Why is it so hard to lose weight after 50? It’s been so much easier to gain weight since passing that 50 mark than it is to lose it. The numbers just keep creeping up every year, no matter what I seem to do. The truth is, your metabolism begins to slow down after you hit 30 and your body is burning almost 200 less calories a day by the time you’re 50. To top that off, after 30 you also start losing about half a pound of your calorie burning muscle tissue each year (and at 50, that rate doubles), thickening that once slim waistline! Well, my body doesn’t respond to exercise as it used to.
Sugar By Another Name Is Hidden In 80% Of Our Food
It seems to be hard to find the motivation to exercise and the commitment to eat healthier, especially when many don’t even have any idea what “healthy food” really is. Eliminating one toxic carb from your diet could be the one thing in your life that will have the most immediate impact on that thickening waistline. Now what do we do? This carb is hidden in 80% of the food we eat (and drink) and one of the key reasons why people over 50 are piling on the extra pounds and unable to shed it. Since big food companies like to confuse you, it can be called by as many as 56 different names such as: Galactose, Maltodextrin, Corn Syrup, Ethyl Maltol, Dextrose, Evaporated Can Juice, Sucrose, but the name we know it by is SUGAR!
Sugar is 8 times more addictive than cocaine…
…and linked to the deaths of almost 600,000 Americans a year. That’s hard to believe, but so true. Our favorite cookie, Oreo, is actually more addictive than both cocaine and heroin. This is the substance that makes it nearly impossible to lose weight and is basically found in everything. Even in those so-called “health foods”. Sugar that isn’t immediately converted to energy is converted into fat, known as “adipose tissue”, and very difficult to lose.
Even a loaf of bread will most likely have honey, corn syrup or brown rice syrup in the first five ingredients listed. Then there are those crackers, cereals, yogurt, tomato sauce and even salad dressing and chips. Robert Lustig, M.D. reports that of the 600,000 food items in the American grocery store, 80% have been spiked with added sugar and the industry uses 56 other names on the labels for sugar.
Duchess Of York Lost 50 Pounds in 5 Months
Sugar causes the body to store fat, so if you really want to lose that weight, cut out the sugar and it will be a whole lost easier to lose. Do you remember the success story of Fergie, the Duchess of York? She lost 50 pounds in just 5 months —and at the age of 54! How did she do it? By cutting out the sugar!
Give yourself a goal to cut down on sugar, decreasing it week by week until you have reached your goal. Substitute that “junk” food with vegetables and leave those “quick” foods and high in sugar foods in the store. Try using Stevia instead of sugar . Stevia is a natural plant with no chemicals and is great for diabetics. Happy losing!
Dr Fredda Branyon