i see 20s 30s and 50s, what about 40s?

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lee shelly

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Posted: 17 Oct 2011, 15:16
i neeeeed help!! i turned 40 this year, and found out that its not a myth, its true, my metabolism has died

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Posted: 17 Oct 2011, 16:15
Not died - slowed down
The slow down probably starts in the 20s Smile
I am at the end of 40s I lose weight fine. Maybe not as fast as a 20 person but I am not in a hurry

Good luck with your journey
lee shelly

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Posted: 18 Oct 2011, 09:09
my breasts have gone from a b to a d, just like while i ws pregnant, as a matter of fact, my weight, my whole body looks like it always did after pregnancy, i dont like it

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Posted: 18 Oct 2011, 09:31
Well you know what you have to do. It is not easy
This happened to be too when I hit the 40s I put on tons of weight and become obese. But I have turned it around. You just have to adjust your eating to where your body is now. And maybe start some exercise to go along with it.

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Posted: 18 Oct 2011, 10:09
I am 45! I also have discovered that the weight does not come off like it used too! I thought I was ok until I got on the scale. Not so ok! 31 lbs over weight!

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Posted: 18 Oct 2011, 10:13
I am 43, and over 50 lbs overweight. My metabolism also has slowed to a crawl. I just keep execising and trying to eat less, I'm losing weight, but it is a slow journey, but I have time, so on we go. Smile
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Posted: 18 Oct 2011, 10:23
i will be 50 in a minute but i am still in my 40's.only 3 months into this journey but i have come to realize this is a way of life for me.all good food everyday and exercise.i will get to my goal weight but that is not the end.i have to do this for life....mine!

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Posted: 18 Oct 2011, 10:27
The decline in metabolic rate with age is mostly due to a loss in lean mass - i.e., less muscle. It's not that your body processes incoming food/energy that much more efficiently.

See here (PDF):
Although total 24-h energy expenditure was significantly lower in these elderly subjects than in the young adults, this was not true when differences in body size, body composition, and sex were taken into account. As previously reported for a large group of Pima Indians (15), although 24-h energy expenditure did decrease significantly with age, this effect of age was mostly related to the reduced fat-free mass observed in this group of elderly.

And here:
A prediction equation based on body weight (BW), age, and gender had virtually the same accuracy of the one based on FFM, age, and gender to predict BMR in both children and adults (R2adj = 0.59 and 0.60, respectively). In conclusion, gender was a significant determinant of BMR in children and adolescents but not in adults. Our results support the hypothesis that the age-related decline in BMR is due to a reduction in FFM.

The upside is that we're not doomed to choose between getting fat, or eating like hummingbirds for the rest of our lives. The "downside" is that we need to retain our muscle mass - meaning, we have to stay active in general. And if you really want to keep your metabolism humming, we need to lift weights, not just do cardio. Studies have shown that among active older populations, there are only tiny differences in resting metabolic rate.

See here:
Although RMRadj declined with age in our physically active men in conjunction with declines in exercise volume and energy intake, RMRadj did not differ between young and older physically active men who performed the same volume of endurance exercise (in terms of hours/week, regardless of intensity) and/or consumed the same number of calories per day. This would suggest that men who are able to maintain high levels of exercise and energy intake with age might better maintain RMR (per unit of fat-free tissue), which in turn might play a role in their lesser increase in body weight and fatness with age.

There is similar research available for women. Basically, it all shows (repeatedly) that we get fat when we age mostly because we're less active and gradually losing muscle - not just because we're older.

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Posted: 18 Oct 2011, 10:39
I am 48. At 41 I lost 30 lbs in 3 months. This time around, at 48, it's taken me 8 1/2 months to lose 45. That's a huge difference and I didn't expect it at all. I thought it would come off like it did just 7 yrs ago. But in the long run I think it's better this way. The longer it takes, the more I get used to it. If I do bad a day or two I get right back to it. Where before I went off of it and stayed off of it. Gaining it all back as fast as I lost it was SUPER depressing.
lee shelly

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Posted: 18 Oct 2011, 10:47
u look great beware5289!!! thats amazing u lost 30pounds in 3 months, i hope i can do it as well, ill be 41 in a few months...for 48, u look great, do u work out alot?

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Posted: 18 Oct 2011, 11:44
I'm 44 and have lost 30 lbs since the end of July (just shy of 3 months). I found that I gained weight very easily after 40, which is why I slowly creeped up about 35 lbs in the last 3-4 years. I'm not finding it that difficult to lose weight at all (so there is hope), but I must be more vigilant. In my early 30's, I lost about 55 lbs mostly through exercise and cutting back calories. I got to a pretty good level of fitness, but with that, I reverted to that early 20's mentality that I could "eat whatever I wanted", and I did.

The biggest thing at 40 I realized is that I have to take better care of my body and moderate my workouts. It took my body longer to heal and that meant less working out. Because, I never adjusted my portion control, the weight piled back on (quicker too).

This time around, I went on Nutrisystem (because my wife was having good success) and I find it VERY EASY to succeed on it, because, by it's very nature, it controls my portion sizes. I find the weight coming off pretty quick (averaging 2+ a week). I still have to be careful with my exercising to keep my body healthy, but it's not that bad. Instead of running 3 days in a row, I might do 1 run, 1 fast walk, then one run. I find that the biggest difference between losing in my 40's and losing in my 30's.

Bottom line, metabolism is slower (so there's less room for error) and there are certainly things you need to pay more attention to, but you can certainly lose weight just as steadily in your 40's as you can at other times.

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