Intentional Weight Loss is Not Helpful in Old Age: Study

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ผ Written by Abdur Rahman Choudhury, M.Sc.
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Key Finding: A new study finds that, losing weight on purpose might not affect the lifespan of older adults. ๐Ÿ˜Š But younger adults should be careful about how and why they lose weight. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Did you know that losing weight might not help you live longer if you’re over 50? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ That’s right! A recent study published in The Maturitas journal dove into the relationship between intentional weight loss and mortality rates in middle-aged and older adults, and the results might surprise you. ๐Ÿ“š

Researchers conducted a narrative review of various studies that explored the association between intentional weight loss and mortality in people aged 50 and above. They discovered that the majority of the longitudinal studies concluded that shedding pounds on purpose doesn’t actually affect mortality rates in this age group. ๐Ÿ“‰

But wait, there’s more! When it comes to younger adults at the recruitment point, the studies have shown mixed results. ๐Ÿค” So it’s not all doom and gloom for the younger folks, but the jury is still out on the exact impact of intentional weight loss on their mortality rates.

So, what does this mean for you? If you are an older adult who is overweight or obese, and you want to lose weight for health reasons, you can do so without worrying, but it doesn’t affect your mortality.

But if you are a younger adult ๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿ‘ง who wants to lose weight, you should be careful about how and why you do it. Make sure you have a good reason for losing weight, such as improving your blood pressure, cholesterol, or blood sugar levels. And donโ€™t go โŒ for extreme or unhealthy ways of losing weight, such as starving yourself, skipping meals, or using laxatives. These can do more harm than good to your body and your lifespan. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

As a weight loss coach, I believe it’s important to focus on healthy lifestyle habits and not just the number on the scale. ๐Ÿ‹๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿฅ— But, the study does highlight that we need more well-designed longitudinal studies and randomized clinical trials in this area, especially ones with longer follow-up periods and considering underlying disease states. ๐Ÿงช

So, what do you think, folks? Should we focus more on enjoying life and staying healthy rather than obsessing over weight loss? ๐Ÿ˜‡ Or is there still a place for intentional weight loss in our lives? ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’ญ Drop your thoughts in the comments, and let’s get the conversation started! ๐Ÿ—ฃ

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Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Chowdhury is a weight loss coach with 3+ years of experience. He holds a Bachelorโ€™s and Masterโ€™s degree in Biochemistry from The Burdwan University, India. He also completed the "Lose Weight and Keep It Off" certificate course from Harvard Medical School, US. Abdur believes in the power of home-cooked meals and weight training to stay healthy and fit.

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