Why do we get fat when we get older (and it’s not just our metabolism’s fault)?

Why do we get fat when we get older (and it’s not just our metabolism’s fault)?


The battle against the scale is something that torments many past a certain age … and certain kilos.

The body of the 20 years that you believed would accompany you forever begins to change and the pants that favored you so much do not go over your knees.

The curve of happiness, the holsters and the float seem to have come to stay.

Aging and fattening are two things that usually go hand in hand, although some scientists say that weight gain in middle age is not entirely inevitable.

The solution, they say, is to find a physical activity that makes you consume a lot of energy.

And is that fattening is always associated with metabolism : the way in which our body consumes energy.

A slow metabolism is one that burns fewer calories at rest than is considered normal. It is also known as basal metabolism .

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Image captionWeight gain does not just have to do with what we eat.

When we get older, our metabolism slows down as a matter of survival. Cells burn food more slowly and tend to cling to fat, prepared to have a reserve to dip into if necessary.

But there are other, more unknown causes that make us gain weight as we gain years.

These are for the British public health service, the NHS, the main reasons that are hidden in weight loss that have nothing to do with our metabolism.

1. Medicines

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Image captionSide effects of many drugs involve weight gain.

With age there are also ailments and sometimes chronic diseases appear that bind us to lifelong remedies. Weight gain is a common side effect of many medications.

According to the NHS, the most common medications that can cause weight gain are steroids , antipsychotics and insulin, among others.

Solution : Never skip your doctor’s instructions but talk to him or her to explore other drugs.

2. Insomnia

Sleeping little is not good for our brain but not for our weight and our health in general. Dr. Neil Stanley, sleep expert at the University Hospital of Norfolk and Norwich (England) says that “there is a very strong link between lack of sleep and weight gain.”

As we get older we tend to sleep less so the chances of getting fat increase, warn from the British health service.

Solution: sleep more. Dr. Stanley of the British public service states that “sleep is vital to our physical and mental health”.

3. Television

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Image captionSee many television invites a more sedentary life.

Whether for pleasure or because our health does not allow us to have a physically active life, watching a lot of television contributes to a sedentary life .

According to studies verified by the NHS, when we are in front of the screen many times we consume calories that we do not need.

The nutritionist of the public service Anna Suckling explains: “People often discover that, while sitting in front of the television, they take high-calorie foods such as chips and chocolate.”

4. Stress

As we get older, responsibilities increase. We worry more and suffer stress. A common way to deal with this situation is to eat more than we need and sugar is a recurring food.

Taking sugary snacks raises the spirits and is an extra energy contribution but doing it frequently can be fatal to our health.

Solution: in addition to trying to eliminate what stresses you, prepare healthy snacks and try to do some exercise, recommends specialist Suckling.

Other causes that are more common and related to metabolism are muscle loss, dysfunction of hormones and increased blood sugar levels.

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