Adding Years and Pounds ( Diabetes )
Most people gain about 20 pounds or about 1 pound per year between the ages of 25 and 50. They get less daily physical activity but may eat more as they get older. If you eat just 100 extra calories a day, you would eat 35,000 extra calories in a year and gain 10 pounds.
Unfortunately, your metabolic rate also slows down as you age, so you don’t burn those extra calories. The best plan to fight middle-aged spread is to eat healthfully and to get plenty of activity. Unfortunately, much of middle-aged weight gain is abdominal fat. You may increase your waist size even if your weight does not change. Having more abdominal fat is associated with health risks such as elevated blood pressure, high triglyceride levels, insulin resistance, and diabetes. You can stop this vicious cycle by maintaining a healthy weight.