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Why Does Weight Loss Become more Difficult with Age?

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Why Does Weight Loss Become more Difficult with Age?

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While losing weight is rarely easy, it becomes significantly more difficult as you get older. This increased difficulty can be due to a number of factors that encompass both biological and lifestyle changes. If you’ve noticed that it has become harder to lose weight as you’ve aged, learning more about the factors that contribute to this difficulty can help you work through them and achieve lifelong fitness.

Lower Metabolism

Your body’s metabolism determines the number of calories you burn and convert to energy throughout your day. With age, the speed of your body’s metabolism naturally begins to slow. This means you will burn fewer calories at the age of 40 than you did at 20, even when performing the same exercises and eating the same foods.

While it is impossible to stop the natural slowing of your metabolism, accommodating to this biological change is relatively simple. Cutting down your caloric intake and exercising for a longer period of time are great ways to lose weight and stay healthy, even when the rate of your metabolism has slowed.

Muscle Loss

In addition to a slower metabolism, the body also begins to lose muscle mass with age. This affects weight loss because the more muscle mass that you have, the easier it is to burn fat. While the chemical changes that happen over time are at least partially responsible for this shift, a lack of exercise is often the biggest cause of lost muscle mass over time. Adding a strength training program to your exercise plan can help you rebuild muscle mass.

Increased Appetite

Estrogen and testosterone levels begin to decrease in both women and men around the age of 40. These hormonal changes lead to an increase in appetite. The increased urge to snack and eat larger meals, especially when combined with a slowed metabolism, is one of the biggest causes of age-related weight gain. Switching to snacks and meals filled with fiber, fruits, and vegetables is the best way to suppress your new appetite and keep you fuller for longer.

At Age Management Center of New England, our primary goal is to help our patients be at their optimum level of health and fitness at every stage of their lives. If you’re someone who’s struggling to stay fit and feel healthy as you’ve grown older, we can provide you with a variety of techniques to both evaluate your current state of health and get you to where you want to be. This strategy could include hormone therapy techniques that can be customized to fit the needs of both our male and female patients.

Contact us today to schedule a free screening with our medical experts, and see for yourself all the ways we can help you.