Wednesday, March 31, 2010

"The Never Ending Workout" from Daily Beast

Linking a good read from DB written by Dr. Susan B. Roberts on the controversial research published in AMA that women need to exercise at least 60 mins a day to avoid gaining extra weight as they age.

But just because exercise is important for health doesn't mean it is important for everything. Instead of spending an entire hour each day exercising, we might instead spend some of that time thinking about what we eat—which is key to preventing weight gain—and cooking our own food at home.

What else can you do to prevent weight gain as you pack on the decades? Other research studies point to two factors as particularly important to preventing age-related ballooning.

1. Avoid “disinhibited eating.” Disinhibited eating is a psychological term for taking casual opportunities to eat with abandon. Birthday cake, free hot dogs, and candy on a coworker’s desk are all opportunities for eating if you take them, and several research studies show that people who step up and take a helping will gain 20 or 30 pounds more as they age, compared to those who say “no thanks” and stick to their regular meals and snacks.

2. Accept that your calorie needs decline as you get older and that your eating patterns need to change. Depending on your individual characteristics, your calorie needs may decline anywhere from 500 to 1,000 calories per day between the ages of 20 and 70. That is a lot less food you need to eat to stay weight stable, and since you still need to get essential nutrients and feel full even if you need less calories, that means cutting out more junk and focusing on fresh, healthy foods that really fill you up.

I can attest to the 2 points above. 2010 has been a great year for me, and it's just April :D Among other things, I have been able to stick to my resolution of working out at least 3 times a week and eating healthy. I must admit, the only junk food I terribly miss is: fries :( Yes, we've tried the baked version, and it's nowhere near the crispy, salty, greasy, fatty, disgustingly delicious fried taters!

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