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