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How Weight Loss Changes As You Get Older

How Weight Loss Changes As You Get Older
Weight loss certainly can change as you get older and in general your metabolism can start to slow down. It can be harder to lose weight as you age because of various factors, and maintaining a healthy weight can become more of a struggle as your HGH production and metabolism starts to slow down, as you lose muscle mass, and often don't get enough sleep. Other factors start to make it more difficult to lose weight but many of them are still in your control. The key is to start taking steps today to get closer to a healthy weight like starting a round of the HCG diet, which can make a major difference in how easy it is for you to maintain a healthy weight once you get older.

Your metabolism will slow down

You were probably able to eat carbs when you were younger without gaining a lot of weight, but once you reach the age of 30 your metabolism will start to slow down every decade. The rate of slowdown depends your genetics and various environmental factors, but the effect does occur and it can make a major difference in how quickly you lose weight and how easy it is for you to put on weight. Some doctors estimate that your metabolism will slow down approximately 5 percent every decade after the age of 40 and although it may not seem like much, it does make a significant difference, especially when it comes to weight loss.

It basically means that you have to eat 5 percent fewer calories or fewer carbohydrates and be more cautious of your diet. So watching your calorie intake becomes highly essential as you age, and it can make a significant difference. Experts say that you need to reduce your calorie intake by about 100 calories after your metabolism starts to decline. There are plenty of ways that you can do this fairly easily, and a 100 calorie per day reduction by itself won't work for everyone, especially if most of your diet is still bad. But if you were maintaining a healthy weight at 2,200 calories per day, assuming all factors are the same you would most likely need to reduce your intake to 2,100 calories per day to maintain your weight after your metabolism starts to slow down.

Your muscle mass will start to reduce

Another major change is that your muscle mass will start to decline, and for some people they can lose approximately 0.5 pounds of lean muscle every year after the age of 30 if you are inactive. The only way to prevent this from occurring is with regular exercise. Muscle keeps your metabolism high as it burns three times more calories than fat. The drop in hormone production like testosterone and HGH is certainly a contributor to your muscle mass loss, but inactivity is the major cause, as most people become busier as they get older and neglect exercising

Once again it is still within your power to control your muscle mass loss, and the key is to make sure that you are making the time to exercise every week. It doesn't have to be a ton of exercise; a smaller amount of resistance training or high intensity interval training can help you maintain your current muscle mass, but it's essential that you do some form of exercise in order keep your current muscle mass and build it up as well. You should also try to do resistant training starting now so that you put on as muscle muscle as you can and benefit from your body's natural production or HGH before your hormone levels start to decline more.

You may not be getting enough sleep

Because of the demands of your job you sleep levels can start to decline as you get older. Several studies have placed a connection between getting a lower amount of sleep and weight gain, and the connection is quite strong. Because of the fact that you aren't getting enough sleep you are likely to be fatigued, and many people compensate for this by eating more. The chances are that you will be hungrier throughout the day and if you are sleep deprived you can end up eating 20% or more calories than you normally would just to stay awake. The effect can be quite substantial and quickly add up, leading to weight gain and many other health issues.

The way to combat this is to make sure that your getting enough sleep and do your best to not sacrifice on it. Time management becomes more and more essential and it's better if you get the minimum recommended amount of sleep of at least 8 hours, although it may seem like it's almost impossible if you have children and have to work. Be smarter with your time decisions and you can get the sleep that you really need into your schedule; instead of making an extra trip to the store do your shopping on the weekends for example and use that saved time during the week for rest. Try to fit your errands into the weekend when you have more time and focus on work and rest during the weekdays which will make it easier on your health and help you maintain a healthier weight.

The HCG diet can help you lose weight no matter what age you are

As mentioned above, there are more than a few factors that can make it challenging to lose weight as you get older, but most of them are in your control. The HCG diet is a proven method of weight loss no matter what age you are, and it's effective and proven. It works through the use of calorie restriction as well as the effect of the hormone which helps your body burn abnormal fat and triggers your body prioritize fat over muscle as a source of energy during Phase 2 of the diet. If you have been struggling with weight loss and have tried other methods without success, the HCG diet is guaranteed to work for you no matter what your experience has been or what age you are. Contact Nu Image Medical today to learn more about the diet and find out if it is a good option for you.

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Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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