Adults on average gain almost a pound of fat a year as we age. What causes this gain in weight? Changes in diet such as eating more unhealthy foods like potato chips, fast food, sugary drinks, processed foods, breads (white being the most abused), and cereals that are full of empty calories.
Other reasons: decrease in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, less physical activity, and poor sleeping habits.
In a study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, 121,000 participants were tracked for 20 years. Every four years they gained an average of 3.35 pounds and in 20 years gained almost 17 pounds.
Those who made the most unhealthy choices gained nearly 4 pounds more every four years than those who made healthy choices. Those who ate an extra serving of chips a day gained an average of 1.7 pounds every four years than those who didn’t. Those that drank one more sugary drink a day added an extra pound or more every four years that those who didn’t.
An increase in watching TV combine with a lack of physical activity, increased alcohol intake, and getting less than six hours of sleep also played a role in weight gain.
Don’t just watch your fat or sugar intake, if you do and don’t watch your portion sizes, you’ll still gain weight. Watch what you eat and how much you eat, along with healthy choices to keep your weight down a you age.