It can be frustrating to work hard on your weight loss goals only to find that you are gaining weight unexpectedly. While this is often discouraging, it's important to remember that women over 40 have different challenges when trying to lose weight than younger women. Here are some reasons it might be easier for you to gain weight instead of losing it: If you've struggled with yo-yo dieting in the past, your body may now resist any attempts at significant changes in the amount of food you eat. Additionally, while metabolism does slow down as we age, muscle mass decreases faster than fat which means that while our bodies burn fewer calories throughout the day, they also require less energy due to decreased activity levels and physical exertion.
As a woman over 40, you might feel like it's not worth trying to lose weight because you may be losing a battle that is impossible for you to win. The sad truth is, it may be harder for you to lose weight than women who are in their 20s. However, that doesn't make it impossible or even improbable. You just need to take small steps to increase your metabolism and decrease fat storage. Do not let age become an excuse for you not to try; otherwise, you will remain overweight, unhealthy, unhappy and will not live to enjoy your old age.
The following are some reasons why it's harder for women over 40 to lose weight than women under 40:
1. You have a slower metabolism
As you get older, your metabolic rate slows down which means that you'll burn fewer calories each day even if you do nothing.
This is because the older you get, the more muscle you lose and this burns fewer calories than fat does.
You need to eat carefully if you want your metabolism to work for you and not against you when it comes to losing weight.
2. Hormones change as women age
As women get older, there are hormonal changes attributed to menopause that cause women gain weight. Estrogen, which helps keep fat off your body, decreases in older women after the age of 45. Your body begins to store more fat in preparation for when estrogen plummets even lower during perimenopause.
3. You're less likely to exercise due to other priorities
As you grow older and prioritize your kids, family and work above all else it might be easy to neglect yourself. You're less likely go for a workout or even engage in any physical activity whatsoever! But being fit maintains good health not only by helping us stay healthy but also preventing the spread of disease- which would ultimately make life more difficult if we let illness take over completely
Being physically active has been proven time after time as an integral part because our bodies change with age while still needing some form movement each day otherwise they become creaky - especially joints.
4. Menopause causes women to lose estrogen, which can lead to osteoporosis and brittle bones
Menopause is considered the culprit for many health problems in women including weight gain. As you get older, menopause happens and this causes irregular periods making it harder to focus on your workouts. You might feel tired all the time and this affect your motivation to exercise. You may also suffer from osteoporosis and brittle bones which oftentimes lead to fractured bones and other accidents.
5. Age, inactivity, stress levels and poor dietary choices are the biggest precluding factors to weight gain
Losing weight is hard, but you can do it with the right information and motivation. Experts agree that age, inactivity levels and poor dietary choices are some of the biggest precluding factors for gaining a lot more pounds than we need to on our body type - which means there must be another way!
The good news? We have plenty at our disposal: diet plans designed by doctors or nutritionists who will give advice based off personal experience rather than guesswork; exercise routines specifically tailored towards an individual's physical ability level (so no one gets left behind). In short order these activities not only help us achieve wellness goals faster.
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