Age Related Weight Gain

There is a mechanism that has been long known to contribute to age-related weight gain.  That mechanism is a decrease in resting metabolic rate.  Your resting metabolic rate is the number of calories that you burn when you are ate rest.  Or in other words, if you lay in bed all day, how many calories would you burn?

As we age, your resting metabolic rate goes down and can lead to significant weight gaineven if you haven’t changed your diet at all.

 

Metabolism Goes                              Up

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Weight Goes                                   DOWN

 

To make matters worse, dieting can make this problem worse because it can lead to a further decrease in resting metabolic rate.  Why?  Because most diets don’t address your metabolism, they only address the scale.  So many people go on a diet and lose weight; however their metabolism actually gets worse.  Now as you probably guessed, if you stopped dieting the weight comes back on…and then some.

Obese and overweight individuals have a reduced life expectancy.  They also have a greater risk of many disorders including heart disease, dementia, osteoarthritis, allergies, and diabetes.

Scientists have uncovered ways to reverse the decrease in metabolic rate that makes it so easy to gain weight and gain fat just by aging.

Most of us tend to experience a reduction in metabolism as we age, which leads to an unhealthy accumulation of extra body fat.  A wealth of evidence now suggests that this tendency to pack on pounds over time originates with changes in your body’s relationship with calories.

  1. As we age, our energy expenditure drops due to a decline in resting metabolic rate.
  2. Aging may also cause a reduction in the conversion of stored body fat to energy
  3. There is an age related reduction in fat-free mass in your body—which means a proportionate loss of this more metabolically active and energy-burning muscle tissue.
  4. Attempts to lose excess weight trigger a decrease in resting metabolic rate—ironically contributing to weight gain.

The Solution:

The ideal solution to this problem would be one that increases metabolism and supports the burning of fat.  At Multi-Care we use a computer device that accurately tests your Resting Metabolic Rate.  Once we determine what your Resting Metabolic Rate is, we modify diet and implement nutritional and exercise protocols that have been proven through research to increase resting metabolic rate.  Then, we retest your resting metabolic rate on an on-going basis so we can see that the program is working, or make the necessary changes.

No guess work.

The “Golden Rule” of weight loss is you do not want to lose muscle.  Losing muscle means a drop in your metabolism.  By using this sophisticated software, we can ensure that you are losing excess fat, and not muscle.  That shows you are losing fat weight because your metabolism is improving.

The test itself is simple and painless, where small electrode pads are placed on the hand and the foot.  The test itself is very quick, and we get the information we need to give us a baseline which we can compare with future testing to ensure the effectiveness of the program.

The test shows us the amount of fat, water, and lean mass you have.  Again, weight loss programs should not create a loss of muscle.  This will only make your metabolism worse.

Finally, science and nutrition have come together to allow for better accuracy when following a weight loss program.

In conclusion, not changing your diet or not changing your exercise as we age leads to a reduced resting metabolic rate for most of us.  Weight loss programs need to be monitored by testing to ensure you are not only losing the undesired and unhealthy fat, but that your metabolism is increasing.  Call our office today (770) 922-2556 for a complimentary consultation so we can explain further how we can help.