Aging and Weight Gain – is it a given?

Lynn Dorman, Ph.D. // Aging


October 19  

I've had a few discussions with friends lately about aging and weight gain. 
I think it's a myth that you MUST gain weight as you age yet many I know believe that getting fatter is an inevitable part of aging.  Yes – our body changes but the changes need not lead to increased weight. Our metabolisms slow down so we aren't burning as many calories as we used to – but cutting back on calories helps solve that.
And don't forget that muscle weighs more than fat so if you work out – you will lose inches but not necessarily a lot of weight.  Losing the weight may come at a slower pace than losing the inches; but being leaner [inch loss] is a good thing and a good goal to aim for. 
Each body works differently one to another.  We have different genetics and different metabolisms – which is why I believe there can never be a "for everyone" diet.   Yet I see eating recommendations that are posted as works for everyone.  
Take a look at the people around you – some are thin, some are more muscular, some are tall, some are short, some are men, some are women, etc.  Should they all be eating the same foods in the same proportions?  Nope!  Just as for most things – one size can't or doesn't work for all when it comes to human bodies and eating.  And it's why many yo-yo when trying any of these "diets."  The body loses water or muscle and the weight comes back because we need water and muscle!
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I learned a while ago that I am a protein eater…my metabolism needs more protein per meal than my very active friend who needs more carbohydrates per meal.  If I ate as much in carbohydrates as she does – I'd balloon and not only gain weight but get lethargic.  If she ate as much protein as I do, she'd feel lethargic.  Is something wrong with either of us?  No – we just have very different metabolisms.  Different strokes for different folks and their metabolic profiles 
There is a short questionnaire that assesses your metabolic profile.  If you would like more information about this or you have interest in taking the questionnaire – fill in the information box on the side and request a free 30-minute consultation.  That's about what it takes for this questionnaire [and I’m not selling you anything – just doling out information and advice.]




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About the Author

Native of NYC who moved a lot, got several degrees, and has been a lifelong writer and reader... I am interested in many things - and I write [and teach] about them - especially the human lifespan and healthy aging

Lynn Dorman, Ph.D.