Training News for Women

Why It’s Harder to Lose Fat as You Age

No, it's not just your imagination. New research explains why it's more difficult to lose fat as you age.

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Does it seem to get harder and harder to lose fat as the years go by? You’re not crazy. Because even if you eat the same and exercise as diligently as you did in previous years, recent research published in Nature Medicine has uncovered that lipid turnover (the rate at which fat in your cells is removed and/or stored) in fat tissues decreases as you age, making it easier to gain weight and increase body-fat percentage.

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Prevent that belly pooch by increasing your exercise frequency or duration, or trade a few of your less-intense workouts for high-intensity interval training or metcon-style sessions, which have been shown to increase the release of “anti-aging” compounds such as growth hormone.