Fighting Flab in your 40s
As we age, we often find that maintaining a healthy weight becomes more difficult. There are a number of reasons why this is such a common problem. Your daily routine, your eating habits, your activity level and your health are all subject to change as years pass by. Instead of blaming these changes and allowing them to influence your weight level and ultimately your health, take action and stand up for yourself and your well-being.
Reasons We Gain Weight After 40
There are a lot of bodily changes that happen around the age of 40. For most women, the early 40s mark the end of your reproductive years–which means the onset of menopause. Hormone changes, emotional barriers and the common stresses of life can really add up during this period, leaving you feeling drained of energy and in need of comfort.
Here are a few reasons why weight gain is so common with age:
- Slower metabolism. Your metabolism really does slow down as you age. In general, your body will probably burn 100 fewer calories a day after 40. In women, this metabolism slow down can sometimes be attributed to thyroid issues.
- Less physically active. Many people find that they have less time for physical activity as they get older. The less you move, the fewer calories you burn and the harder it will be to manage your weight.
- Loss of muscle mass. The more muscle mass you have, the faster your metabolism works. As we age, we tend to lose muscle mass more quickly because of a decrease in physical activity.
Preventing Weight Gain with Age
There are steps you can take to prevent weight gain as you age. Medical weight loss programs are a great resource, providing you with the ongoing strategies and tools to successfully lose weight and improve your health.
- Keep on eye on your calories. If your body is using 100 fewer calories a day, it’s important that you’re not adding to that with mindless munching. If your body is using less, you need to eat less.
- Stay active. Along with consuming fewer calories, managing your weight after 40 means continuing to burn calories through regular physical activity. Although life gets busy, it’s important to make physical activity a priority if you want to prevent weight gain as you age.
- Get support. Don’t attempt to take on your weight loss goals on your own. You are surrounded with supportive resources–take advantage of them. Contact your medical weight loss center as needed for ongoing guidance and support to prevent weight gain with age.
Men and women alike have to struggle with weight gain with age, but women are especially susceptible thanks to the many bodily and hormonal changes that occur during this period. Gaining weight with age increases your risk for obesity related diseases like type-2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Taking steps to remain healthy and at a healthy weight level will reduce your risk for these chronic diseases.