Age causes some health-related problems. One of those is your metabolism slowing down. There is very little that you can do about the natural slowness of older metabolisms, too.
While you still enjoy the diet, you did when you were younger; your body doesn’t need the calories. A slower metabolism means that your body burns fewer calories throughout the day. Where you may have once burned 2,000 calories a day, you could now burn just 1,600. When you eat 400 extra calories a day, your body has to store them instead of expelling them. You end up larger than you want to be.
At the same time, age causes the cells to die. Our health deteriorates, which further affects that metabolism. Age-related obesity is a growing concern. You need to look at the food you’re eating, the activity you do, and so much more.
The good news is that while you can’t do much to aid the resting metabolic rate, there are some things that you can do to avoid obesity. Here are 12 proven ways to control and manage age-related obesity, so it doesn’t cause future health problems.
Focus on a Healthy and Balanced Diet
This seems to be the focus whatever your age when it comes to managing your weight. It is far more important as you get older due to the changes to your metabolism and other age-related problems. Your cells are dying. Your body doesn’t react the way it once did, the skin suffers, and the blood doesn’t flow around the body as easily.
So you need to do everything you can to prevent a major health problem. Focus on foods that are low in calories but high in nutrients. You want to get more vegetables and whole grains in your diet.
If you haven’t already done this, you need to get rid of the saturated fats and simple carbs in your diet. Switch your pasta for brown pasta and rice. Choose brown bread instead of white bread and opt for avocados and olive oil instead of vegetable oil and junk food.
That doesn’t mean you can’t have any sweet food. You want to cut down and not completely cut out. Rather than enjoying three meals and two snacks, opt for five or six small meals a day of healthy and nutritious food. You’ll feel less need to snack, as your energy levels will be sustained throughout the day.
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