If I could make a new rule, it would be this: Any weight you gain past the age of 50 doesn’t count. How great would that be?
Because let’s face it, when we’re young, we can’t fully appreciate the red-hot metabolism of youth. We eat what we want without gaining weight but never stop to savor.
But once we’re old enough to truly enjoy and appreciate our food, it all goes STRAIGHT to the waistline. And that, my friend, is the very definition of unfair.
So today, I’m going to put my new rule into force… kind of.
Because as you’ll see a moment, there IS a case where some weight you’ve gained past the age of 50 might not count after all.
Quit being anxious about after 50 weight gain
With much of the country still battling severe wintry weather, it’s hard to believe spring is just a few weeks away. But a glance at the calendar confirms it. Rest assured, there are warm weather and sunshine headed our way.
Usually, that means breaking out the warm-weather clothing to see what still fits. But this year? Well, after being locked inside stress-eating since last March, it’s a safe bet we won’t be able to squeeze into ANY of it.
Don’t be too hard on yourself. The past year has been tough enough. There’s no need to send your anxiety levels soaring even higher right now.
Besides, new research reveals another reason to relax. It turns out that a little weight gain after 50 simply isn’t something we should stress out about.
It’s not ONLY common. In some ways, a few extra pounds could even be beneficial. I’ll explain in a moment. But first, there’s a catch. (Isn’t there always?)
The “okay to gain” rule only applies to folks who were at a normal weight from the start, then gained a little over the years… but DIDN’T become obese. If you cross that line into obesity, all bets are off.
“Normal” is considered a Body Mass Index… or BMI… of 18.5 to 24.9. The easiest way to find your own BMI is to search for “BMI calculator” online and enter your height and weight.
How a few extra pounds pack a hidden benefit
The new study finds that a few extra pounds gained in your Golden years aren’t worth stressing over. And that applies even if you end up tipping the scale into the “overweight” category.
In fact, for older seniors, a FEW extra pounds might CUT your risk of…
- muscle loss
And for the more senior among us, those same extra pounds could also help PROTECT against the bigger stuff, too, including heart failure and early death.
The study doesn’t dive into specifics. This means there’s no exact threshold you need to avoid passing.
But the research DOES make it clear if your extra weight is causing blood sugar and blood pressure to jump or your knees and back to ache, then you’ve definitely gone too far. Or if it’s leading to fatigue or any other health issues, it’s not okay.
I’ll add that staying as close to a “normal” weight as you comfortably can is still your best bet. But as the new study shows, you shouldn’t stress out if you do put on a few pounds either.
In that case, treat yourself to a few new spring outfits instead. And if you still feel like you need to lose a few pounds, go right ahead.
You can shed weight without the worry by ditching ultra-processed and refined foods, added sugars, and empty junk carbs.
A Mediterranean-style diet or a lower carb “keto” approach are both great ways to effortlessly lose weight. You’ll eat well without ever having to count calories or fat. And before long, you’ll find yourself slipping right back into that “normal” zone.
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