Many of us work very hard to lose belly fat and love handles because we want to feel confident about our bodies in more revealing clothes (swimsuits come to mind). Sadly, there are some bulges that just don’t seem to budge. You know, those stubborn areas like the belly, lower back and thighs. You’ve developed healthier eating habits and you’re exercising regularly, why is it so much harder now to lose fat than 20 years ago? Here are a few explanations:
As we get older, our metabolism slows making it harder and harder to get rid of fat. This is due to a decline in our physical ability that starts around age 30. It’s not coincidental that this is around the same time when many world-class athletes start retiring, or when those stubborn pockets of fat start to appear. Belly fat and love handles seem to appear out of nowhere and we seem to say goodbye to the flat stomach of our youth.
Frequent dieting has also been shown to affect the metabolic rate as well, and not in a good way. People who diet frequently actually have a significant decline, so dieting (especially crash diets) may actually make it more difficult to get rid of that belly fat or lose those love handles.
Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be an age-related appetite decline. Most people continue to consume the same amount of calories that they did 20 years ago, but have become more sedentary, resulting in weight gain.
If you’re one of those people who has been living a healthier lifestyle and can’t figure out how to lose the fat that resists diet and exercise, contact us to book your complimentary consultation today!