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Why is it more difficult for older people to lose weight?


As I get older, it seems more difficult to lose weight. Why is this?

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A couple of factors contribute to the difficulty older people, meaning seniors, face when trying to lose weight. First off, it is important to stress that we are talking about seniors. There is absolutely no reason for any sort of difficulty in losing weight if you are between the ages of 40 and 55. If you are between these ages and experiencing difficulty losing weight, it is due to some other factor but not your age.

For seniors, the two factors that contribute to weight gain are continuing the same eating patterns but becoming less active. There are only two factors that contribute to weight gain and weight loss in the first place: calories eaten and calories burned. Nothing changes this fact as we get older. What does change is that we become less active so fewer calories are burned.

Older people may find it difficult to lose weight because they find it difficult to exercise to the extent that it takes to overcome their calorie intake. Weak joints, arthritis, muscle cramps, and other factors all play a role in affecting what exercises can be done. In reality, there are many low-impact exercises that can be done to lose the weight, including swimming and walking. The really difficult part is the same for younger people: changing eating habits. Older people may have more psychological reinforcement over their eating patterns and may find it more difficult to change than younger people. This brings lack of weight loss in seniors to two basic reasons: psychological blocks over changing eating patterns and lack of education in what exercises can be done at their level of physical performance.


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