Weight Gain and the Age Factor: Turning Back the Clock

Interview with Dr. Mimi Secor:

Dr. Mimi Secor has been a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner, specializing in Women’s Health, for over 40 years. She is a popular National Speaker and Consultant, educating advanced practice clinicians and consumers around the country and the world. Dr. Mimi is also a fitness and health advocate, and is passionate about helping women to lose weight and feel great.

Here are some of the few things Dr. Mimi thinks you need to know more about weight gain and why age matters:

  1. As we age our metabolism slows down (unless we exercise and lift weights). This is because we begin to lose muscle mass after age 40. If we continue to eat the same amount we will gradually gain weight. This also explains why, as we age, it is more challenging to lose weight. We lose weight more slowly and sometimes we are unable to lose weight.

  2. Another factor relates to yo-yo dieting. The more our weight has fluctuated over the years the more stubborn our metabolism can become. This can make losing weight increasingly difficult and frustrating.
  3. As we age we also often experience more stress which raises our cortisol levels. High cortisol levels have been linked to increased storage of calories and fat and can interfere with efforts to lose weight.
  4. Poor sleep is also more common as we age, and this has been linked to weight gain and also can interfere with weight loss efforts.
  5. Reduced activity as we age is also common and can make it harder for people to lose weight as they age.
  6. Many people drink excessive alcohol which can impede weight loss efforts. Alcohol is a poison and metabolism of food dramatically slows down until the alcohol is processed by the body. This pattern can lead to storage of food calories as fat.
  7. Mindset is also a major reason people find it hard to lose weight as they age. Unfortunately, as many people age, they develop a myriad of excuses as to why they are unable to eat healthily and exercise. The most common are; I don’t have enough time, I’m too tired, I don’t have enough money, I’m too tired or don’t have enough time to food prep, I’m not a morning person, I don’t know where to start, It’s too complicated, I lack confidence in myself, I’ve tried so many times before, I start strong then relapse back to past bad habits, etc.
  8. Women often notice a change in their metabolism after pregnancy, perimenopausal and during post-menopause. Changes in hormones associated with these reproductive events can impact metabolism making weight loss more difficult.

Available for Interviews: Dr. Mimi Secor.

Dr. Mimi Secor,
 DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, is a Nurse Practitioner, Educator, Health/Fitness Advocate. She is also a popular National Speaker and Consultant, educating advanced practice clinicians and consumers around the country and the world. She is the author of the #1 International bestselling book, Debut a New You: Transforming Your Life at Any Age.

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