In your 50s, maintaining an ideal weight can be tricky in comparison to your early 20s. Changes in your hormones, metabolism, and lower physical activities are to blame.
Apart from the aesthetics, this concern can also lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, and Type 2 diabetes. Before you take steps to lose weight, there is some information you need to know about body fat that your doctor isn’t telling you about.
Those who focused on muscle building in the 20s and 30s will not see the transformation from muscles to fat. It is just not physiologically possible. In fact, according to doctors, there is no scientific process for this. So what happens instead?
The flabbier appearance that comes with aging is accounted for sarcopenia which is a natural loss of muscle mass. This begins to happen around your 40s and will affect everyone as they get well into their 60s. Our minimal elasticity production is to blame for this as well. That being said, don’t skip your workouts because you’re afraid of appearing “fat” in the future. The decline in muscle mass is inevitable.
It’s not realistic to trim fat down in certain areas so if you’re one of those people who put in extra crunches to lose some belly fat, stop. The only way you can tone down fat is by reducing it overall. Try adding more cardio into your exercise routine and push yourself than what you’re normally comfortable with. Sure, crunches, for instance, is perfect for your core, but this does not burn a considerable amount of body fat.
Ideal body fat all depends on bone structure, genetics, exercise level, gender, and age. Generally speaking, those who are ages 50+ should aim for ranges 20-25 percent for women and about 10-15 percent for men. Surprisingly, women with 32 percent or more body fat and males who has about 25 percent or more are at risk for health conditions like heart disease. Still, those who have a lower body fat percentage are also putting themselves in danger as they are prone to nutrition deficiencies. Speak to your doctor about the ideal range for your body.
Many people are afraid of the middle-age spread thinking that it’s inevitable, but you can take control of it as you change according to your metabolism. Due to hormonal changes, our metabolism can change at about 5 to 10 percent every ten years. The only way to not gain weight is by doing more exercise and limiting your caloric intake. If you’re eating like when you were in your 20s, chances are you will be gaining weight. Remember, you’ll start muscle mass reduction around your 40s, and if you’re not making changes, you will see a huge difference in your body.
If you think diabetes is only linked to obesity, think again. Type 2 diabetes can happen to anyone regardless of their weight. Just because a person appears thin, they can still develop health conditions especially with the type of food they’re eating. The term for this is called, “skinny fat.”