As a young 20-something, fresh into adulthood, you may have found that you could eat what you wanted when you wanted it and still maintain a reasonably fit body. When you entered the next decade, you may have been more intentional about your food choices and spent more time at the gym to keep extra weight off. Now as a man over fifty, you may be struggling to lose any weight at all, regardless of how hard you work to get rid of the “dad bod.”
It may take more effort than it once had, but it is possible to lose weight and stay fit. Continue below to read some tips on how to lose the weight AND keep it off.
Why Can’t I Lose Weight?
As you age, your metabolism slows down and functions less efficiently than it once had in your youth. Your body requires fewer calories a day and any additional ones not used will turn into fat. On top of that, if you’re like most middle-aged men and you become less active or notice your energy levels have dropped, it can be hard to get motivated to work out. Weight gain can also signal decreased testosterone levels or hypothyroidism, which are both common in older men.
But that doesn’t mean you have to grow complacent with your body — it just means you may have to be more deliberate about your weight-loss strategy and Renewed Vitality is here to help!
What Can I do About It?
- Start with Your Plate — Much like how it’s important for your body’s hormones to remain in balance, your plate should also have balance. When portioning your dinner plate, half of the plate should have vegetables, a quarter should have a lean protein, such as chicken, turkey, salmon, or eggs, and the remaining quarter should have a “quality” carbohydrate, such as brown rice or oats, according to the “perfect plate” strategy. The average day of a 50-something-year-old man is usually busy with work meetings, sporting events for the kids, and household chores, which makes grabbing fast food an appealing option since it’s quick and easy. But meal-prepping during the weekends or in any downtime can help you stick to your healthy diet and manage your portion control.
- Break a Sweat at the Gym — While you may have one preferred type of exercise, such as solely weightlifting or cardio, it’s important to mix up the workouts. One study found that “older people who did a combination of 30 minutes of aerobic exercise and 30 minutes of resistance exercise three days per week reduced their body fat percentage and gained muscle.” While one exercise method burns more calories than fat, the other does the opposite, which provides the results you want.
- Review Your Medications — If you are not seeing any improvements after incorporating a healthy diet and exercise regimen into your daily routine, it may be a good idea to look into the side effects of your medication. As you age, you may be prescribed medications for various conditions and some of these medications can result in weight gain. If you believe that the one you are taking may be the cause of your weight gain, talk to your doctor about other medication options.
- Find Your Balance — If the weight gain is related to a hormone imbalance, you may still struggle to lose the weight even after sticking to a healthy diet and exercise routine. That’s when it’s time to come to Renewed Vitality. Naturally, hormone levels can decrease with age including testosterone, and can leave you suffering with weight gain, erectile dysfunction, infertility, decreased muscle mass, and lowered sex drive.
Renewed Vitality offers Testosterone Replacement Therapy to help you find your balance. Each patient is treated with a personalized plan that suits their unique imbalance
How can Renewed Vitality Help?
At Renewed Vitality, we offer a Serotonin-Plus Weight Loss Program that combines diet, lifestyle changes, and medical supplements to help boost weight loss efforts and teach healthy behavior changes that will last a lifetime.
Once you enroll in the program, you will receive a customized diet plan that will help you balance food groups and learn portion sizes. Our medical practitioner will also periodically administer a small dose of phentermine, a stimulant that helps curb your appetite and jump start your metabolism, and also provide a mood-balancing serotonin pill and multivitamin. Schedule your weight loss consultation today and get started on your life changing journey.