Do you feel:
- Unexplained weight gain?
- Excessive belching, burping, or bloating?
- Hungry an hour or two after eating?
- Hormone imbalances?
- Poor bowel function?
If you are experiencing any of these situations, then you might have experienced some trouble losing weight.
Trying to lose weight is harder than it looks. While the secret of losing weight is more accessible said than done, people are always trying to live healthier lives by exercising and eating right. Some people can maintain a healthy weight throughout their lives effortlessly; however, for others, it is a struggle that starts from when they were a kid, and it gets harder when they start growing up. There have been books on how to lose weight, and people gaining weight when they are middle-aged, it is shown around their mid-section of their bodies. Although when a person is trying to lose weight due to health reasons or wanting to get better, it can be a long, arduous journey.
There are many reasons why individuals are having trouble losing weight. It might be due to being older and that the body changes along with getting older as well. Here are some of the reasons why it is difficult to lose weight, the older a person gets.
Losing Muscle Mass
When a person age, their metabolism changes with them. When they are younger, their metabolism can make a person exercise with high intensity. As they get older, their metabolism changes, and they will slow down a bit when they are exercising. Not only that, but a person can lose their muscle mass when they reach the age of 30.
Studies have shown that the amount of lean muscle mass can naturally decline 3 to 8 percent per decade when a person hits 30, and it will be much harder when they are at the age of 60. This is due to sarcopenia. Sarcopenia is a condition that is characterized by losing skeletal muscle mass and functioning. This condition is progressive, and some of the risk factors include age, gender, and the level of physical activity a person is doing. Since the strength and muscle mass decline in older adults mostly, it can lead to acute and chronic diseases that can harm the body.
There is a way to combat muscle loss for anyone that wants to have lean muscles and to lose weight, is to add weight training to their exercise regime. Research shows that lifting weights is perfect for anyone to make sure that the body stays toned and muscular while also preventing a metabolic slowdown. Since male and females bodies are different, doing weight lifting will help the muscles look lean and toned for females, while for males, their muscles look more prominent and bulker, depending on the weights they are using and how many reps they are doing.
Getting Overly Stressed
As we get older, the more stress we can get. Stress is made up of the hormone cortisol, which is released into the body. It can also be in two categories, which are short term and long term. With short term stress, it is effortless to manage since a person can be worried about a project for school, getting a job interview, or worrying about the little things, the cortisol hormone is short term and can be easily managed.
When it is long-term stress, it can lead to chronic illnesses if it is in a person for far too long. The pressures of work, having too many obligations, or stressing out due to deadlines for projects are bad for a person to have since the cortisol levels are building up in the body. Even having a sedentary job can cause the body to develop stress and weight gain.
There are ways to reduce stress in the body like finding hobbies to enjoy, exercising, always help the body release the tension that is pent up, even having a self-care day can do many wonders to a person and their body. Trying to de-stress the body is excellent and beneficial to anyone because being stress-free is essential for losing weight.
Major Lifestyle Changes
When it comes to significant lifestyle changes, it can be any one of these changes that can cause a person to gain weight. It does not always happen from the inside, but it can happen to people when they enter their thirties. Some changes can include starting a family, trying to find time out of a hectic schedule, distractions, or homework. Whatever the reasons are, these lifestyle changes require much attention. When that happens, then the pounds start to creep in, causing weight gain.
Sometimes when a person gains weight, it is due to a medical condition they might have, and it makes it harder for them to lose weight as well. These medical conditions include PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), sleep apnea, and hypothyroidism. When these conditions affect the targeted body systems, it can cause many health problems to the body by causing it to dysfunction.
“There are many reasons why losing weight is hard for anyone. There is a wide variety of reasons like eating junk foods, not getting enough sleep, staying hydrated, or a hectic lifestyle. If we take the time to change one thing to maintain a healthy lifestyle, then the weight will slowly but surely go away.” -Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight
Losing weight is hard for anyone, and it can be easy for some while difficult for others. Since everyone has a different body structure, trying to lose weight is one of the more laborious tasks if an individual has problems trying to shed off the weight. By changing some of the habits that are causing the weight gain, it may be beneficial to not only the person but to their body. Some products can help the body’s metabolism and support the function of sugars and amino acids that help support even the gastrointestinal lining, the endocrine system, and help maintain the blood sugar levels.
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