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June 25, 2015
Seaside, Florida In A Fabulous Hi-Lo Dress
Seaside, Florida In A Fabulous Hi-Lo Maxi Dress
June 29, 2015

Gaining Weight With AgeWeight is an emotionally charged issue. It affects every aspect of our lives: self esteem, confidence, energy level and overall health. It can be even more deflating to notice yourself gaining weight with age even though you are still eating the same things you always have.

I regulated my weight over the years with different short-term solutions; including various diet approachgaining weight with agees and increased exercise. But as I got older, I noticed that short-term solutions were becoming less and less effective.

Our Body Composition Changes As We Age

One reason for this is that our calorie requirement usually lowers as we age. Basically, this means that you can eat the same amount and exercise the same amount you always did and still discover that you are putting on excess weight.  A large reason for gaining weight with age is that the human body is designed to be terminal. In essence, our muscles begin to atrophy and gather fat deposits as we age. So, the less muscle we have in our body composition, the less calories we need to maintain our body weight.

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Maybe you used to regulate your weight by exercising more when you noticed you had put on a few pounds. Now, because of your new body composition, just increasing your cardio exercise alone without also modifying your diet is unlikely to work for you.

We Need To Change With Our Bodies

This doesn’t mean you can’t still lose weight, tone your body and become fitter. It just means that you need a new battle plan. We have to be willing to change with our bodies as we age.

For example, if you want to continue eating the same amount, you will need to incorporate weight training into your routine to replace the muscle mass you have lost.

For me, I decided I needed to overhaul my whole thought process in regard to weight loss to avoid gaining weight with age. This meant throwing away short-term diets for good in exchange for making sustainable life changes. As I have mentioned numerous times in my blogs, lasting weight loss does not come from dieting. It can only be maintained by establishing new lifelong eating habits.

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Learning It, Shellie


  1. Melinda says:

    Oops! Forgot to say I came from Leisure Link.

    • says:

      😉 Thanks for stopping by!

      • Shellie, this is such a great post and no matter how active mid-life women are, weight just piles on! I like what you said about finding the right scenario that works for each of us. Thank you for this great post shared on #TheLeisureLink!!

  2. Melinda says:

    Definitely things change as we age! I kept gaining weight, till finally I went gluten, and (mostly) sugar free. It’s working! Almost effortless weight loss, while still eating food I like!

    • says:

      Good for you, Melinda! The key is to find sustainable changes that work for you!

  3. Kathleen says:

    Good stuff Shellie. I am constantly trying to motivate myself so that I don’t become what Debbie calls a pumpkin. Thanks so much for your info on the subject.
    Fridays Blog Booster Party

  4. I do believe in eating clean and not stressing about the details!!! jodie

    • says:

      I have found that to be so true! Once you work out the appropriate amounts, then you don’t have to be stressed with each bite.

  5. I just blame everything on peri-menopause (it makes me feel better) and then try my hardest to eat healthy and move more…….there is still a thickening around my midsection that is resistant to my best efforts though (grrrrrr) ~ Leanne

    • says:

      Yes, there are some things we can’t control, like redistribution of weight and then there are things we can control, like diet and exercise. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Debbie says:

    We have to adapt our habits to follow the changes in our metabolism. I find a pity when I see people blaming aging for everything.
    We don’t turn into a pumpkin because of our age, but because of our habits.
    I’m here from #FridayBlogBooster

  7. Grace Liang says:

    I totally agree with you about the life long eating habit. I gained some weight after 40 too and it is harder and harder to lose them. So we have to change our life style to follow our body’s change. Very great point! Have a great weekend!
    By the way, I started my own link up and it will be every Wednesday. Don’t forget to stop by! 🙂


  8. You nailed it! All my life I was skinny until recently. Aging stinks on so many levels, lol. Thanks for linking up with Thursday Favorite Things!