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Why is it harder to lose weight as I get older?

Muscles are high-maintenance tissues, meaning they burn up a lot of calories. The more lean muscle mass you maintain as you age, the better you age, and the more calories you will burn. One feature to aging people forget about, though, is the natural decline in muscle mass and strength that occurs. Starting in our thirties, we lose an average of one-quarter of a pound of muscle each year. In terms of muscle strength, we lose one percent of our muscle strength every year. This picks up speed between the ages of sixty-five and seventy-five to an annual loss of 1.5 percent of our muscle strength. If you’ve ever been frustrated by not being able to lose weight as quickly as, say, your spouse, you can thank your lower muscle mass for that. When you do the math for this equation, you see how easy it is to fatten up automatically through the years without changing anything in your diet. If you burn 200 calories a day fewer at fifty than you did at thirty, those calories have to go somewhere if you’re still consuming them.

From The Mind-Beauty Connection: 9 Days to Less Stress, Gorgeous Skin, and a Whole New You by Amy Wechsler.

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