So the question has been asked.
Is it harder to lose weight as you get older?
Well for those of us who are over 45 or 50 the answer is it can be more difficult but most of that is down to lifestyle changes rather than any real biological effects.
The thing is as we get older we start to lose muscle mass and at the same time we start to put on fat. So even though it might seem that you are staying roughly at the same weight the simple fact is you’re getting more fat and less muscle which obviously isn’t good for the body.
Most of the time that is caused by simply not enough activity and because you aren’t active well, there’s a metabolic rate change due to the fact that the ratio between your muscles or your muscle mass if you prefer and your fat mass has changed.
As the muscle mass goes down and the fat mass goes up well, the metabolism starts to slow down which of course just makes the problem a little bit worse.
So what can you do about it? Well it’s actually quite easy to break the cycle.
The first thing you need to do is obviously become more active. You could do such things simply as walking, resistance training, going dancing, you know like you used to do when you were young.
If you combine that with healthy eating well, you’ll find that you’ll start to reverse the muscle loss because you’ll be more active and you’ll also reverse the fat gain so you might even stay at roughly the same weight but you’ll be a lot fitter and a lot healthier and certainly a lot more active because of it.
You know age does have its advantages. You might be older but in terms of health just make sure you’re wiser too.