Dealing With Those Extra Pounds After 40
They say that life begins at 40, but this special landmark birthday can often highlight an increase in your body weight and a decrease in your energy levels.
One thing is for sure, it does seem to get much harder for many of us to prevent our waistline from expanding and, on top of that, our energy levels often seem to desert us. There are definitely ways in which you can fight back, using a combination of ideas and procedures to fight the battle of the bulge.
A time of change
Our body starts to go through a series of changes when we enter our 40s and these can have a profound effect on many things such as our digestion, metabolism and a whole range of other functions.
Hormonal changes and other factors have the effect of slowing down the growth rate of our cells from when we were younger. It is not a myth that it is harder to keep weight down and your energy levels up as you get older because you are swimming against the tide of the natural aging process.
Understand what your body is doing
The fundamental point to bear in mind when tackling this issue is that you have to become familiar with your new biological rhythms and then adjust your lifestyle and eating habits to sync with them.
In very simple terms, the food you put into your body needs to be burned off or it will stick around and add a few layers to the covering of your rib cage over time. Just 100 more calories than necessary every day can lead to a near 10 pound gain over a year.
You will have to be more conscious of your food intake in your 40s as you are not able to combat their effects as easily as you could when you were younger.
Weight loss procedures
Sometimes we need a helping hand to deal with our weight issue and with the assistance of specialists like KRPlasticSurgery.com there are procedures to help you achieve a leaner and better shape.
You will find details of the various procedures on their website and others like it, so you can get an idea of what is involved and whether it is right for you.
The results that can be achieved using weight loss procedures can provide someone with a new lease on life and improve their health considerably, but you must think carefully about what you are undertaking and also be committed to maintaining your health and weight afterwards as well.
Pros and cons
Losing a large amount of weight through a surgical procedure can improve the life of some patients by a considerable margin and issues like back pain, high blood pressure and joint pain can often be successfully alleviated as a result of procedure.
There are pros and cons with all types of surgery and the health risks include the possibility of infection and other complications. There are also risks associated with specific procedures such as Lap-Band and with a gastric bypass, but there are many checks in place to assess your suitability for surgery, so you would not be advised to proceed if it was considered that the risks outweighed the benefits.
Article by Dr. Kevin Ruhge, a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons who runs a busy cosmetic surgery practice in sunny Pasadena, Calif.