While there are certainly advantages to getting older, when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight, nature isn’t exactly on our side. Unless we actively work at maintaining it with resistance exercises, we lose five to ten per cent of our muscle mass with each passing decade, which means our bodies need fewer calories, since muscle uses up more energy than fat. Yet many of us don’t modify our eating or exercise habits, leading to gradual weight gain.
However, some simple strategies can help rebalance the scales, while improving your overall health. To find out more, read my latest Good Times health feature: Managing Weight Gain.
Thank-you to the experts who were kind enough to agree to be interviewed for the story:
- Dr. Tony Chetty, the medical director of the bariatric clinic at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (Ont.).
- Dr. Jennifer L. Kuk, an associate professor in the school of kinesiology at Toronto’s York University.
- Rosie Schwartz, a registered dietitian and nutrition writer who shares her knowledge and clear-headed advice along with recipes for delicious, healthy dishes on her blog.
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