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Susan Adcox

Stop Obesity One Pound at a Time

By November 15, 2012

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In the past, I've been proud that at 65 I'm only 20 pounds heavier than the weight I maintained for most of my life. A new program from the National Institute of Health has me feeling a little less proud. The tagline: "Obesity happens one pound at a time. So does preventing it."

In one effective video, people in a city park are handed sandbags weighing 10 or 20 pounds to carry around. They report being winded or feeling the extra weight in their joints. The point, of course, is that extra weight that's a part of your body has the same effect.

Still, I'm doing better than the average American, who gains a pound a year, according to an article in U. S. News. That piece also points out that for each decade after age 30, metabolism typically slows 5 to 7%, which means that by the age of 50 we should be eating around 300 to 500 fewer calories per day than we did at age 20. Those who don't want to reduce their intake should be exercising around one hour per day. I've found a candlelight yoga class that I'm adding to my water aerobics and walking regimens. But any number of events, many grandchild-related, interfere with my exercise schedule. Clearly what I should be doing is cutting calories to compensate for those days I don't work out.

What works best for you in avoiding weight gain?

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November 16, 2012 at 3:51 am
(1) granny annie says:

It appears that my recent surgery will do the most for my weight loss. It seems I had two brenner tumors in my ovaries that has been playing a huge roll in my inability to lose weight. Things are going well and I have dropped 7 lbs since the operation two weeks ago, We must allow for those people who have physical problems that can cause their weight gain and get them to endocrinologists for evaluation.

November 16, 2012 at 12:06 pm
(2) Grandma Kc says:

I am about 12 pounds heavier now than when I graduated high school and that isn’t bad either BUT I until recently I haven’t really worked at it. I am lucky. I know it is just genetics that have kept me slim. A few months ago I realized I needed to start doing something proactive to keep in shape. Not so much for weight but for health! I committed to doing 20 minutes a day of weighted hula-hooping and while I don’t get it done every day I am averaging 6 out of 7 and I FEEL so much better for it. Every little bit does help! Great post!

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