This is a proven fact that strength training is an assured method to maintain healthy calorie-burning metabolism. Besides, as we grow older our body doesn’t respond much to your regular weight loss techniques and efforts. There are many scientific explanations behind the same. According to the review by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, it is said that “our body tends to gain weight by 1 to 2 pounds/year”. Although, it does not look like a big number in terms of weight, with increasing numbers of your age the weight will increase to an extent that it may create many other health issues to you.
Sometimes BMI (Body Mass Index) goes by 30 or more than that. In general, the body mass or obesity starts increasing at the age of 20 and reaches its peak during the age of 40 to 59, whereas, the body gradually starts losing weight after ’60s.
Weight Gain and Age: What the Heck Is Going On?
1. You’re practicing age linked Muscle Loss
The lean muscle naturally begins to decline by 3 to 8 % each decade after the age of 30. This process is called sarcopenia. Basically, lean muscles uses more calorie than fat so, unless you are muscle training with weights your body will need lesser calories each day.
Dr. Nhi Le, MD, at Fountain of Youth Medical Spa in Victoria explains “Most people will not adjust calories. They keep eating the same amount, but because they have less muscle mass to burn those calories and less activity, they end up gaining weight over time.”
2. The factor of usual Hormonal Changes
Both men and women endure the fluctuations in hormonal levels after a certain age. There can be different reasons for both of them to occur. These changes take place between the ages of 45 to 55 years. The hormonal changes lead to a noticeable drop in estrogen that leads to extra pounds around your belly. This may further cause health issues like high Blood Pressure and cholesterol, type 2 diabetes and heart problems. Basically, any decline be it estrogen or testoron, it will make body bulky and body will burn less calories as expected.
3. Slow Metabolic Rate compared to before
Metabolism is a complex process that helps the body to convert calories to energy. When the metabolic rate slowed down then it will lead to high fat deposit in the body that will gradually add extra weight to your body. Although your age is not sole responsible for weight gain , rather, conditions like hypothyroidism and less active lifestyle can be equally responsible.
4. Are you less active or highly stressed?
During the age of forties and fifties, the person’s responsibility is at its peak. Be it, personal responsibility or professional loads, it is said that this is the age when most of us are highly stressed. There are so many things to cater and we do not have time to fulfil everything so, we generally can’t spare time to exercise this leads to many physical and mental changes and that can be seen with the visible effect of weight gain of your body.
5. Drastic Lifestyle Changes
Not everyone gains weight due to hormonal factors or age related issues but sometimes you may be bound with other add-on responsibilities post marriage or promotion that leads to sudden change in your regular routine. Your lifestyle may change suddenly. You may have tighter work schedule, increased family responsibilities and much more.
These changes may lead to a poor diet or exercise schedule which will cause weight gain to your body naturally.
Dr.Nhi suggests that by regularly cutting 100 to 200 calories from your meals with growing age will help you attain a better and fit body. Once you follow the pattern you can feel and see the noticeable change in your body. Most of all, keeping your body hydrated is the key to fit regimen. In fact, you should avoid soda or packed drinks and focus on fresh juices, water and other forms of healthy liquids. Yoga, 10-minute walk daily or other things can be easily followed that may soothe your mental stress and makes you more active and fit. Basically, do what is best for you.