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Middle Age Spread

Middle Age Spread

Why do we adopt a middle aged spread as we grow older???

Many adults do not eat more, or even as much as they did when they were younger.  So why does the average person add 1lb of body weight per year from around 30yrs old onwards?

You might assume that more fat on our bodies is the result of being less active, but this is only part of the problem.

As we age, we lose half a pound of lean muscle tissue every year.  This muscle loss is largely responsible for our metabolism slowing down as we grow older.

As our metabolism slows down, extra calories are stored as fat.  The real problem behind the expanding waistline can therefore be traced back to the gradual loss of muscle tissue.

Muscle is a very active tissue.  A pound of muscle requires 30-50calories a day to maintain itself, so it is fundamental to weight control that we prevent further muscle loss and keep our metabolism high so that we are burning more calories 24hrs a day.

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