Magazine article Work & Family Life

How to Fight Age-Related Weight Gain

Magazine article Work & Family Life

How to Fight Age-Related Weight Gain

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As people get older, excess weight becomes easier to gain and harder to lose. This is a challenge for women especially who, on average, put on 1-3 pounds a year after menopause due to hormonal changes and a slower metabolism.

But many women as well as men manage to win their own battle ofthe bulge. The National Weight Control Registry (NWCR) from Brown Medical College in Providence, Rl, tracks individuals who have lost more than 30 pounds and kept it off for more than five years.

Here's what the NWCR has learned about how its participants accomplished their weight loss initially:

* 55% got help from som e type of weight-loss program and 45% did it on their own.

* 98% modified their food intake in some way.

* 94% increased their physical activity-most often by walking more. …

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