We’re constantly reminded that weight loss will help our hearts, our joints, and everything else. But as I’ve gotten older, it seems harder to lose weight, even though I’m trying. Any suggestions? Meera Saxena, Mumbai
As you get older, the battle against the bulge does get tougher! That said, the war is not lost! It is possible to improve your fitness, lose weight, improve your mobility and joint strength at any age. Exercise and being physically active can help achieve all of the above. As you age, your metabolism tends to slow down due to loss of muscle mass. Incorporate weight training into your routine to increase your BMR. Increase physical activity levels in your daily routine by walking short distances, climbing stairs instead of taking the elevator and standing and moving instead of sitting or lying around. Also, monitor your diet. Eat small, sensible and balanced meals. Avoid sweets and fried foods. A sound nutrition plan coupled with an exercise regimen can help you achieve the weight loss you desire.