It is an unfortunate fact of life that as we age, we lose muscle mass, put on weight, lose height, and develop looser skin. The effect aging has on your body is down to a variety of factors, some of which are controllable (exercise, diet), and some of which aren’t (genetic factors).
How and Why Does Body Fat Increase As We Get Older?
As we get older we tend to consume more, with stress-related eating, increased alcohol intake, and increased spending on leisure all having an effect. We also tend to exercise less as we age, so we are eating more and burning less energy.
It’s not all down to changes in behavior; our genetics have a significant role to play. Before the age of 40, most women naturally put on weight around their hips, thighs, and buttocks. However, as women approach menopause, their bodies reduce production of several hormones, including estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. This reduction in hormone levels causes fat to be deposited around and inside the abdominal region instead.
Additionally, studies show that as we age, our resting metabolic rate reduces. This means that an older person sitting still burns less energy than a young person sitting still.
How Can We Reduce or Reverse The Effect of Aging?
Aging might be a fact of life, but the effects it causes can be reduced, or even reversed in some cases. The key areas we use to judge age are the skin, hair, and overall fitness. By taking steps to improve these areas you can either prevent or turn back some of the effects of aging.
Eat a Healthy Diet
The diet you eat has a significant impact on both your health and your appearance. Generally, you should look to include plenty of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and low-fat dairy products in your diet, while limiting salt, sugar, saturated fats, and cholesterol.
Not only will you feel better, but you will also look better. In addition to increased weight, a poor diet can negatively affect your skin and hair, making you appear older than you are.
Continue Exercising As You Age
Exercising isn’t just for the young. Exercising throughout your life will help you retain muscle mass, stay healthy, and keep a good posture. Our bodies naturally lose muscle mass and put on weight (due to reduced energy burn) as we get older; exercise can help hold off both these effects.
Exercise isn’t just good for your body; some studies suggest that aerobic exercise can improve the health of your brain, helping to prevent cognitive deterioration.
Consider FaceTite to Reduce Aging’s Effect on Your Face
One of the most obvious signs of aging is looser skin, particularly on the face. Loose skin on the cheeks and jowls contributes significantly to how old you look, and unfortunately, once the damage is done it is unlikely the skin will tighten up again, even with a great diet and exercise.
One solution is FaceTite, a knife-free procedure that can tighten skin in the face by up to 40%. The procedure involves inserting a cannula under the skin and using radiofrequency to heat the tissue. This heat helps tighten the skin and causes the body to create more collagen, which ensures that the improvements made are permanent. The heat also liquidates any fat present, which is then strategically removed to increase definition and achieve the required shape.
FaceTite is a popular option because it is less invasive than a surgical facelift, with no stitching required. Most patients see results immediately, with the rest seeing gradual improvements over six weeks.