones influence how you gain weight and where you gain weight. Women tend to gain weight in their hips and thighs. Men see the extra weight around their midsection and stomach.
Lean muscle mass and strong bones are an important part of any weight loss plan as you grow older because older people tend to lose both muscle and bone mass as they age. The keys to achieving weight loss include weight training to maintain or build muscle mass and maintain strong bones, evaluate your diet for anything that may be sabotaging your diet, and having a realistic image of what your body should look like as bodies change as adults grow older. The same weight you weighed in high school may not be right for you now.
As previously reported in Inquisitr, there are some simple things you can do to help you lose weight and keep it off. Drinking water about 30 minutes before meals can help you feel full and eat less. Adding color to your food and choosing a wide variety of foods will help you get the vitamins and minerals you need. Have manageable weight loss goals. Setting a weight loss goal that seems impossible is actually counterproductive because it leads to stress. Instead, set smaller goals. Smaller goals can lead to bigger results as they add up.
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Pop Sugar reported that diet is actually more important than exercise when it comes to weight loss. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle actually requires a combination of both diet and exercise because exercise helps to build lean muscle mass, which burns more calories. Eliminating certain foods from your diet will actually yield quicker results for your weight loss goals, so it’s also important to pay attention to what you eat. If your goal really is to lose pounds instead of just getting in shape, then you want to pay close attention to your diet.
Eliminating things like candy bars and soda can definitely yield benefits for your weight loss goals because they are so high in calories, and those calories are empty. Cutting out a candy bar will yield faster results because it’s easier to eliminate the high calories than it is to burn them off. Focus on your diet because it’s easier to eliminate a 200 calorie candy bar from your diet than it is to walk a couple of hours to burn those same calories off.
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