Is there a time limit?


Is there a cut off point after which its REALLY HARD to lose weight?

I just turned 27 it even feels weird to say that!  And I could REALLY lose weight. I'm having a ton of health issues that I think might be related to (caused by) my sudden weight gain.

Am I a hopeless cause? :(
Nov 26, 2010 @ 06:39 pm

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Ali de Bold

Not hopeless at all

There is no age limit for a person getting fit. But, health problems won't discriminate based on your age. The sooner you can be fit and healthy, the better off your long term health is. Have you considered working with a trainer? If you are in the Toronto area, I have a good one and the first session is free. There is nothing more motivating that someone showing up to kick your butt!
Nov 27, 2010 @ 05:38 pm

My Goodness, no!

It's never too late! it just takes a lot of self-discipline and reminding yourself to keep your health on track.

you're ONLY 27! My friend told me about a man who was in his 60's that suffered a lot of health problems, and in his determination, started exercising and watching his diet. After a while he no longer suffered from what he had before, and is now training in triathalons and such as a senior citizen. It's never too late.

This is a good reminder to myself too... I must train my self-control and get back into shape! You can do it!! :)
Nov 29, 2010 @ 09:19 am

Definitely not!

I agree with what both Jen and Ali said, you can be 70 and still lose weight if you're determined enough!

I worked with a trainer myself a couple of years ago and they usually also help with nutrition so if you can find one that would be a great way to start.

You can also always start by cutting out certain things from your diet like sodas, processed food, or anything sugary. I stopped drinking sodas a few years back and you have no idea how much better I felt.

I've actually heard of a couple of people that trained for triathlons when they were much older than you, like Jen said, so it's never impossible!
Nov 29, 2010 @ 09:42 am

It is never too late, but...

... it may require a little more effort as you get older. In my 20s if I had 5 pounds I wanted gone, it came off easily with little more than watching my diet and positive mental energy.

Now in my 30s, those 5 pounds aren't going anywhere unless I sweat them off with regular intense exercise. It is more work because your metabolism naturally slows as you age. However, the good news is that you can increase your metabolism with exercise!

I would hesitate to say you can achieve teen- and early 20s-results as you get toward 30 and beyond, but there is no reason you can't have a healthy weight that's right for you :)

I would also recommend you examine this "sudden weight gain" you mentioned. It could be a thyroid issue or other medical need that might affect how you should deal with the weight. In certain cases, a doctor might recommend that you not stress your body by beginning a vigorous exercise and diet regimen until you've dealt with the underlying cause.

Stay healthy! It's more important that you take care of yourself than returning to your high school jean size :)

Nov 29, 2010 @ 10:16 am

Find your healthy weight

What mamaluv said is right.

There could be super thin girls who are in danger of health issues because their fat to muscle ratio is too high. It doesn't help to eat less or change your diet, you MUST MUST MUST exercise.

I had a trial session at a gym one time and let them know that one of my main goals is to lose weight. My trainer was a female, so she understood the common misconceptions.

1) Muscle is what burns calories. If you just eat less, although at first you'll experience weight loss, but if you start losing muscles, it means you'll have to gradually eat less and less to achieve the same result. That's why if you just eat less for a while and then go back to regular eating patterns, you gain weight.

2) Women have different muscle content then men; meaning, even if you work out the same amount and do the same exercises as the men, you won't bulk up like that. So light weight training with lighter weights and more reps will give you a nice toned look, not bulk. I recommend doing 3 sets of 15-20 reps of whatever you're doing.

3) Cardio needs to exceed 30min. It's only after 30 min that your body starts burning fat, so if you do any less, it's not as effective.

I hope these help! I know it's hard to keep yourself on track, but once you get those endorphins going, it's hard to stop!
Nov 29, 2010 @ 01:57 pm

Good advice

There's a lot of good advice here!

It's never to old to start getting healthy - especially when you are only 27!

I know a women who didn't start running until she retired in her 60s and she now runs marathons! It's a combination of a healthy diet and exercise that will give you results.
Dec 01, 2010 @ 04:08 pm

Awesome advise!

Thanks so much for the awesome advise everyone!! I'm going to have to talk to my doctor and make sure it's OK to start. I know 27 isn't old and I'm pretty sure 5yrs from now i'm going to slap myself for calling myself old at 27, but right now with all the health problems i FEEL old :( old and tired
Dec 02, 2010 @ 02:12 pm

Never to old to change your eating habits ..we all need to stay healthy !!

your never to old to lose weight .. i know a friend that was 42 years old and weight over 200 lbs ..when she decided it was time to change her life she went on a diet excerising every day and walking 8 months she lose a whopping 90 lbs ..she fells so good she worked very hard to achieve her goal ..but she done it your only 27 ..alot younger and i'm sure you can achieve your goal to healthy and excerising is whats good for you .,,sit your mind to anything and you can do it of luck to you ..take care

Dec 05, 2010 @ 11:39 pm

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