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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Put the brakes on senior spread

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  • As a person ages their body doesn’t respond the same way to weight-loss efforts. While senior spread is an aggravating phenomenon, caused primarily because metabolism is slowing down and fewer calories are needed each day, everydayhealth.com offers this advice:
     
    A study of weight gain prevention in 284 women showed that women who maintained a healthy weight over a three-year period were more likely to:
     
    • Carefully monitor food intake
     
    • Avoid a loss of control of their diet (binging, for example)
     
    • Not feel hungry
     
    • The strategies for combating weight gain as you age are the same you’ve used before:
     
    • Count your calories
     
    • Eat a hunger-busting Mediterranean-style diet rich in fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats which keeps you feeling full and gives you more energy to exercise.
     
    • Keep fat intake below 30 percent of your calories
     
    • Be physically active, at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week (more if possible).

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