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Is it Harder for Seniors to Lose Weight?

Is it Harder for Seniors to Lose Weight?

Q: Is it normal for a person to have a harder time losing weight as they grow older?

A: Yes. As we get older, it does become more difficult to lose weight. The amount of calories burned by your body depends on the amount of physical activity you do and your body’s underlying metabolic rate, both of which tend to decrease with age. The one thing you can do to maintain your metabolic rate is weight training. Muscle burns more calories at rest than fat.

Dr. Brent Ridge is the health expert for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. You can call and ask him a question live every Tuesday at 2 p.m. Eastern on Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 112 (1.866.675.6675). You can also follow along as he learns to grow his own food and raise goats on his farm in upstate New York by visiting

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As an undergraduate, Dr. Brent Ridge majored in public health and environmental science, studying the way the state of the natural environment impacts our health choices. As a physician, he specializes in the field of aging. Send your health questions to Dr. Brent at


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7:52AM PST on Mar 4, 2012

helps to know perception matches reality and isn't a myth

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9:08PM PST on Mar 3, 2012

good idea if your knees and back aren't shot. do to the "physical" job you had before you retired. read all the weight loss books at the library last summer.....all different plans,,,none worked. hard to exercise with chronic pain.

8:42PM PST on Mar 3, 2012

A plainly put simple truth.

3:29AM PST on Feb 16, 2010

This is so true! It's unfortunate when one night out or a summer barbecue can pack on the pounds so that it's evident on the scale! The tips are great, and it's up to the individual to take ownership on what goes in the mouth - and what stays out! For more great summer tips that are quick and painless to incorporate into daily eating habits,

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10:16PM PST on Feb 8, 2010

maybe it will be... that's why i'm determined to lose weight while i'm still young...I've tried adipex to lose weight and it works for me. I'm happy with the results. i ordered it in

8:59AM PST on Jan 24, 2010

When we get older, it is the more important to keep fit! To settle down and to do nothing is the worst and most unhealthy thing what one can do. Doing some sports in the morning is good for blood circulation and your mental health! However, if we're getting old, we shouldn't lie our importance in losing weight, rather than in keeping fit! Even though it is much harder for seniors to lose weight, you cannot count this as an excuse for not doing any kind of sports.

8:38PM PDT on Jun 14, 2009

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