7 Pieces of Advice to Avoid Weight Gain as You Age

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3. Stay mentally active

Memory problems are considered to be a normal part of the aging process. But it’s not like you can’t do anything about it. Pleasant activities such as reading, doing crosswords and sudoku puzzles, or playing chess (even some online games) will stimulate different parts of the brain, boosting memory and concentration.

Such great habits awaken and train your brain, help prevent stress and depression, and maintain the quality of your life.

4. Say “No” to diets

Low-calorie diets can actually decrease the rate of your metabolism for good. When not getting enough calories, your body tries to conserve all its energy and, as a result, it saves calories. If you turn to those crash diets repeatedly, your metabolic rate will never go back to normal.

Also note that a 1,200-calorie diet (and less) will help you lose weight, but the weight you lose is muscle tissue, not fat. And since muscles burn more calories than fat, losing muscle tissue will only make it difficult for you to maintain your weight.

5. Choose clothes that add to your confidence

The way you look influences the way you feel and the way others perceive you. This especially concerns clothes. Try to choose those that accentuate your best features and hide imperfections — for instance, low waist jeans may not be the best choice as they can shorten your legs and draw attention to the waist without highlighting it.

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