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Dear Dr. Emily,
Over the last two years, I’ve gained some belly fat along with 20 lb. Some members of my family say that is normal when one gets to be my age and has gone through a bad relationship. Please tell me that at 59 I can still get back in shape.
Thank you for your question. Belly fat, especially 20 lb., should never be considered normal. An increase in belly fat puts you at risk for diabetes and metabolic syndrome, both of which can lead to a myriad of health complications.
And YES, you can get back in shape at any age! However, as we age and our metabolism slows, the work required to lose weight is greater.
The first step to getting back on track is a committed fitness routine and diet. Visit a LiveRite Coach at Lucille Roberts to get a healthy diet plan and tips on increasing your metabolism. Speak to a TrainRite Trainer for tips on the most effective exercises for weight loss, or try some of the interval-based group fitness classes.
Remember that the most effective way to committing to a lifestyle change is baby-steps and setting small, achievable goals. Take it one day at a time, and recognize the initial gains in energy, a new, healthy glow, and better sleep!
Got a question for Dr. Emily? Email her: Emily@LucilleRoberts.com