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The Biggest Reason You Gain Weight as You Age Has Nothing to Do With Food

Many of us have experienced it firsthand: As the years go by, the pounds become more difficult to keep off. But have you ever wondered exactly why we experience weight gain as we age? Hint: your eating habits actually aren’t to blame.There are a variety of reasons, explains Dr. Caroline Apovian, the Director of the Nutrition and Weight Management Center at the Boston Medical Center, professor at the Boston University School of Medicine and the vice-president of The Obesity Society. A change in hormones, a more sedentary lifestyle and an increase in stress and decrease in sleep due to added responsibilities are just a few. “But a major reason for middle aged weight gain is the natural muscle loss …

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