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Hierarchy of Fat Loss in Midlife Women

Many people contact me looking for an exercise program to get rid of menopause belly fat without understanding the hierarchy of fat loss in midlife women. Things are different now, and what worked in your younger years may push you deeper into hormone imbalance now. While exercise is obviously an important part of health at …

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Exercise Can Overcome Genetics to Fight Obesity

Here’s good news for mature women who think obesity is just part of their DNA. It turns out that exercise can overcome genetics to fight obesity in mature women, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed data from 8,200 women of European ancestry in their 70s. They determined that genetic influences on obesity are strongest …

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Start by Taking One Step at a Time

Want to actually make some progress towards achieving your health and fitness goals? Start small and take things one step at a time. We all know that most New Year’s Resolutions fail. But do you know why? Here’s one possible explanation: Most people set a huge goal for their resolution, and when they start trying …

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A Painful Moment Spurs Big Life Changes

Big life changes often follow a moment of clarity that can be startling, liberating or even painful. For Gina, age 59, her epiphany came while she and her husband were taking a tour of a gym in their new community. Gina was a recently retired nurse and had become obese over the years, weighing 340 …

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How Poor Sleep Can Lead to Fat Gain

During the last few decades, sleeping less has become a very common behavior in western countries. While many may view sleeping as little as possible as an admirable behavior, evidence shows that poor sleep may have adverse health effects. Sleep plays a major role in hormone balance and glucose metabolism. Several hormones respond to poor …

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What Will Finally Make You Say, “It’s Time to Change”

How do you know when it’s time to change? Here’s a common scenario for people over 50. They’ve gradually gained weight over the last couple of decades, and now they’re obese or getting there. They may have also developed chronic diseases that are caused by a sedentary lifestyle and poor eating habits, such as type …

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How Do You Want to Change in 10 Years?

What a difference a decade makes. Just ask Debbie S., shown above. Or Terry A. Or any of the hundreds of thousands of people participating in Facebook’s #10YearChallenge – including countless people over 50 who have used the last decade to improve their lives through exercise, eating right, and other healthy habits. The challenge has …

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How Exercise Boosts Your Metabolism at Any Age

You might’ve heard people talk about their metabolism and how it relates to their weight, maybe in statements like these: “I never gain a pound – I guess I just have a high metabolism.” Or: “I keep gaining weight since I turned 40. My metabolism must have slowed down.” But have you ever wondered what …

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How to Build Healthy Habits in the New Year (and Beyond)

Habits can be hard to form, particularly later in life when we might want to rely on familiar ways. But, armed with strong information and reliable tactics, you can adjust your tactics to build healthy habits in 2022 and beyond. See, it turns out we’ve been thinking about forming habits all wrong. It’s not about …

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She’s Fighting to Lose the Pandemic Weight – and Loving It

Mary Frances Benton, 59, knows it will take some time to lose the pandemic weight – 40 pounds. But she’s already down 15 since February, so her spirit is strong. She’s also done this before. About 10 years ago, Mary Frances noticed that she was gaining weight. There wasn’t a main reason she could cite, …

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