Our expert says:
I think that stopping training is a drastic step to take. Unless you were sure that training was causing the problem, there'd be no grounds to stop. And I don't think that training is causing your problem.
I think that what you're facing here is a typical problem associated with aging - the main change is that we lose lean muscle mass and that makes weight maintenance difficult. Then we start to accumulate fat in specific areas of the body, and I feel that's likely what you're struggling with. The practical implication of all this is that if you change nothing as you get older, then your body shape will change. It may therefore be that you need to look at making changes to the way you train - train at a higher intensity, or at the very least add cardio, because perhaps you're starting to see the result of that gradual loss of muscle mass.
But I definitely would not stop exercise - that will probably only accelerate the changes you're seeing now. So no, your trainingi s not responsible for your changes, and probably are helping slow them down.
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