Few people relish the steps needed to drop a few pounds. But losing weight when you are younger may be easier than it is for those 50 and older. That’s because metabolic changes and habits may interfere with weight loss.
As we age the body goes through different changes. For many, metabolism might just slow down. That means whatever is eaten could take longer to be digested and burned off. However, metabolism isn’t directly linked to age. It has to do more with muscle mass.
It is well known that muscle burns fat. The more muscle a person has, generally the less fat there is a and whatever ft is present is burned more quickly. As one ages, muscle mass may decrease. This contributes to metabolism changes, often resulting in more fat.
There are different types of fat that can affect one’s health.
Visceral fat: This is the most dangerous fat that surrounds the interal organs. It can be hard to get rid of this fat without healthy eating and exercise.
Subcutaneous fat: This fat is directly underneath the skin. Although it can be unsightly and cause a person to be self-conscious, it isn’t as dangerous medically and is the easier fat to remove with diet and exercise.
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