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Do you ever won­der why it’s harder to lose weight, as you get older? You’re ex­er­cis­ing con­sis­tently, eat­ing a healthy diet with the oc­ca­sional treat, but the re­al­ity is that it’s still a lot harder to drop ki­los than when you were young.

As we age, we tend to be­come less ac­tive and gain weight with much of that weight com­ing from in­creased body fat. But this fat is gen­er­ally stored around the ab­domen. I’ve had clients that even when they work on be­ing leaner, the midriff fat stub­bornly re­mains.

One in four of us may have Meta­bolic Syn­drome Dis­or­der (MSD), also known as Syn­drome X. MSD is a com­bi­na­tion of obe­sity with high blood sugar lev­els (that can lead to type 2 diabetes), high blood pres­sure and high choles­terol.

The best pre­dic­tor of Meta­bolic Syn­drome Dis­or­der (MSD) be­sides this com­bi­na­tion, is if we mea­sure our waist cir­cum­fer­ence. Over 35” for women and over 40” for men is con­sid­ered to be ex­ces­sive.

Body fat around the mid­dle or specif­i­cally – adi­pose fat tis­sue, is recog­nised in it­self as a hor­monal or­gan, making hor­mones in­clud­ing lep­tin, oe­stro­gen and re­sistin. Gut fat can even in­crease in­flam­ma­tion in the body.

Ex­cess stored gut fat and in­ac­tiv­ity also causes blood sugar in­crease and in­sulin re­sis­tance. Most peo­ple with in­sulin re­sis­tance don’t know they have it for many years — un­til they de­velop type 2 diabetes, a se­ri­ous, life­long dis­ease.

You see, in­sulin nor­mally helps to keep your blood sugar level from get­ting too high or too low sig­nalling our body to ab­sorb sugar from the blood­stream or, stor­ing it in the liver for fu­ture use.

When the body be­comes re­sis­tant to in­sulin it needs higher lev­els of in­sulin to help sugar en­ter cells for en­ergy. As long as the pan­cre­atic beta cells are able to

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