Success with weight maintenance or weight loss comes with building muscle mass.
Don't fault your eating habits if it's getting harder to keep your weight down as you grow older. Consider instead an exercise program which helps maintain your muscle tone.
|Mid-life weight gain|
|Your metabolism reflects the rate at which your body burns calories.|
|The older you get, the harder it is to keep your weight in check.|
|Fatigue is one indicator that your metabolism is slowing down.|
Beginning at age 40, women replace 1/3 of a pound of muscle a year with fat. As your muscle mass declines, so does the amount of energy required to maintain that tissue.
Your basal metabolic rate is a measurement of the rate at which your body burns calories, and it depends on your amount of lean body mass.
That means you need less nutrition to maintain basic bodily functions. How do you know if that's happening to you?
Ask yourself the four questions below, suggests nutritionist Judith Turnlund Ph.D., R.D., of the Western Human Nutrition Research Center in Davis, California. If you answer yes to three of them, that indicates a slow down in your metabolism.
1. Are you gaining weight, even though you haven't increased or changed the amount of food you eat?
2. Do you tire more easily?
3. Is your waistline growing, even though you haven't gained any weight?