How to maintain a healthy weight after 60

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Controlling excess weight is more than a matter of image. Over the years, following the right plan also means health concerns.

When we blow out our 60th anniversary candles, everything changes. At least, on the surface. Over time, the image we see reflected in the mirror shows more wrinkles and gray hair. Each line and thread tells a little story of our lives, marking the experiences that made us the people we are now and guided us to where we are. But, if there are changes that are welcome, others have consequences that we can very well do without.

As we add up the birthdays, the metabolism slows down. Because of this, the body no longer burns calories so easily. In this sense, a sedentary lifestyle and the practice of an unbalanced diet – which were once part of the routine – are now beginning to have effects on our body that were not noticed before.

Also, muscle mass tends to decrease while fat mass tends to increase. The result can be the accumulation of fat in certain areas of the body and even problems such as overweight and obesity. The latter require additional care, as they are risk factors for a series of complications for our health, such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, type II diabetes and cholesterol.

From the age of 60, we are more vulnerable to developing sarcopenic obesity, precisely because the loss of muscle and the accumulation of fat are accentuated between the ages of 50 and 70. In just two decades, we have less than 30% muscle strength, according to a study published in Clinical interventions in aging.

“So cut back on the sweets and walk more. Easy.” Yes and no. Losing weight at 60 is more complicated than at 30. However, just because it’s difficult doesn’t mean it’s impossible, especially if special diets and physical treatments are used under medical supervision.

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