Here’s How To Lose Belly Fat After 50, Doctors Say: Eat This, Not That

Getting older has its advantages, but a disadvantage of reaching 50 is that it becomes more difficult to lose weight, but not impossible. With a few positive lifestyle changes, you can lose stubborn belly fat that is a health problem because it can lead to other serious problems like heart disease, stroke, and premature death. So even though it may be more difficult, don’t be discouraged. Eat this, not that! Health spoke to experts who reveal how to get rid of belly fat and help keep it off. Read on, and to ensure your health and that of others, don’t miss these Sure signs you’ve already had COVID.

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Dr. Suzanna Wong. licensed doctor of chiropractic and health expert with Twin Waves Wellness says, “It’s harder to lose weight after age 50 because your body has different requirements. It’s more noticeable for women going through menopause, but not impossible. Your body deals with carbs differently, and the loss of estrogen means your muscles break down much faster, unless you do resistance exercise and eat a higher protein diet. With less muscle your metabolism falls, which means it seems harder to lose weight.”

Robert Autumn a personal trainer, weight loss and wellness expert, and powerlifter adds, “One of the reasons it’s harder to lose weight after 50 is age-related muscle loss. As people age, begins to lose muscle. Because muscle is metabolically active. , the less they have the slower a person’s metabolism and the fewer calories they burn. Also, with less muscle, people generally become less active so they burn even fewer calories. As they gain more weight they become even less active and the situation compounds. The solution to this is strength training. Lifting weights prevents or reverses age-related muscle loss so that your overall metabolism will be higher. Also, after weight training, the body’s metabolism is elevated for 48 to 72 hours afterward as the body recovers. Also, as one builds more muscle through weight training, es he will feel better and be stronger and more likely to be active and engage in sports and recreational activities and chores. All this advertising ds up to more calories burned and easier weight loss.”

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Dr. Wong says, “Count your calories. Make sure you’re in a calorie deficit and your belly fat will start to come off.”

Pam Sherman, a certified personal trainer with The Perfect Balance recommends “creating a small calorie deficit for overall weight loss. This is the best way to lose weight by being responsible for what one eats/drinks.”

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Dr. Wong suggests, “Drink enough water. For women 2-3 liters a day, for men 4 liters a day. This helps your body work effectively and lowers cortisol levels, helping you get rid of belly fat.”

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Caroline Grainger, ISSA Certified Personal Trainer a fitness trainer.reminds us, “Belly fat is stubborn. You’re not going to get rid of it with a quick diet or a neat trick. It’s going to take intentional, sustained eating that you can stick to in order to really succeed. Your ultimate goal is shrinking. to create a caloric deficit.”

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Grainger says: “Good cardio workouts like walking, running, cycling, swimming and racquet sports are the best ways to burn calories quickly, and they’re also the least impactful forms of exercise on your body, meaning that you’ll be. able to keep the habit.”

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Sherman stresses, “Get enough sleep! When our brains are tired, we crave sugar. Getting regular sleep can make it much easier to keep your food on track!”

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Jesse Nicassio, The former NFL player and CEO of Juke Gyms says, “Although fruit juice contains vitamins and minerals, it contains the same sugar as soda and other sugary drinks. Drinking large amounts can pose the same danger to the belly fat growth Unsweetened apple juice has 24 grams of sugar in an 8-ounce (240 ml) drink, half of which is fructose Replace fruit juice with water, unsweetened iced tea, or sparkling for a slice of lemon or lime to help reduce excess belly fat.”

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“Not only does this lower the calories, but more importantly, it will help reduce visceral fat, which is the fat stored around the organs, and it always shows up as belly fat,” explains Dr. Wong.

Heather Newgen

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