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, 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).