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Reducing Body Fat
Weight Over 40
Article by Diet Bites
Middle Age Body Weight
When the human body reaches the age of forty, it's generally considered to be at middle age. If we're lucky, we may live to be a ripe-old eighty.
While our current state of health plays a roll in our longevity, the genes that we were given at birth have the greatest impact on the amount of time we'll live on earth.
Personal Habits Impact Body Weight Longevity
We can add or subtract years based on the personal habits we take up. These include: smoking, second hand smoking, use of illegal drugs, overuse of over-the-counter medications, the types of activity that we participate, inactivity, occupational choices, environmental choices, the foods that we eat - and the amount that we weigh.
Many of the longevity factors are within our control - such as where we choose to live. If we live in a rural area away from major crime, smog and pollution, and heavy traffic we are likely to add to our years as the body is less stressed and not subjected to as many harmful pollutants as found in the big city.
As to body weight, being a few pounds over probably won't impact health significantly - but gaining can sure get out of control quite quickly.
The following data chart provides an example of body weight for individuals ranging from 40 to 50 years of age. Our data can be used as a pattern in setting fitness goals - but as we've stated so many times before, those numbers on your bathroom scales should never be set in stone.
More Muscle Mass, More 'Healthy' Pounds on the Human Body
Take note that men tend to weigh more than women due to muscle mass versus fatty tissue. In addition, men also tend to have larger bones and are generally larger framed than women. Weight Over 50 | Weight Over 60 | Weight Over 70
Healthy Body Weight for Individuals 40 to 50 Years Old
Visual Signs of Overweight
What if you're over the suggested weight? Don't panic! Keep in mind that weight charts are simply a pattern to be used for setting your fitness goals.
For example, let's say that you're a female. Let's assume that you have large breasts and that your caboose is also generous. Therefore, you may weigh several pounds over the suggested pounds in the chart. If you're 5/3" in height and are at 160 pounds and the preceding factors apply - then you're most likely not overweight.
Sure, based on standard charts that size may fall into the overweight category, particularly those used at the doctor's office. Therefore, you have to take these tools lightly - looking at your body, its shape and its unique traits. You'll know by the image looking back at you if you truly are in need of dropping pounds.
Some of the signs of excess body fat are love handles, thickening in the neck, disappearance of the shape of the knees and ballooning of the abdominal cavity. These indicators may be slight at the beginning but as fat is added over time, they become quite noticeable. You know what to do in order to remedy your situation - grab onto a healthy daily diet, get more activity and balance these with relaxation. Success is yours if you wish!