New research suggests that looking thinner doesn’t necessarily mean you’re in good shape, especially if you’re over 40.
Now that’s a big wake up call.
So What’s the Research?
In research published in Clinical Interventions of Aging, researchers found that older adults with less muscle mass but more body fat faced a higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease later in life, even if their body weight was considered normal.
For many older adults, this problem is commonplace because they naturally lose muscle mass as they age, causing them to store more body fat.
This can lead to a skinny but soft, undefined look, often referred to as “skinny fat.”
To keep it under control, researchers stress staying in shape and stimulating muscle mass is key, even if you look on the thin side of things.
Your best bet?
Try building up muscle mass through proper strength training, paired with a healthy eating regimen that focuses on protein.
You’ll reduce the risk of losing muscle mass as you age, as well as reduce body fat that isn’t always visible.
It will keep your mind healthy too!