You can learn to beat weight gain. Most medical professionals say that we gain weight as we age. This is usually due to changes in our metabolism, as well as with physiological changes that go along with an aging body. In general, this weight gain will start at about 30, and continue for the next 30 to 40 years. But, you don’t have to be a statistic. Here are some ways to beat the weight gain that threatens everybody as they grow older.
Weight loss occurs in two areas of the body – fat and muscle. Unhealthy dieting decreases weight in the muscle mass. This is not only unhealthy, it’s dangerous. The heart is a muscle, and people with eating disorders sometimes die of heart attack because of damage done to their heart. The weight you want to lose is the fat. But there is a love/hate relationship between fat and muscle in your body.
Your muscles burn more calories than fat burns. Unfortunately, muscle weighs more than fat. So as you exercise, you gain weight. This is so discouraging to many people who are fighting weight gain. The key is to make sure that your weight is due to muscle mass, rather than fat mass. So keep up the good work. You’ll build more muscle mass, which will burn more calories, which will reduce fat mass, which will fight weight gain.
Loss of Muscle Mass
Unfortunately, your muscle mass declines as you age. In fact, most people will experience a 40 to 50% loss of muscle mass during the 30 to 40 year aging process until age 70. At age 70, things level out a bit. Along with this loss of muscle mass comes with an increase in fat mass. Bone mass declines during this time, as well. To battle weight gain as you age weight-training exercises are recommended. This helps to maintain muscle mass and keep fat gain at a minimum. Weight-bearing exercises also strengthens bones, so it helps to delay the onset of osteoporosis. Besides weight training, you can walk. People who have physically strenuous jobs are better off in the long run because of the use of muscle mass and weight bearing stressors to bones that keep them strong.
Loss of Lung Capacity
People also experience a 40% loss of lung capacity as they age – even more if they have lung disease. This can contribute to weight gain in several ways. First of all, poor respiration decreases brain activity, making people less alert, depressed, tired, and more likely to eat as a result of feeling bad. Poor respirations also make it harder to exercise. Even professional athletes eventually slow down competition because of this. Avoid exposure to situations in which you could get respiratory illnesses is important to maintain health.
Throughout your life, detox retreats can play a crucial role to battling weight gain. Keeping your body cleared of toxins gives it a strong platform to maintain healthy respiration and nerve functions as well as paving the way for healthy muscle function.