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The Struggle with Belly Fat for Women Over 50: Proven Strategies to Conquer Stubborn Midsection Fat

From The FASTer Way to Fat Loss Blog As women age, many find it increasingly difficult to lose weight, especially around the midsection. Stubborn belly fat can be a frustrating issue for women over 50, but there are some key reasons why this happens and things that can be done about it. It IS possible to burn fat and build muscle, which just helps you burn even more fat, well into your 50s and beyond. And the FASTer Way to Fat Loss has the answer to it.

Top Reasons for Belly Fat in Your 50s:

1. Hormonal Changes

One of the primary factors behind increased belly fat in older women is hormonal changes. As women approach and go through menopause, estrogen levels decline. This hormonal shift can cause the body to store more fat, particularly in the abdominal area. Lower estrogen also leads to a slower metabolism, making it harder to burn calories and lose weight.

2. Decreased Muscle Mass

With age, people naturally lose some muscle mass, a condition called sarcopenia. This loss of muscle mass means the body burns fewer calories at rest. For women, this muscle loss is often more pronounced after menopause. Less muscle equals a slower metabolism, which can contribute to a widening waistline.

3. Lifestyle Factors

Lifestyle habits can also play a big role in belly fat for older women. As we get older, it's common for activity levels to decrease while calorie intake stays the same or even increases. A more sedentary lifestyle combined with a diet high in processed foods, sugary beverages, and excess calories can definitely pack on the abdominal fat.

4. Stress and Sleep Issues

Chronic stress and poor sleep are two other factors that tend to worsen with age and can exacerbate belly fat. Stress triggers the release of cortisol, a hormone that encourages the body to store fat, especially in the midsection. Inadequate sleep also disrupts hormones and metabolism in ways that promote weight gain around the middle.

How You Blast Belly Fat For Good

The good news is that with the right approach, women over 50 can overcome stubborn belly fat. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (we won't get into the fact we just had to use the word geriatric but rest assured we believe women over 50 are NOT geriatric), women who engaged in regular strength training and a calorie-controlled diet were able to significantly reduce their belly fat, even in their 60s and 70s. The FASTer Way is 100% on board with this and in fact, offers a way to build muscle and burn fat without hours of cardio and time in the gym. And, you still get to eat treats.

Focusing on a nutritious, well balanced diet, regular strength training, stress management, and good sleep, we turn bodies in fat burners with our approach to whole food nutrition, intermittent fasting and workout schedule that aligns with our macronutrient intake so we are burning fat, not carbs and building energy in our bodies. It may take more time and effort than when you were younger, but it's very achievable with the right lifestyle changes. Check out the to join my next round where we will learn step-by-step strategies to lose that stubborn and unhealthy belly fat!


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