Ladies, don’t make your age an excuse for weight gain.

We hear it all the time; so many people struggle to maintain their weight when they get older. Once you get older, your body doesn’t respond the same way to weight loss efforts as when you were in your 20s.

Fat is less metabolically active than muscle—you don’t need as many calories to maintain fat as you do to keep your muscles. As you age, your muscle mass decreases, while fat mass increases. Hormonal changes can also lead to weight gain, depending on your genetic makeup.

There’s much more to worry about with an expanding waistline. Certainly more important than how you look in your clothes … or at the beach.

That expanding spare tire reflects an increase in visceral fat, the type of fat that encases your organs. More fat in your belly area can present serious health problems. That is a decisive risk factor for heart disease (especially for women!), type 2 diabetes, and even some cancers.

Aging is not an excuse for gaining weight. Stay proactive and keep the extra weight off.

Here are some tips on what you can do to stay active. If you need a personalized plan or consultation, send me a message, and let’s talk.

1. Stay active. Get a fitness tracker to log your daily activity level.
2. Watch your diet. Stay away from sugar and eat your veggies and protein.
3. Get your beauty sleep.
4. Drink enough water.
5. Don’t get into the “Oh, I’m too old” mentality, and keep your mind young. We all get older, surround ourselves with people who have the same mindset, and stay active.

So many things you can do to enjoy every day in good health, but you have to put the work in.