Age-Related Weight Loss

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Age-related weight loss

Losing weight as an Older Person

Age-related weight loss. Many of us have not been active and almost certainly need to lose weight. However, it is not easy, and some would say it is impossible at 60,70 or older. Besides being a daunting goal, weight loss is possible at any age if you remain committed. To begin with, most start with enthusiasm, which disappears when progress is not visible. Furthermore, progress does not happen quickly; it takes time.

Weight loss through Exercise and Healthy food

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Fruit and vegetables for great healthy eating

Age-related weight loss. Losing weight can be frustrating if you are impatient for results. Firstly, belly fat or love handles that you hate may be the last to show an effect. Secondly, when fat loss begins, it happens everywhere, little by little. Thirdly, the fat you can see is the tip of the iceberg; much more is wrapped around your organs.

So then, you can be exercising and not seeing any visible change quickly. Also, you may not see any difference in your bathroom scales. Therefore, many give up, but there is a reason why that happens.

Fat and muscle the differences

A pound of fat and a pound of muscle are similar weights. However, the difference is not weight but size. As a result, a pound of fat is twice the size of the same weight in muscle. In this case, if you gain a pound of muscle and lose a pound of fat, your scales will not show a change. So then, as you progress through your weight loss journey. Here, forget your weight and look in the mirror to see any change in your shape, which takes time so be patient.

Make a Plan and Record your Progress

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Checklist to follow plan

Age-related weight loss. Remembering what you did some days accurately later is difficult, so plan and record all your exercises and meals for a true account of your progress. Besides, be prepared to make small changes, if necessary, to your food or exercise. Hence, sometimes small tweaks can make all the difference in achieving your target weight. For example, exercise must progress by adding weight or number of repetitions. Also, you can take shorter rests between sets to increase your difficulty. Most importantly, warm-up increase difficulty slowly and prevent injuries.

Rest Days and Sleep are Important

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Sleep is state of body and mind

It takes time to progress, but there will not be good progress without proper rest. And especially without taking the time to allow your body to go through recovery. Also, recovery is needed to allow your body to repair tiny tears in the muscle caused by resistance training. Furthermore, good quality sleep for a minimum of 8 hours will benefit muscle, strength gains and weight loss.

Starting Training for Weight Loss

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Begin gently to awaken muscles that have been inactive

Sarcopenia and inactivity have left your muscles tight and weak. Above all, you must not rush into exercise. Also, a gradual increase will help you progress safely. At the start, muscles have to be warmed and joints lubricated. And this allows nutrients to be circulated to feed muscle and gently progress. Most importantly, a warm-up is mandatory to prevent injury.

In Conclusion

Age-related weight loss is a journey; it is not a quick trip. However, it is achievable with determination and patience. Consequently, if you follow, you will learn and be guided through your weight loss journey. You have taken the first step and enrolled, and it is totally free. So, you can complete training at home with privacy. And using everyday household items, no gym equipment or expensive memberships. I look forward to seeing your success.

Important Note *

Remember that everyone is different, and it is ultimately YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to find what your body responds to. So please do your own due diligence before trying anything new including getting Medical Advice to ensure your safety and peace of mind.

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2 replies on “Age-Related Weight Loss”

Thank you for this website. I am 79, and due to cancer,a broken and badly repaired femur, etc, I have not moved and exercised as I wished I could have. Now I have a new heart valve and instructions from my doctor to move, move, move. I’m hoping your suggestions and this website will help me to keep my heart working and to get healthier.

Hi Marlene, I am happy you are on my blog, I am fairly close to your age and I hope what I do will help you, I admire your courage, motion is lotion, movement is so important especially as we age, it is easy to just sit around for hours, but that just destroys you slowly, so even when you are tired, get up and walk for a short period, it keeps everything circulating and that helps your mobility, move your joints through their full range of movement, it helps to lubricate them and keep them free, thanks for joining I wish you well and good health. Ian

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