So you want to know...
Why have you been gaining weight so easily after turning 30 years old?
Why exercise and dieting don't work as well as they used?
The answers may surprise you but they are completely factual...
Here are the Top 3 Reasons For Rapid Weight Gain after 30:
1. Decreased Hormone Production
Aging results in a natural decrease in hormones which accelerates after 30. In particular there is a significant decrease in estrogen in females, testosterone in males and growth hormone in both sexes as we age.
These three hormones play essential metabolic roles and the decrease in hormones after 30 has a knock on effect on other hormones causing major imbalances.
When we combine these imbalances with poor nutrition we have a guaranteed recipe for weight gain.
Female estrogen hormone levels begin to drop after 30 and there is a massive drop of 35% by 50.
Male testosterone hormone levels start decreasing in the mid-20's then continue to decrease by about 1% per year.
Growth hormone drops after puberty and continues to drop by 1% a year in both sexes.
2. Decreased Metabolism
Everyone in their 30’s and 40’s knows that their metabolism decreases with age. You don’t need a scientific study to tell you that you cannot get away with eating a pizza like you used to in your twenties.
This noticeable decrease in our metabolism is due to two reasons. Firstly, the decreased hormone production after 30 mentioned above, plays a significant role in slowing down our metabolism and secondly, there is a huge decrease in our free fat mass with age. Your free fat mass is the weight of all tissues in your bodies other than fat. This includes all your bones, muscles and organs.
This is extremely important because the amount of free fat mass that we have is directly proportional to the speed of our metabolism. Higher free fat mass means faster metabolism and more weight loss.
The good news is...
there are ways to your easily increase your free fat mass resulting in a faster metabolism and easier weight loss. For a detailed explanation on how free fat mass is related to metabolism check out this article on metabolism and weight loss.
3. Decreased Free Time
Finally, we get to the most significant cause of weight gain after 30. Kids, family and careers take up all your time. For most middle aged adults, their careers are in full swing and their young families require all their attention.
This situation leaves us with little time and which makes following restrictive diets and sweat drenched workouts literally impossible.
Think about this for a moment...
an average person, would take 15-20 minutes to get to a gym, work out for a minimum of 30 minutes, shower, change and get back home in another 30-45 minutes. I certainly don’t know many adults that have 1,5 to 2 hours of free time.
Let be honest...
Diets and workouts are unsustainable and something will definitely come up at home or at work that will disrupt your best laid workout plans. Days go by so quick that you only realise that you haven’t been working out after a few weeks of not getting to a gym.
The limited time and extra responsibilities that comes with age also make it very difficult to eat properly. Mornings are crazy for most of us and it usually ends with us eating the easiest or closest food in our sight. This continues through the day and we end up in a cycle of poor nutrition that is difficult to break.
So whats the answer?
Addressing these age related causes of weight gain is a start. Re-balance and increase your hormones, Increase your free fat mass and find weight loss solutions that are time friendly to give yourself the best chance to lose weight after 30.
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Our research is focused on finding weight loss strategies that take into account the specific problems of decreased metabolisms, hormonal imbalances and limited free time that are the main reasons for weight gain as you age.