Lose pounds then stay there

Scenario: after years at the same weight, you find yourself creeping up in weight, gaining a couple pounds or so each year - even though your diet and activity level haven't changed.

Your internal "thermostat" is doing its job of regulating your appetite and controlling your weight. Most likely the problem is you're losing muscle, especially if you don't train with weights. When you lose muscle, which starts happening in your 20's and 30's, your fat cells expand to fill up the space.

In this case, you don't need hardcore exercise. You just need to move more. Take the stairs. Walk whenever you can (separate from your workout). Bike. Yard work. Housework. Chores.

Now, if you REALLY want to keep off those pounds of fat from haunting you, start, or get back to, strength training. Muscle increases your metabolism, thereby burning more calories. 20-30 minutes of moderate strength training 3-6 days a week, high reps and low weight.

Gaining Weight 101

Gaining Weight 101

Find out why long exhausting workouts may do more harm than good. Most of the body-building workout and diet regimens out there are designed for the guys that gain muscle and fat easily. They focus on eating less and working out more in order to cut the excess fat from their bodies while adding needed muscle tone.

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