While almost any age group is now becoming much more conscious about their weight those that are past the age of 50 have some real issues with not only keeping their weight in control, but losing the excess weight that they have accumulated over the years.
There are a lot of reasons why those in this age group may be struggling with excess weight. Quite often many of these individuals have slowed down in their activity level. They are no longer playing the sports that they once did. They may be early retirees such as the baby boomers, and as a result they are simply not as active as they once were.
Also, at this age the metabolism seems to slow down so the fat burning process is not as effective as it once was. One of the biggest mitigating factors about the excess weight gain for this age group is that they don’t adjust their eating habits to the changing metabolism that they are experiencing.
Now understanding why the 50 age group has such an issue with weight, there needs to be some solutions for this. It’s time to take a look at some weight training which may seem a little strange as you are not out to impress anyone with a super figure or amazing physique at this age most likely. However, what has to be realized is that at this age the body has about 20% less muscle mass compared to when you were 20. Muscle loss means a slower metabolism. By implementing a weight training routine that is applicable to your level of exercise capabilities you will be able to increase your muscle mass and start the weight loss process effectively.
Something else that will help with the weight loss after 50 is to make sure that your hormones have been checked and that they are at the proper levels. As we age our testosterone and progesterone as well as other hormones begin to diminish. They need to be brought in to balance and this is where your health care professional will play an important role.