If you are in your 30s or 40s, you may find it a little harder to maintain your weight than it is in your 20s. In fact, you may feel like you can indulge in all the beer pizza your heart desires with no college consequences, but now your pants fit a little lighter after an extra scoop of peanut butter . Ugh right?
If you can relate it, you must know two things. First, you are not mad and second, you are not alone. According to science, it is more difficult to maintain our weight as we grow older. The good news is that researchers can only have one big reason why.
The study, published in Nature Medicine was a collaboration between researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden and the University of Lyon in France. The team studied the fat cells of 54 men and women for an average of 13 years and found that all participants showed a reduction in lipid turnover (AKA, how fast fat was stored or removed from in cell cells). Even more interesting is the fact that this decrease in lipid turnover has been made true no matter how much weight has been lost or gained by the participant in 13 years.
So what does this mean? According to Peter Arner, one of the leading authors and professors of the study at the Department of Medicine at Huddinge at the Karolinska Institutet, "the results indicate for the first time that processes in our fat tissue regulate of body weight changes during adulthood in a way that is independent of other factors. "In other words, no change in diet or lifestyle factors makes it harder to maintain your weight as you grow older. thanks to lipid turnover.
This is not good news, but according to Arner, it is not all bad news as this new knowledge can open up new ways to treat obesity. As Kirsty Spalding – a senior researcher at the Karolinska Institutet and one of the study's leading authors – explained, "Obesity-related illness has become a global problem … understanding of lipid dynamics and what regulates fat mass in humans has never been more relevant. "
Meanwhile, the authors point out that previous research has suggested that you can accelerate the shift of lipid in fat tissues by exercising more. If you're not sure where to start, try the 12-minute HIIT workout you can do anywhere or enroll in the Mbg class Strengthen Your Metabolism with JJ Virgin.