9 Reasons Most People Over Age 50 Gain Weight

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By Ann Sullivan

Let’s face it, most people experience that middle age bulge. Once it’s arrived, it can be difficult or impossible to lose. The difficult takes time. The impossible takes a little longer! There are physiological changes which are inevitable as we grow older. No one is exempt if you are in a human body. How to avoid or respond to the potential risks of being over-weight is a matter of changing habits, paying attention, and being informed. There are causes and body changes that make it easy to gain weight and harder to lose it as we grow older. Here are 9 of the most common reasons most people over 50 gain weight.

1) Slower Digestion

To get a good start to the day, it’s recommended that people over 50 eat breakfast within one hour of waking up. This gets the digestive system on track for the day. As the saying goes, you should eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper. It’s always better to eat more earlier in the day and less at night. It’s further suggested that you take a short walk after dinner to burn off those calories. Also, not lying down for three hours after finishing a meal is important. When you do so, your digestive juices can back up into the esophagus and cause heartburn or acid reflux. It also causes the digestion to slow down and you run the risk of undigested food staying in your stomach longer. This can lead to bloating and even indigestion the next morning.

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