Cutting Calories

1 Jun

You need to cut calories as you get older.
Still eating the same size, plate of pasta, or bowl of cereal that you always have? Maybe that is why your waist is starting to spread out.
“Food lover that I am, the worst part about getting older is that I can’t eat as much as I used to without putting on weight,” Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition, food studies, and public health at New York University.
“I hate this,” she adds. “But the reality is that bodies change with age in ways that reduce calorie needs.”
Resting metabolism, the rate at which we burn calories to keep our lungs, heart, kidneys, brain, and other organs running, starts to drop appreciably at around age 40 in men and age 50 in women.
“Muscle mass is replaced by fat, which burns fewer calories than muscle, and people generally become less active,” notes Nestle. Exercise helps, “but some of the change seems to be inevitable,” she adds, “I consider this the worst dirty trick about aging.”
The only consolation: You’re not alone. “Every postmenopausal woman I know complains about how hard it is to maintain weight.” says Nestle. “It’s no fun to feel as though you can’t even look at food without adding on pounds.”

Want to stay trim?  Cut back on portions as you get older.

Source: Nutrition Action Health Letter June 2012

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