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(Seoul = Larose.VIP) As I get older, it feels like I gain weight easily and have difficulty losing it.

Why does weight gain, commonly called ‘age fat’, occur?

As you age, your basal metabolic rate decreases, making it easier to gain weight.

A decrease in basal metabolic rate means that the amount of energy our body needs decreases.

The energy required is small, but if you consume food at the same level as before, the remaining calories become ‘flab’.

Additionally, the ability of fat cells to break down fat and supply it as an energy source decreases, making it easier to gain weight.

Changes in sex hormone secretion due to aging also have an effect.

As sex hormones that help build muscle decrease, fat accumulates easily.

Park Young-hwan, a professor of family medicine at Severance Hospital, explained, “Men’s sex hormone called ‘testosterone’ decreases by 1% every year starting in their 30s, causing a decrease in muscle mass and an increase in body fat.”

He continued, “As women enter menopause, the secretion of ‘estrogen’ decreases rapidly, and visceral fat increases, which can be the cause of age gain.”

Age spots are often concentrated in the abdomen.

Decreased growth hormone is one of the causes.

Growth hormone is also secreted in the body of an adult who has completed growth, allowing fat to be evenly distributed to the limbs.

As growth hormones decrease as we age, when we reach middle age, fat cannot spread to the ends of our arms and feet and accumulates in our stomach.

The problem is that obesity caused by age can lead to various diseases.

Visceral fat can cause inflammation and cause metabolic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

These risk factors are also known to be associated with vascular dementia.

There is also a possibility that weight gain may affect musculoskeletal and joint diseases such as degenerative arthritis.

To prevent age gain, you need to eat a nutritionally balanced diet.

As you get older, your sense of taste and smell decline, making it easier to find spicy and salty foods. Be careful with spicy foods, as they can easily lead to weight gain.

It is recommended to reduce the intake of refined carbohydrates and monosaccharides, which are poisonous to abdominal obesity, and eat protein-rich foods to maintain muscle mass.

Also, you should avoid smoking and drinking as much as possible, which can cause inflammatory reactions in the body.

Regular exercise combining aerobic and muscle strength is essential.

However, you must be careful because high-intensity exercise can put a strain on bones, joints, and muscles weakened by aging.

Professor Park said, “Training muscles focusing on the lower body, such as the thighs and buttocks, which are the largest muscles in our body, is a great help in increasing basal metabolic rate,” and “maintains the function of growth hormones and sex hormones involved in metabolism.” “To do this, stress management and good sleep are important,” he emphasized.

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