5 Reasons Why We Gain Weight And How To Look Fitter Than In Your 20’s [Video]

The fitness of our bodies has no expiration date — if we learn how to take care of ourselves.

Ronan Diego de Oliveira, Mindvalley’s Chief of Health & Fitness, explains how you can stay fit at any age in the video above.

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The belief that we gain weight, our metabolism slows, and our energy declines is only a half-truth. Yes, most of us become less healthy as we get older. However, that doesn’t have to be the case.

The primary reason we gain weight and develop other health problems is that we become less active as we age.

We’ve been taught to settle for the idea that it’s normal to put on a few kilos every year. That it’s normal for us to lose our mobility, or lose our strength over time. We’ve believed that our health decline was inevitable — but it’s not. In fact, each year our metabolism will only burn 7 fewer calories than the year before.

But it’s been shown that a person who is active throughout their day might be 700 more calories than someone who’s sitting all day. In reality, it’s not that our metabolism slows; it’s that our daily habits change. Most of us become more and more sedentary with age.

And on top of that, studies done by the National Institutes of Health have shown that we seem to become less perceptive of our own nutritional needs as we age. That seems like a paradox because you would think that we’d start to understand what our bodies’ needs are, but it turns out that society trains us to have an unhealthy relationship with food.

We learn that food is punishment, reward, a way to socialize or take a break, and so we end up eating more (and more unhealthily) than we bargained for. Our natural appetite mechanisms — the ones that tell us if we’re hungry or if we’ve had enough — dull. We replace them with time and environmental cues.

On the face of it, this might be a hard truth to swallow. But this is actually great news.

Why? Because now we know that the power is squarely in our hands. You can actually lose weight, gain muscle, increase strength and energy, improve your health problems, and increase your metabolism as you age. You can keep and revive the vitality you had in your youth. All of this is possible. It simply requires the knowledge, the intention, and, most importantly, the action.

If you don’t believe us, take a look at the video above.

According to research, there are 5 reasons why we gain weight — and our age is not one of them. In this video, Ronan Diego de Oliveira, Mindvalley’s Chief of Health & Fitness explains what these 5 reasons are and how to fight them. These are practical solutions that you can start implementing now to maintain and improve your age.


What’s your next fitness goal? How do you plan to stay more active throughout the day?

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Annamaria Nagy

Annamaria Nagy

Annamaria is part of the Mindvalley team. Her purpose is to live a life of creation and self-expression through the arts of writing, speaking, and singing. Also, she believes in magic.

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