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Guest Report - Factors Affecting Weight Loss


Losing weight takes inspiration, dedication and perspiration but often it leads to frustration when the results don't come as quickly as you would like. It's important to keep things in perspective so that you don't set yourself up for failure. Factors like age, body type and gender can affect how quickly a person loses weight. So when comparing your results to others, be sure it’s a fair comparison. 

Typically, men tend to lose weight more quickly than women because they naturally have more lean muscle mass than women. Higher testosterone levels and lean muscle mass boost metabolism, allowing for higher calorie burn. Furthermore, individuals who weigh more tend to lose weight more quickly at the beginning of their weight loss program simply because the more you weigh the more calories you burn with physical activity. Therefore, it is important to adjust nutrition and exercise plans as pounds are shed to prevent plateaus and keep progressing.

Age and body type impact weight loss as well. As we age, our metabolism slows down; hormone levels change and muscle mass decreases making weight loss difficult for some. A larger waistline is indicative of an increased risk for heart disease. Changing focus from weight to waistline can help those who have more belly fat to lose. Medical conditions and medications can interfere with weight loss, so make sure to discuss your plans and approach with your health care provider. 

There is no one-size fits all approach to weight loss. Keep a positive outlook and don't unfairly compare your progress to others. You are a unique individual that will have unique results!


Coaching you to "Feel Better and Live Longer!"

Jody Anderson, RN, CHC
Succeed Health, LLC- Algoma


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