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Losing weight at 48.
More coveted than a diamond. As elusive as James Bond. From the cradle to the grave, our ever-morphing bodies are one step ahead of us when it comes to body-fat, kilo’s and pounds, ageing, and health.
Metabolism, muscles, bones, hormones, gut health, belly fat, and waist size all are the focus as we grow and age. Body image, defined as the picture of us in our heads but not based on our physical reality, dictates our self- esteem. Emotions, feelings, psychology are all effected by the body image reflected in our heads when we can not see a mirror but can see other people. This is how the idea of optimum health and vanity become interlinked. Our outward appearance becomes the focal point to lose weight by any means possible rather than losing weight to prevent diseases from forming in our bodies.
We want our cake, and eat it. And then we want to look like cake.
Confronted with social media images of skinny young girls modelling the most expensive clothes and bags on the planet, or of personal trainers with the hardest and flattest of bellies, we want that for ourselves not realising that only a few people on the planet actually look like that. It is not necessarily the norm, or common denominator of the global population. A purely muscular body is very hard to achieve. So unless your bread and butter depends on it, you most likely won’t get one no matter how you try. You can’t defeat the ageing process. You are going to grow old and you are going to face the effects of muscular atrophy, and increasing belly fat, even if you do exercise and watch what you eat regularly.
Hormones are neurotransmitters that help the body perform the basic functions required to live a healthy life. Reproduction, metabolism, sleep, happiness, sexual desire and function, stress, digestion, love, muscles, hunger, satiation, moods, clarity of thought, anxiety, sugar levels, are all controlled by hormones. The body needs to have all these hormones balanced, or achieve a state of homeostasis in order to have a healthy body and not gain excessive weight as we age.
However, hormones do naturally become imbalanced as we age at certain important growth milestones. For instance, when we morph from children in to young adults, the surge in the sex hormones causes the bodily changes that cause puberty, eventually leading us in to adulthood. When the thyroid hormone becomes imbalanced, either producing too little or too much, weight gain or weight loss is a result. When a female conceives a baby, hormones helped her not only become pregnant, but also help her grow the baby inside the body to full term, or unfortunately lose the foetus before nine months. It’s hormones that regulate her menstrual cycle. It’s hormones that dictate a man’s fertility too as well as how much his belly will grow as he ages, and how early he will lose hair from his head.
As the female body shuts down reproduction, oestrogen and progesterone progressively decline. And you will notice weight gain on the scale, despite your best efforts at the gym and in the kitchen. Peri menopause, and then menopause is akin to having the carpet pulled out from under your feet, because you will not be able to comprehend what is happening to your body and mind. It’s an uncomfortable change for most.
But the imbalances do not last forever.
Hormone balance and then Imbalances are a part of life, much like the spiritual, financial and relationship ups and downs we encounter. In fact all of these factors play a role in our overall health and can effect our weight and the amount of belly fat we hold. Losing weight is not as simple as calories in and calories out. Losing weight is a compounded and complex formula which can change as you age. If you are someone who likes to say I want to be as thin as I was 10 years ago, then you need to re-evaluate the reality of your desire to turn back the clock. You can’t have the body of a ten year old when you are 48 and peri-menopausal. Instead of focusing on turning back the clock, meet yourself where you are now, in the present. Take into account all the factors that make up your life, stress levels, quality of relationships, of sleep, the quality of the ingredients you use to prepare your meals, the quality of the thoughts racing through your head and most importantly how you should make effective long lasting changes to your physical weight or health through the right type of workout at this stage in life.
Weightlifting, walking, jogging, swimming, cycling, Pilates and yoga, any exercise that makes your heart muscle stronger and the musculoskeletal system stronger should be your choice of exercise. Muscles not only burn calories at rest, but also ensure optimal function of the thyroid, hence keeping your metabolism efficiently working. You don’t have to aim for an impossibly ripped physique, but rather aim for strength. Notice how your body changes and your energy levels too, and prevent further weight gain, and promote healthy, gradual weight loss for the stage of life that you’re in.
If you want real time coaching about losing weight and balancing your hormones then book a session with Sonia Salim on Task human, right now!