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Why People Get Fatter When They Get Older?

August 15th, 2010 · 3 Comments ·


Is it true that if you eat the same amount of food, you can still become fatter when you are getting older?

Unfortunately, yes. In addition to having wrinkles, older people will gain weight. Here are 3 key reasons:

  1. Starting in 40s, you will lose half pound to two pounds of muscle and gain a pound of fat every year naturally. The more muscle you lose, the slower the metabolism will be and making calorie burning slower. The body you once had at 20 will no longer be the same when you are going to middle age.
  2. Many elderly people have joint problems. Without choosing the right exercise, they suffer more pain. Some decided to give up and becoming less active. With little physical activities and spending more time in front of television, they burn less calories.
  3. To make thing worse, some still eat the same amount of food, if not more than they ate during younger days. To give you a better picture on this – say, when you are 40 years old, you need to eat 2,200 calories a day. When you are 50 years old, assuming you need only 2,000 calories a day, but you still eat 2,200 calories a day. You eat additional 200 calories a day. In one year, 365 x 200 = 73,000 more calories.  3,500 calories = 1 pound of fat, so you may end up gaining as much as 20 pounds of fat in a year time!


No one want to gain more weight when he gets older, including Santa Claus. So, can you do something about it? Definitely yes. Weight gain is something you can avoid even if you are getting older. Here are few tips:

  • Exercise regularly. Jog, swim, or cycle, or whatever you can get yourself moving. If you are young, start early while time is on your side. Make it a habit. Even if you are already 50s or 60s, do not give up. It is better late than never. Get off the couch and do houseworks like vacuuming or gardening.
  • Lift weights to maintain your current muscle mass, or hopefully, can build a little bit more. You need to have some muscles to help burning more calories. Apart from that, if you lose muscle mass, you will lose strength and ability to do everyday tasks like climbing stairs, walking or even getting up from a chair. Many older people tend to fall because of the lost strength and I do not want you to have the same issue when you age.
  • Eat healthy. When you get older, you need to eat less in each meal and split 3 big meals a day into 5 to 6 meals. Eat less fried or oily food. Avoid junk food. Getting older does not give anyone the license to eat all the foods youngster should avoid. Eat food in high fiber, fruit and vegetables.

However, you still need to be realistic. Don’t expect yourself to look like Ryan Reynolds or Jessica Biel when you are old. When we get older, we need longer time to lose weight.

Hopefully, by knowing the tips above, while you are gaining maturity and wisdom when you age, you will still be healthy and fit.



Category: Weight Loss

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  • Mark Chew // Aug 16, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    Hi Mun,

    Indeed, there are people who have the misconception that when they age, they will be afflicted with many diseases and body breakdown.

    However as you correctly pointed out, we all have a choice and we can choose to lead healthily even before out body breaks down


  • Khristal // Aug 18, 2010 at 5:11 AM

    Most definitley I agree, we have a choice, and just because you gain age, doesnt mean you have to gain weight and diseases. Get it right today to have a great Future!

  • Shelly // Nov 12, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    I have lost a significant amount of weight in the lat 4 months. clean eating, regular exercise, and now I am carb cycling- one day I eat higher complex carbs and the next I eat lower carbs. I am absolutely in love with the science of nutrition. I eat only nutrients that nourish or cleanse my body. If you are serious about helping your body, you must educate yourself about food, suppliments and your metabolism in general. It is fascinating, and relatively easy to master.

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