The underlying cause of weight gain as you age tends to be a sluggish metabolism. The habits you create in your early teens and 20’s are now starting to catch up to you because your body can no longer adapt to them. These health habits are starting to inflict damage on your metabolism and your body’s ability to burn fat for fuel becomes disrupted. Making significant diet lifestyle and exercise changes do a lot to help the body metabolically to burn more fat for fuel relative to carbohydrates.
As you age systemic inflammation also increases. One of the main hormonal byproducts of inflammation is a hormone called cortisol. It’s interesting to note that the majority of receptor sites for cortisol are all around the midsection and hips. So essentially the more inflammation your body produces the more hip and belly fat you’ll get as well as a significant reduction in muscle mass. Without muscle our body’s to be active and perform suffers as well as losing the aesthetic benefits of a toned, firm, and attractive physique.
Addressing the underlying barriers to metabolic success in the long run actually helps improve the metabolism. Cutting out certain food allergens, using cutting-edge exercise and lifestyle principles can help your metabolism heal. Most of the mainstream diet advice out there actually causes the problem to get worse over time. Most of the conventional advice consist of reducing calories, increasing activity and cutting fat. If your body is already metabolically damaged the last thing you want to do is burn more fuel than you consume, if that’s the case where is the raw materials going to come from to heal and repair? There’s an old adage that goes something like this, “You don’t lose weight to get healthy, you get healthy then you lose weight.”