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7 Ways to Shrink Your Waistline After 50

Eat This, Not That! Logo By Emily Shiffer of Eat This, Not That! | Slide 1 of 8: Attempting to lose weight is never easy. And it's notoriously difficult the older you are. For people 50 years old and above, it can present unique challenges compared to younger people attempting to lose weight."Losing weight after 50 becomes more difficult because as we get older, metabolic rate slows down due to muscle loss," says Lori Chong, RDN, LD, a registered dietitian at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. "Having more muscle increases metabolic rate; less muscle mass decreases metabolic rate." She notes that for women, losing weight after 50 can also be difficult due to hormonal changes that occur before and after menopause."In addition, this is a time of life in which we can be very busy with families, work, and aging parents," she says. "All of these things combined can lead to stress and poor sleep, which can lead to higher insulin levels (promoting fat storage) and cravings for quick energy sources (ie, high fat, high sugar foods)."It also snowballs into more unhealthy habits, since these time demands often mean those over 50 are time-crunched, which means that exercise habits may also slide, as well as more restaurant meals, which are often higher in calories than home-cooked meals. If you're struggling to lose weight over 50, here are seven tips that will help you lose some pounds and shrink your waist.Read on, and for more on how to eat healthy, make sure you avoid these 100 Unhealthiest Foods on the Planet.Read the original article on Eat This, Not That!

7 Ways to Shrink Your Waistline After 50

Attempting to lose weight is never easy. And it's notoriously difficult the older you are. For people 50 years old and above, it can present unique challenges compared to younger people attempting to lose weight.

"Losing weight after 50 becomes more difficult because as we get older, metabolic rate slows down due to muscle loss," says Lori Chong, RDN, LD, a registered dietitian at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. "Having more muscle increases metabolic rate; less muscle mass decreases metabolic rate." She notes that for women, losing weight after 50 can also be difficult due to hormonal changes that occur before and after menopause.

"In addition, this is a time of life in which we can be very busy with families, work, and aging parents," she says. "All of these things combined can lead to stress and poor sleep, which can lead to higher insulin levels (promoting fat storage) and cravings for quick energy sources (ie, high fat, high sugar foods)."

It also snowballs into more unhealthy habits, since these time demands often mean those over 50 are time-crunched, which means that exercise habits may also slide, as well as more restaurant meals, which are often higher in calories than home-cooked meals. If you're struggling to lose weight over 50, here are seven tips that will help you lose some pounds and shrink your waist.

Read on, and for more on how to eat healthy, make sure you avoid these 100 Unhealthiest Foods on the Planet.

Read the original article on Eat This, Not That!

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