Why Do I Gain Weight As I Get Older? Here are the 5 Reasons!

by Ivandrea Ollero

Getting older is inevitable. And as years pass by, we gain pounds that become harder to get rid off. Don’t worry, a lot of us have experienced it. However, have you ever questioned why you are experiencing weight gain as you age? Well, the answer to this is not even related to your eating habits. Although there are some things that we can’t control as we get age, there is one thing we can do something about it; manage our weight. 

You may have self-loathing going in there and wishing you have the same weight when you were as a teenager. But you need to stop it, part of our life is to learn how to take care and love ourselves! So here are the reasons why you are gaining weight:

Here’s Why We Gain Weight As We Get Older

Many people think that gaining weight and ageing go cooperatively, but the truth is the reason we gain weight is not only related to getting older, but it’s also about how we change our habits. If you are gaining weight as you get older, it’s because: 

1. You’re Having Muscle Loss That’s Related to Age 

According to the study made by researchers from their journal “Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition & Metabolic Care”, the amount of lean muscle our body naturally starts to reduce by 3 to 8 per cent per decade after reaching the age 30. This process is called sarcopenia. If you are also being less active because of age-related health problems you are having, then you will most likely lose muscle. These things will not have a significant decline, but gradually they’ll do. 

So you might be asking, why losing muscle is significant. The reason for this is because lean muscles need to use more calories than fat. Whether you’re doing daily strength training with weights to build and maintain your muscles, your body still needs a small number of calories each day. This most likely makes you gain weight because you continue to take the same number of calories as you had when you were younger.  This is why it’s important to exercise daily. If you want to know more about what can happen to your body as you stop exercising, read This Is What Really Happens When You Don’t Exercise Enough.

2. You’re Body is Experiencing Normal Hormonal Changes 

Men and women go through changes in their hormone levels since it’s part of ageing, which is why middle age is prime time for putting on pounds. According to the study made by UC San Diego Health, women who are already in menopause (ages 45 to 55) have a drop in estrogen that supports extra pounds to maintain around the belly. This change in storing fat can make the weight earn more visible and add the harm of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart problems, and type 2 diabetes. 

Furthermore, the shifts in estrogen levels throughout perimenopause, the years that go before the menopause stage, may result in changes in mood that make it more complicated to maintain a healthy diet and exercise plan. As a consequence, the standard weight gain throughout the change to menopause is about five pounds. 

Meanwhile, men will undergo a notable drop in testosterone as they get older, which starts to slowly decrease around age 40 at a rate of about 1 to 2 per cent per year, according to Harvard Health. If you don’t know what testosterone does to your body, it regulates fat distribution and muscle strength and mass. What this means is, if it declines can make the body slighter effective at burning calories. 

3. Your Metabolism Slows Down 

One of the main reasons why you’re having a slower metabolism is due to the decrease in muscle mass. Metabolism is a vital process in our body that converts calories into energy. If you have more fat and less muscle, they will lessen your calorie burning. A lot of people who get older become less active which slows down their metabolism rate. Age is not the only factor that identifies your metabolic rate, but also how you weigh and sex can take part in the role. 

4. You’re More Stressed Unlike When You Were Younger 

Notice how people in their forties and fifties have careers in complete swing, which can give rise to weight loss challenges. For instance, you’re not moving enough like before. You’re commuting to work for hours, sit at your desk for eight or more hours a day, and work on your tasks, resulting for a lesser walk or exercise. Also, admit it, you don’t even take the stairs? Why not try it daily? You may think it’s tiring but since you’re not moving in the office, it’s a great and simple form of exercise. 

5. You Undergo Huge Lifestyle Changes 

Sometimes, the reasons behind weight gain during the middle years have nothing to do with what’s going on inside your body and all the life changes as you hit thirty. A great example of what we’re talking about is when you start raising a family. Instantly, you don’t have the time to go to the gym and spend that time with your toddler at home and a lot of responsibilities like playdates, homework, cooking that require your attention. You don’t have time for yourself anymore, right?  You can’t even grab your exercise equipment

To fight the weight gain, you may want to consider eating more healthy foods, adjust your diet and downsize your portions, always stay hydrated with water, take five-minute meditations, and develop short daily exercise routines. 

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