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Old 08-02-09, 07:53 PM   #1
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So it really DOES get harder to lose weight the older you get (a.k.a. Post-30 Blues)

I'm 32 years old, currently weighing in around 221 lbs. which is the heaviest I have ever been. (I'm 5' 11".)

In the past two years I've gone from a low of 199lbs. to my current weight. I've always been an active person, I did martial arts for several years (Hapkido and Judo) and I've been off and on with weight training, and, of course, bike riding. Seems like in my twenties, I could always drop about 8-10 lbs pretty easily with just raising my activity level a bit. But now that I've hit 30, that's all changed.

Just before Christmas last year, I decided my home workouts plus martial arts activities weren't cutting it anymore as I seemed to be gaining weight, so I signed up with the local gym. Since then, I've been going there 3-4 times a week lifting weights and doing cardio for an hour each time. I try to do really vigorous workouts with few breaks, making sure I'm really fatigued by the time I leave. In the past this would be a sure-fire way for my to drop some excess pounds. Not this time. Instead, the post-30 version of myself has gained 8 lbs.

Now, I'm assuming most of that is muscle since my pants all still fit the same, while my chest and shoulders have gotten bigger. However, I was hoping to at least drop some weight with the new workout routine. Somewhat exasperated, I recently decided I needed to get back on the bike since, in the past, that has been the activity that has helped me lose the most weight. I even bought a new bike (Hardrock Sport) since my road bike starts to get uncomfortable for rides over 10 miles. Love the new bike, and I've been riding as much as I can while still devoting some time to my wife and young children. I've done about 100 miles in the past two weeks. Weight loss so far - ZERO LBS.

It looks like now I'll have to resort to the one thing I've always struggled with - changing my diet. It's not that I'm a pig or anything, but I do love pizza and probably eat fast food more often than I should. In the past I didn't really have to worry about what I ate all that much because the exercise alone was enough for me to lose weight.

Anyone else struggled with it getting harder to lose weight as you get older? I knew it would happen eventually, but I thought it would be a bit more gradual instead of just hitting a brick wall as soon as I turned 30.
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Old 08-02-09, 08:12 PM   #2
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Yup, I had the same experience. Part of the problem was that I was (and still do) eat like I did at twenty. At about thirty three years old it seemed as if my metabolism just kind of shut down. I eventually saw my doc about it. Turns out I had hypothyroidism.

Doesn't sound as if that is your problem as you seem to have plenty of energy for all of your activities. Might not be a bad idea for a check up though...I mean you ain't no spring chicken anymore old man.
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Old 08-02-09, 08:29 PM   #3
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Hypothyroidism, eh? Oh great, did I also mention I'm a hypochondriac.

But seriously, I definitely should go to the doctor just for a check-up. I think the last time I went was sometime in my early twenties, and that was to get allergy meds.
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Holy cow , I wish I was 30 something again In my mid 30's I did start to notice a slow down in metabolism as well as the rate at which I healed from injuries. Still, I could put on muscle mass and lose fat fairly easily. Now at 44, losing weight is a real pain. I can do it, but is just takes longer. If anything, get your body fat checked at the gym if they do it, so you know if you at gaining muscle or fat. From there you may need to change you calorie intake to get the desired effects. The plus side is if you get on this now, you won't have to lose it when you are in your forties.
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Or fifty, like I'll be in December, ya bunch of young pups/\\/\/\/\/\/\\/
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Don't worry boys. It is alot tougher at 50. I do 200 miles per week road, 1 mtb ride and some weights for the upper body and core and still have to count calories to lose/maintain weight.
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What? You just figured that everyone other than yourself were a bunch of wimps? Surely, they're all wrong and if they wanted to, they could drop that weight just as easily as when they were young.

Yep! Welcome to the club! In my twenties or even early thirties, weight would vary by 5-10 pounds depending upon daily diet and exercise and it was no big deal to loose 20 pounds. Now 39, going to the gym as well as riding for the last 6 months and 3kg gained. Not unlike yourself, I've seen good muscle mass gains. But, that's not what I was really after. Chest, shoulders and arms are looking larger than ever and waist size is down a couple inches but weight is still stable to higher. I too am completely crap at dealing with my real issue, which is diet. Addressing that is the only way I ever see me loosing the 15 kg that I really need to get off my frame.
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Don't worry boys. It is alot tougher at 50. I do 200 miles per week road, 1 mtb ride and some weights for the upper body and core and still have to count calories to lose/maintain weight.
Thanks for the encouragement ya' bunch of old buggers. 40 just months away for me. That's old enough, thank you very much.
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What? You just figured that everyone other than yourself were a bunch of wimps? Surely, they're all wrong and if they wanted to, they could drop that weight just as easily as when they were young.
Nah, just didn't think it would be so abrupt!

It's kind of like losing your hair. It's not a big deal when it happens to other people, but just wait until it starts happening to YOU.
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I just turned 40 and have lost nearly 30 lbs from riding mostly. I've gone from 210-180 and am riding up to 200+ miles a a week.

