Is Being Older Better for Fat Loss?

When I do a DEXA scan in my office clients wonder why it appears that a person gets thinner as they get older, past the age of 70. (See above) 

You’ll notice on the Composition Reference Total Graph (above in purple) the trend for the entire population is a normal increase in body fat from ages 20-70, then a decrease in body fat.  
Q) Does a person really get thinner as they get older? 
A) No. 

Q) Then why does the graph show that they do? 
A) Because individuals that had more body fat have died. 

Thinner individuals remain (Which happens at every age) but statistically is proven by age 70. 

Furthermore, it is not just a gender issue. 

Sure more men die who are obese and men have a shorter life expectancy than women in general but it’s not a gender issue. 

It’s where the fat is stored! In general, men have an android body fat distribution (they hold more fat around the mid-section).  This visceral fat blocks and slows down endocrine (hormone) efficiency. 

Women who hold more belly fat can also be at increased risk as well.
Obesity is a problem: 

The Health Effects of Overweight and Obesity
•All-causes of death (mortality)
•High blood pressure (Hypertension)
•High LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high levels of triglycerides (Dyslipidemia)
•Type 2 diabetes
•Coronary heart disease
•Stroke
•Gallbladder disease
•Osteoarthritis (a breakdown of cartilage and bone within a joint)

How do you begin to reverse Obesity? 

1) The Right Exercise: How to get twice the results in ½ the time with exercise – cardio is fine, but strength training MUST be the focus. 
•Design  –  workouts around joint limitations and skeletal alignment
•Change  – each day should be somewhat different
•Progress – like school or work you must advance for progress
•Consistency – at least 3x per week
Time of day – for fat loss fasting workouts are most effective (before you eat) 

2) The Right Diet:
•Selection – the most important aspect of diet
•Glucose – eat foods that limit an increase to glucose (blood sugar)
•Insulin – as glucose stays low, insulin will decrease with time
•Foods – Proteins, good fats, low glycemic carbs (veggies, some fruits or legumes)

3) Track your success with Accountability:
•Tracking pounds of fat or body fat percentage is the most accurate (DEXA scan)
•Should be minimally once a month
•A qualified and experienced person should be coaching you with both feedback and perspective
•This process must be consistent for long-term success

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