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Why we get FAT in our 50s?

Just read this amazing article in my home country paper about why we get fat in our 50’s.  I thought I should share some of the content with you.

Just when you thought that baby boomers had it easy with their cheap university and roster of properties bought for a bag of avocados, It turns out that they’re hitting middle-age with some major changes in body composition.

Not just wrinkles, sagging skin and the full coverage of salt and pepper; becoming a quinquagenarian also means a decrease in muscle mass and an increase in fat. Aging Changes

Scientific Term for it all

Yes, they have a term for it, the state we find ourselves in as we become that quinquagenarian. Age-related muscle loss called Sarcopenia, which translates from Greek as a loss of flesh. This starts early, like in your 20s and 30s. nut it is most acute as we roll into our 50s.

We get that moment when we need a burst of strength and its MIA.

Sadly it is not only the loss of muscle but the accumulation of fat that goes with it, that compounds the change.

From there, there are scientific links to obesity and a specific health condition appropriately known as “sarcopenic-obesity”

Research that supports it, sadly

Associate Professor Debra Waters, Director of Gerontology Research and Director of Ageing Well National Science Challenge at Otago University, is a world expert in the field of age-related muscle loss and weight gain.

She says that as muscle and bone mass declines, body fat “continues to increase and peaks around middle age [55–65], after which time it starts decreasing although visceral fat continues to increase well beyond 70 years of age.

“This is exacerbated by low physical activity, reduced mitochondria [energy producing organelles] and reduced oxidative capacity. The age-related decreases in the components of total energy expenditure [resting metabolic rates, the energy it takes to digest and absorb food and physical activity] contribute largely to the gradual increase in body fat with age.”

Additionally, there are more mitigating factors.  Hormonal changes, inflammatory processes, myocellular mechanisms and changes in physical activity that all become that perfect storm.  This storm impacts changes to hormone status, anorexia [loss of appetite], loss of motivation/ability to be active [due to secondary issues such as arthritis] and chronic inflammation.


The single biggest driver of muscle loss is inactivity

The age-old phrase “use it or lose it” rings true here in that you need to regularly challenge your muscles for them to stick around – and effectively hold back the fat.

Use it or Lose It

And it is not just stopping the fat, but also keeping the nerves, muscles active and health that slows the rate of sarcopenia. So it is a win-win, no fat no muscle loss!!!!


More Research

“Most individuals with sarcopenic-obesity are sedentary, so that small changes in their muscle mass can markedly alter daily energy expenditure. This, in turn, exacerbates the vicious cycle of increased or stable fat mass and decreasing muscle and bone.”

“The [perhaps surprising] bottom-line is that if we stay active, we preserve our nerve cells and our nerve cells will take better care of our muscles.”
Research on exercise shows it is “irrefutable for delaying and reversing sarcopenia and sarcopenic-obesity”.



In addition to exercise, another factor that is thought to counter the effects of age-related muscle loss and weight gain is calorie restriction.  Light bulb dietary planning !!!

The bottom line there is a need to exercise and be active. In the US we have statistically another 25 years once we hit 55 years old, so we need to be able to enjoy this time.

I will be adding more posts re-appropriate exercise plans and ongoing more Dietary help so that we don’t sit there wondering,  Why we get FAT in our 50s.



I would love to hear your opinion on this as it is hitting home for as a former professional athlete.  Please comment below.


Why we are here 

Doctors Best Weight Loss Review

Online there is a slew of online dieting programs that are enticing you. Today we are reviewing one – Doctors Best Weight Loss.

So who is Doctors Best Weight Loss

It is a weight-loss company that focuses on using supplements and nutritional products of a medical grade. Mostly all the products are designed in such a manner that they are helpful to the aid effective and healthy weight loss through nutrition that is not only wholesome but delicious too.
The products are delivered based on your selected 2 or 4-week plan but also there are different brands to suit all needs and tastes.

Pricing is pretty good, but of course, their pricing is based against the alternative …bariatric surgery is very expensive. But even so in comparison to competitors, the pricing levels are very good.

More recently Free Consultations with In House Nutritionists along with Professional Counseling to aid with the psychological side of any good weight loss program.

What do you get?

  • Medical-grade supplements
  • Free diet plan & doctor support
  • Full access to a Certified Nutritionist
  • Free shipping  on all orders of $69+
  • Same-day shipping before 3:00 p.m.
  • Dieting Community for your ongoing support.
  • 100% money-back guarantee on private label brands
  • Best Customer Service


Doctor’s Best Weight Loss Products

  • Breakfast
  • Diet Snacks
  • Protein Bars
  • Diet Shakes
  • Meal Plans
  • Diet Soups
  • Vitamins & Supplements
  • Diet Desserts
  • Diet Smoothies

As you can see there is a lot of awesome product and supporting planning/meal prep information that gives a great start to your dieting journey.

Premium Weight Loss Supplements

But what else you get 

Now, this is the differentiator. It’s not one brand fits all but rather you can pick and choose what works for you. Or as part of your onboarding, in consultation with your nutritionist, you will follow prescribed paths.

As seen here the choices are huge and your needs are most definitely catered for!


My impression

Even though they are trying to differentiate themselves from pre-packaged work of Atkins etc. They have included medical and certified nutritionist input along with a varied and comprehensive product list to cater to all your dieting needs. This along with an attractive entry price point ( no sign-up fee) and ongoing pricing makes this a very attractive dieting alternative

New Year’s Weight Loss

New Year’s weight loss does it go together?

What are all these resolutions we continue to make up and even worse think that these goals we set in that post-New Years revelry are event realistic and achievable?

Why do we set these “Resolutions”

A New Year’s resolution is a decision to do or not do something to accomplish a personal goal or break a habit. It comes at a time when people look back at the past year and make an effort to improve themselves as the new year begins.

Adults often make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight or exercise more. Kids make resolutions to get along better with siblings or to do their homework right away.

Like many traditions, New Year’s resolutions have a long and interesting history.

New Year’s was first celebrated 4,000 years ago in ancient Babylon. Although the Babylonians did not have a written calendar, historians determined that they observed the start of the new year in late March with the arrival of the spring season.

The month of January is named for the Roman god Janus. The ancient Romans imagined Janus as a two-faced god: one facing forward and one facing back. This symbolized his ability to look forward and backward at the same time.


One reason is the allure of starting from scratch.

The idea of bettering ourselves is another motivator. “Most of us have a natural bent toward self-improvement,” said John Duffy, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and author of The Available Parent: Radical Optimism in Raising Teens and Tweens.

Moreover, it may have something to do with “Tradition! Tradition! Tradition,”

Why do they fail

On average Americans, 45% fail these resolutions.

Reasons such as …

  • you are not specific enough,
  • you’re treating a marathon as a sprint
  • Putting the cart before the horse
  • Not believing in your self
  • Too much thinking not enough doing
  • Too much of a hurry
  • No Support

Lots of excuses if you sit down and think about it

What we can you to achieve them.

Ok to be obvious the opposite of all the above.

When you can make a task-specific it becomes easier to focus on, Break into achievable steps that are measurable and accountable for, it is then achievable.

A remember when I trekked up Mera Peak (21,427ft) in Nepal, in the end, it was broken down into 10 steps then a rest, repeat until I succeeded then I got this view

My Mountain Top

New Year’s Weight Loss Resolutions 

Get a plan, research, find what works for you, what gives you support

What was your resolution and was its success. Leave a comment below