What is the Secret to Staying Slim in your 50’s?

Why Do Men and Women Gain Weight after 50 years in Age?

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Issues with gaining weight? The older you get, the more challenging it is to lose weight. At 50 years old, your body doesn’t get rid of excess calories the way it did when you were younger. It’s often referred to as the ‘middle-aged spread.’ Add to that the fact that your activity level is reduced because of health issues and other personal reasons. If you’re still eating like you’re still in your youth during your 50’s, you need to find the right balance of food intake and energy expenditure to help you achieve your weight loss goals.


The Impact of Aging on Body Fat

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The formula for losing weight is simple – burn more calories than you eat. In your younger days, your body’s metabolism is still working optimally. During your 50’s, your metabolism slows down resulting in reduced fat-burning ability. In older women, this fat usually accumulates in their buttocks, hips, thighs, and lower abdomen. On the other hand, men store excess fat in the abdominal region, which gives them that ‘beer belly’.[1] As you age, the tendency to gain fat happens more quickly, with an average of 10 percent of body weight per decade.[2] In addition to this, if your activity level is minimal, you’ll end with a fattier body composition, even if you maintain your average weight.

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Stress Increases Body Fat and Weight Gain

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During your youth, coping with different stresses in life seems easy because your body can still handle the effects of hormonal fluctuations. However, when you reach your 50’s, stresses from work, financial, family and other personal issues may increase, resulting in increased production of the stress hormone cortisol. The hormone cortisol is produced by your body in response to stressful situations. However, excessive levels of this hormone can cause you to gain more weight by stimulating your appetite.[3] Because this leads to stronger food cravings, there’s no doubt that you will gain a lot of pounds. You may find yourself mindlessly eating unhealthy foods more frequently as a response to stress. This ultimately may become a habit for you whenever you are stressed out, also reducing your amount of exercise.


Poor Dietary Choices and Body Fat

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Your body during your younger years, may have processed bad dietary choices more quickly than it does in your 50’s. In your older years, all the unhealthy foods such as fried and fatty foods, sweets, processed snacks, and other instant foods can take toll on your health and cause you to gain more weight. Add to that the fact that aging changes your mindset to want to enjoy life to the fullest – that includes eating your favourite foods and trying other delicacies even if it’s unhealthy. Moreover, a weaker body caused by aging may lead to reduced physical activity.

There are several factors to look into with regards to how men and women gain weight after 50 years old. This includes body composition, gender, lifestyle, and other environmental factors. To know more about weight loss solutions that will suit your body type and preferences, talk to one of our medical professionals now. You can find your nearest professional by searching the New Body Specialist Directory.

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  1. Ted Broer (7 January 2001). Maximum Fat Loss: You Don’t Have a Weight Problem! It’s Much Simpler Than That. Thomas Nelson Inc. pp. 17–. ISBN 978-1-4185-5769-0.
  2. George A. Bray; Claude Bouchard (5 December 2003). Handbook of Obesity: Clinical Applications. CRC Press. pp. 185–. ISBN 978-0-8247-5862-2.
  3. Kathryn R. Simpson; Dale E. Bredesen (2006). The Perimenopause and Menopause Workbook: A Comprehensive, Personalized Guide to Hormone Health. New Harbinger Publications. pp. 120–. ISBN 978-1-57224-477-1.

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