I guess it might help that I now work at a bike shop and commute too.
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Old 08-02-09, 09:30 PM   #11
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I just turned 40 and have lost nearly 30 lbs from riding mostly. I've gone from 210-180 and am riding up to 200+ miles a a week.

I guess it might help that I now work at a bike shop and commute too.
And I see you live in Florida which I'm assuming means you can ride year-round.

That's always been my problem with staying on the bike. I'm in the Midwest and once winter sets in, you can't ride all that often. I then have to re-motivate myself all over again come Spring to start riding regularly.
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And I see you live in Florida which I'm assuming means you can ride year-round.

That's always been my problem with staying on the bike. I'm in the Midwest and once winter sets in, you can't ride all that often. I then have to re-motivate myself all over again come Spring to start riding regularly.
The answer to that one is spelled:

T-R-A-I-N-E-R

Sure, you can't do 500 mile weeks on a trainer (unless your a masochist), but as little as 6-10 miles, 3 times a week, keeps the legs from going to pot, and makes it that much easier in May or June when the riding season starts up again. At least that's the theory, ask me in the spring when I have spent a winter doing this, if it holds up.
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Man, my thirties was easy to lose weight. Try 50 and see what happens to your metabolism!
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Yup, I had the same experience. Part of the problem was that I was (and still do) eat like I did at twenty. At about thirty three years old it seemed as if my metabolism just kind of shut down. I eventually saw my doc about it. Turns out I had hypothyroidism.

Doesn't sound as if that is your problem as you seem to have plenty of energy for all of your activities. Might not be a bad idea for a check up though...I mean you ain't no spring chicken anymore old man.
I noticed it too when I hit 30 or 31. It was like I hit a brick wall suddenly. Due to my extremely high metabolismin my 20s, I went from struggling to keep on the pounds to struggling to lose them. Yeah, aging can be a pain sometimes. On the other hand, I don't feel that I have to prove myself to others either. Maturity is a good thing.
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Yeah, aging can be a pain sometimes.
Aging IS a pain, but it beats the alternative all to hell!
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Sure, you can't do 500 mile weeks on a trainer (unless your a masochist), but as little as 6-10 miles, 3 times a week, keeps the legs from going to pot, and makes it that much easier in May or June when the riding season starts up again. At least that's the theory, ask me in the spring when I have spent a winter doing this, if it holds up.
It's a good theory, and it works!
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And I see you live in Florida which I'm assuming means you can ride year-round.

That's always been my problem with staying on the bike. I'm in the Midwest and once winter sets in, you can't ride all that often. I then have to re-motivate myself all over again come Spring to start riding regularly.
Humbug! Come on Hexen, MAN UP, GEAR UP and get out on the winter roads. As long as the pavement is dry, I dress for the conditions and head out. Anything to get off the trainer!
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Humbug! Come on Hexen, MAN UP, GEAR UP and get out on the winter roads. As long as the pavement is dry, I dress for the conditions and head out. Anything to get off the trainer!
+1 on this. With the right gear its not all that bad.
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I just wish I was 221 pounds...
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Yes, I do live in fla, and no, it doesn't snow here, but it does get quite cold here in the northeast.

That being said, I did go to college in Cleveland for a few years in the late '90's and did ride year round while I was there too.

The thing about this thread is that its not aging that is a problem, its the commitments of career and family that gets in one's way.
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The thing about this thread is that its not aging that is a problem, its the commitments of career and family that gets in one's way.
That's true also. It's probably no coincidence that it started getting harder to lose weight once I had kids. I've got a three year old and a 4-month old. I love them more than anything, but they do take away from time I can devote to staying in shape.
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I gained like 50 lbs when I met my wife and we started working nights at a bar almost 10 years ago. Now at 40, I've changed careers and working at the lbs has helped me.

btw, I bugged the shop owner for 3 years to hire me on, then I started taking late starts at my last job so that I could do the morning shop rides. When a spot opened up, I was in like Flynn.
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Don't worry boys. It is alot tougher at 50. I do 200 miles per week road, 1 mtb ride and some weights for the upper body and core and still have to count calories to lose/maintain weight.
thats so depressing - i don't want to grow old. i've only just started calorie counting the last couple of weeks and still nothing coming off. have to incorporate more exercise i think. i'm similar boat to you hexen, 34, 5'11" and 120kg (264lbs). i told myself i would never count calories but it seems i have to these days. best of luck with it.
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I'm 40. Average over 500 miles a month, and very much have to keep an eye on what I eat, and especially how much I eat. I'm skinny now, but still want to eat much more than I should. I expect this will be a never ending battle, especially as one of my hobbies is cooking.
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Almost 5 years ago I was 34 years old and weighed 535 POUND! Read that again.

I currently have lost more than 50% of my starting weight; I weigh 260 pounds. Dropping pounds, at any age, takes determination and hard work. I'm currently a proud member of Sparkpeople.com and it's a great place to lose weight. I don't get anything for mentioning this other than the fact that they've helped me lose my last 60 pounds. My user name is BillAlex70 if anyone wants to go check out some 'before/after' pictures.

Making small changes that you can live with is the best advice I can give you. Restriction only leads to binging and 'falling off the wagon.'

You can lose what ever you want but, you'll have to work at it.
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