Why age is just a number when it comes to weight loss


Why age is just a number when it comes to weight loss

Have you noticed that as the years have crept by that your weight has crept up at the same time? Maybe not by huge amounts but a couple of pounds here and there, and enough for you to now realise that you’re not quite the same size and weight that you were in your 20’s!

Sound familiar? Then you probably won’t be surprised to know that you are not alone. Natural changes within our bodies, plus small adjustments to our lifestyles – that at the time we don’t realise we’re making – make it harder for us to keep the pounds off as we mature.  And this is true for both males and females.

So how can we stop age taking over and controlling our weight?

The first step is to recognise and appreciate how our lifestyle and bodies change as we mature, enabling us to take action and adjust our lifestyles accordingly. Learning about these subtle changes will help us to either maintain our weight or lose some extra pounds, keeping us fit and in good shape as we head towards our twilight years.

For many of us, as we age, we naturally become more sedentary. We may not walk as much or go to the gym as regularly as we used to. Some of us may even have stopped exercising altogether due to ill health or aches and pains. This may not be too much of a problem, but if you are eating as much as you did when you were active, then it’s no wonder that the number on the scales is moving in the wrong direction!

Another factor to consider is the natural ageing process our bodies go through and how this affects us. For instance, how our bodies repair themselves and how the body’s composition changes as we get older.

As we grow older we lose muscle, which can be attributed to the fact that muscle cells no longer repair themselves as quickly, resulting in muscle mass loss. Saga has some great advice on how you can help improve your muscle loss: https://www.saga.co.uk/magazine/health-wellbeing/exercise-fitness/strength/preventing-muscle-loss

Natural dips in hormone production (oestrogen, testosterone and growth hormone levels all decline with age) also contributes to muscles mass loss.

As muscle tissue uses energy, and therefore burns calories, this loss of muscle tissue means that we consequently burn fewer calories every day. This process is known as our metabolic rate. The older we get our metabolism starts to slow down, at an average of 5% every 10 years.

To help your body adapt make sure you keep active and move more. If you’re at all concerned about your health, make an appointment with your GP who will be able to discuss what kind of exercise would be best for you and your well-being. You can also visit the NHS website for good advice and help: https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/physical-activity-guidelines-for-adults.aspx

And next on the list is to review your diet! Our certified nutritionists here at Naturhouse will help you find the right diet that can be tailored to you and your age. Our experienced team of advisors will create a personalised diet plan that will fit in with your lifestyle and also your age to help you achieve your goals.

If you’d like to read more about how age affects our weight follow the link to our magazine here. Alternatively why not book an appointment today at our store in Earls Court, West London and find out just how we can help you feel fitter and healthier, no matter how old you are!

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