How we look and how we feel are completely separate things. Most of us feel like our 30 or 40-year old selves but when we look in the mirror, it tells an entirely different story. Why is that?
Of course gravity isn’t on our side but body changes, more specifically weight, is what we notice the most and what plays such a critical role in the health of our body.
Hormones play a significant role when it comes to weight for both men and women since sex hormones decline as you age. Men store more fat in their belly region throughout their life and women store more fat cells in their hips and buttocks. As we age, and as sex hormones decline, the fat cells deposit in those areas.
Your body needs less energy as you get older. If you carry on eating the same amount you did when you were younger, you will gain weight. As your metabolism slows muscle mass is reduced as well, which in turn can make you look down and see those extra curves.
These cosmetic problems can lead to health complications. There are a myriad of health risks directly associated with weight gain that include, but are not limited to, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and strokes, sleep apnea, and osteoarthritis.
What can you do about it?
The reality is that we become more inactive as we age, we start eating too much and burning off less. Find an activity, preferably aerobic and do it regularly for at least 45 to 60 minutes, four to five days a week. Think outside the box and look at hobbies as exercise such as dancing and hiking. Those can boost your metabolism and help burn fat just as much as jogging.
Strength training can also boost your metabolism, increase muscle mass and strengthen bones. Building muscle mass is also helps to protect against future weight gain.
Watch your diet very closely. Cut refined carbohydrates, limit alcohol intake, be aware of portion sizes, and try to consume fewer calories each day, particularly fat calories. In addition, talk with your doctor about supplements that will be needed to ensure you are getting all that you need.
For more information on your weight, talk with your doctor and look into local resources that offer free health educational classes. Visit www.forhealthandliving.com to find free classes near you.
Article From Inter Valley Health Plan