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How to Maintain Your Weight as You Age

Fend off unhealthy weight gain as you age by maintaining healthy habits.


  • Step 1: Cut calories Take in fewer calories by eating more fruits and vegetables and fewer foods with lots of saturated fats.
  • Step 2: Eat less fat Eat lean meats, nuts, and healthy oils. Stay away from high-fat dairy, meats, and snacks.
  • Step 3: Eat to live Consume only as much as you need each day and only when you are hungry. Examine your eating habits: Eating to soothe your feelings, for example, can lead to overeating and weight gain.
  • Step 4: Move your body Start walking, running, or dancing for at least 30 minutes every day to burn fat and boost your metabolism.
  • TIP: Find activity you enjoy, like yoga, belly dancing, or hula hooping, so you’ll want to do it every day. Mix and match your activities for the week.
  • Step 5: Lift weights Do strength training to increase your fat-to-muscle ratio and raise your metabolism.
  • FACT: Did you know? Being overweight increases your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

You Will Need

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Exercise
  • Lean meats
  • nuts
  • and vegetables
  • Enjoyable physical activities (optional)

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