Diet Myth 7

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Diet Myth 7

Weight gain is inevitable with age.

Metabolism slows with age, but that is no excuse for sporting a large gut.

A 2011 study out of Harvard suggests that a range of lifestyle choices, from the kinds of foods you eat to the amount of exercise you do influence your weight as you age.

The study tracked more than 100,000 men and women for up to 20 years and found that people who ate more vegetables, fruits, nuts and whole grains were less likely to pack on pounds than people who ate a lot of potato chips, processed meats and unprocessed red meats.

Sleep also factored in. Weight gain was lowest among people who slept six to eight hours a night and was higher among those who slept less than six hours or more than eight hours.

“Casually accepting some weight gain can lead to massive weight gain over time, considering our largely sedentary lifestyles and the easy availability of quick, fatty meals,” said Hardeman who says he weighs the same now, at age 61, as he did when he was 18 (74 kilograms).

“Weight gain is not ‘normal,’ and it’s going to have a big impact on the rest of your life,” he said.

Hardeman advises if you find at age 40 that you can’t quite eat the same things you did when you were younger, then stop eating them. Same goes for when you realise that you have to work a bit harder at the gym.

“It’s not like you wake up one day and find you’ve gain 15 kilos. It’s an insidious process,” he said. “Then you start getting arthritis or have a stroke and that makes you more sedentary. Before you realise it, you’ve dug yourself into a hole, and you’re 75, overweight and using a cane.”

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