Why is it Difficult to Lose Weight After a Certain Age?
When delving into the issue of weight loss for women over 40 or 50 years of age, a routine diet program should consider asking what is the best way to lose weight after menopause?
According to Dr. Sonali Ganguly at the Department of Endocrinology, Singapore General Hospital, “Many women experience weight gain during perimenopause, the period leading to menopause, which is due to declining progesterone levels and relative preservation of estrogen levels.”
During the last couple of years of perimenopause, the lowering of estrogen levels speeds up. Many women may begin to experience symptoms of menopause at this stage. Menopause starts about the age of 40 for most women.
The body responds by retaining fat so it can draw estrogen from fat cells. The result? More belly fat! For men, it is the fall in testosterone levels that cause weight gain around the midriff.
That’s a double-whammy for both men and women as many tend toward a more sedentary lifestyle in mid-life, which further slows down the already declining metabolic rate. No doubt about it, burning fewer calories means gaining more pounds.
Despite everything that seems to work against us, getting older and gaining weight doesn’t have to go together.
The Reason We Gain Weight is Not Just Because We're Older, But It’s Also About How Our Habits Change.
If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to boost your metabolism with regular exercise. Flexibility and strength training is awesome. Read on for some great tips for a diet made easy.