It is no secret that as we age at 35 or 55 maintaining a healthy weight can sometimes be an uphill battle for many of us. You may not have even noticed until cleaning out your closets and pulling out old high school sports uniforms and realize just how much you have gained over the years.
Here’s why pounds are 10 times easier to put on than they are to take off:
- You are not sleeping enough.
Having a demanding job, kids to drive to school and activities, meals to cook, sleeping might have been your favorite hobby but, now with added stress having to get up more frequently at night to go to the bathroom getting 8 hours of sleep is more of a fantasy. So during the day we are tired and tend to grab quick meals donuts, sugary coffees, and fast foods and skip on the salads more times than choosing healthier foods Studies have actually shown that not getting adequate sleep actually makes your brain crave fattening high calorie foods…..scary stuff!
- Your Metabolism isn’t what it used to be.
When you were younger you could easily down jelly donuts without consequences. Fast forward to your older self and you swear you could gain a pound just looking at a donut hole. According to Dr. Oz your Metabolism slows down 5% every decade after you turn 40. Your metabolism is your body turning food into energy. When this slows down you can’t burn calories. Don’t feel defeated small changes help skip on heavy creamy salad dressings for balsamic vinegar.
- You’re not imagining things. You are actually hungrier…
Blame your hormones. After we hit 40, our estrogen levels fall, which causes changes in the blood sugar and thyroid, increasing your appetite. Often thanks to a lower testosterone and you’ve got a recipe for weight gain. Combat by swapping out junk food with empty calories for foods rich in fiber. Fiber not only keeps you regular, it helps keep you feel fuller longer.
- You’re losing muscle mass.
You’ve probably heard that muscle weighs more than fat. Well that truth is, muscle burns more calories than fat. About 3 times as much. As we mentioned before this is due to drops in testosterone with age, along with under usage. You’ve heard use it or lose it. Fight back with strength training. Each pound of muscle you gain you swap for a pound of fat, this will increase your metabolism and help you burn more calories throughout the day.