Weight Gain and Aging: Don't Be a Statistic

Don't Be a Statistic as You Age

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Let's face it, as we age our bodies change. When we move into our 40's and beyond, the metabolism can begin to drastically slow down, and we might have more aches and pains then we bargained for. You may be faced with recognizing that it's a bit harder to keep weight off as you get older and that you are holding onto a few more extra pounds than you'd like. Look, it's no secret that Diabetes and Obesity are the two fastest growing diseases in the US. And as we age, the body is deteriorating from the inside out, it's just part of nature. There's a reason why "they," whoever they are, coined the phrase, "middle-aged spread."

Our bodies are intricate machines that need to be taken care of and nurtured on every level. There are ways to continue to keep your body healthy, your metabolism purring and your weight down as you move into middle age. You don't have to be a statistic. Look at me. I'm healthier, stronger and fitter than I've ever been at the ripe age of 57. I am constantly doing things to challenge myself, make myself stronger, smarter and inspired.

Keep Your Diet On Track

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What you put in your mouth is a big factor in keeping your weight under control. Eating a bunch of processed, sugary food is a recipe for disaster and disease. It's also important to eat until your are satisfied, and not stuffed to the brim. More often than not, people tend to eat more food than they need, or can digest and assimilate. Portions in the US, especially, are astronomically large and way bigger than what our body needs.

Overeating more often times than not, does lead to weight gain, and it also can cause a whole slew of other problems with the digestive system. It's important to eat a diet that is focused on mostly unprocessed whole foods, and contains plenty of fiber, veggies, fruit, lean protein, whole grains and healthy fats. I am not saying you need to measure and weigh your food, but it's important to listen to your bodies cue signals for when it is starting to feel full. A good way to do this is to start with smaller portions on your plate, when you are done with what is on your plate, wait about 15 minutes and see how you feel. If you are still hungry, have a little bit more food, if not, stop eating.

Stimulate Your Appetite with Movement

Sometimes we can lose our appetite as we get into our senior years and not feel the need to eat as much. This can be due to a sedentary lifestyle. Without regular movement and exercise, the appetite does not get stimulated, so you may not be eating enough calories to keep your metabolism fire burning bright.

It's important to exercise and move your body every day for at least 20 minutes. If you are a beginner, or have never exercised before, start small and simple. Take a 10 minute walk or do some stretching. It's important to not over do it, especially if you are not a regular exerciser. But it's even more important to do something versus nothing.

Stay Hydrated to Prevent Weight Gain

Not only is the food we put in our mouths super important, but staying hydrated is a key factor to keep our metabolism purring and our weight down. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, at least a half ounce per pound of body weight. Water is the elixir of life and not only does it help with weight loss, but it keeps our bones, joints and muscles supple and flexible and gives us energy.

Cut back on alcohol and any sugary drinks or juices you might be drinking, as they will raise the blood sugar and contribute to weight gain as well. These are empty calories with no nutritional support, and our body will store these calories as fat and extra pounds. If you love your glass of wine too much, try a wine spritzer instead where you add mostly sparkling water or club soda to a 1/4 of a glass of wine. This will help to cut calories and sugar.

Maintain a Healthy Weight and Feel Better

Maintaining a healthy weight as you age is hands down going to support you in feeling better, having more energy, and being able to do more, bottom line. Taking care of yourself mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually are all keys to staying healthy in your later years.

By implementing these tips into your daily life, you don't have to be a statistic like so many others out there. Remember, we only have one body, so why not take the best care of it that we can? Your life will be richer, happier, more joyful and you will be able to do things that others can't. Your Health is your true Wealth.

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