Ageing & Obesity

Have you ever wondered why the transition from teens to thirties is also a transition from Fab to Fat? Here are two key reasons why:

  • Fat cells: As you age, your fat cells are designed to start storing more and releasing less energy. This is especially true for women, whose fat cells take on the added task of generating estrogens.
  • BMR: In addition, adults lose an average of one pound of muscle a year, which impacts their BMR.

Not just this, after studying the relationship between body mass index at the age of 25 and obesity later in life, researchers have found that people who are obese by 25 have a much higher risk of more severe obesity after the age of 35.This risk was even more pronounced in women than men.

So start taking these steps right away to keep your BMI within 25:

  • Drink water, especially before meals: It can boost metabolism by 24-30% over a period of 1-1.5 hours, helping you burn off a few more calories. Low cal clear soups or buttermilk can also serve the purpose.
  • Eggs For Breakfast: Studies show that replacing a grain-based breakfast with eggs can help you eat fewer calories for the next 36 hours, and lose more weight and more body fat. If you can’t eat eggs for some reason, any source of quality protein for breakfast should do the trick.
  • Drink Green Tea: Green tea contains small amounts of caffeine, but it is also loaded with powerful antioxidants called catechins,that work synergistically with caffeine to enhance fat burning
  • Cut Back on Added Sugar: Studies show that sugar (and high fructose corn syrup) consumption is strongly associated with the risk of obesity, as well as diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and others.
  • Eat More Vegetables and Fruits:Vegetables and fruits contain few calories, but a lot of fiber. They are also rich in water, which gives them a low energy density.
  • Get adequate sleep: Studies show that poor sleep is one of the strongest risk factors for obesity, being linked to an 89% increased risk of obesity in children, and 55% in adults.