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How to Lose Weight After 50

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 and whatever fat 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 internal 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.

To help ensure health and promote greater weight loss, here are some tips to employ.

• Get walking: Walking is a low-impact cardiovascular exercise that is beneficial to most people. In addition to cardiovascular exercise, walking can help to reduce stress.

• Eat smaller portions: As we age we may simply need less food to fill us up. Try scaling back on portions.

• Do toning exercises: Muscle strengthening exercises can keep muscles strong, which can promote overall strength and better posture. It can also help to keep bones and joints aligned to reduce injury.

• Make gradual changes: Sudden changes could be jarring to the body. Plus, they're harder to accept than gradual changes. A little change here and there is most effective.

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