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6/19/10 5:13 P

I think it does but we also get alot less active which is partially to blame

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6/19/10 5:05 P

I seem to be about the same age as you. I am finding it alot harder to lose and keep the weight off now that I will be turning 30 in October. when I was 23, I lost about 35 pounds in about 6 months, now I have lost 30 pounds over the past three years, but it has stayed off.

I am doing my best to get in shape so hopefully it isn't as hard when I am older. I will just have to keep myself in check! If you stay active all your life, then hopefully you will age gracefully!

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6/19/10 4:55 P

Does it ever?

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6/19/10 4:49 P


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6/19/10 4:45 P

Yes, metabolism changes with age. No, you don't have to accept it; you have to adjust.

I'm 54. What I did at 20, 30, or 40 would not work for me now.

Sorry, kid, but you're going to have to pay more attention as the years pile up.

And, NO! Don't accept the increase unless you want to. If you don't, then you are going to be making some changes.

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6/19/10 1:23 A

I think your metabolism slows done as you age.

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5/29/10 1:24 P

Mine certainly has slowed with age but I'm "taking it back" with education, exercise and smarter food choices.

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5/29/10 1:10 P


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5/29/10 1:08 P

of course. also as you lose weight. your metabolism is your bodies furnace. keep it burning

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5/29/10 1:04 P

Yes it does. Check your hormone levels too.

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5/29/10 12:48 P


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5/29/10 10:34 A

Sure does... slows down. Gotta fight it with increased exercise and watching out diet. Check out my healthy living blog at the site below!

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5/29/10 9:23 A

in my opinion it does

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5/29/10 9:08 A

Boy! Does it ever!

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5/29/10 8:56 A

Most definitely! I used to eat more than my husband and I didn't gain weight. Flash forward to the 30's, it's harder not to gain and I can't eat like I used to. I'm turned 50 this year (yikes) and I have to watch what I eat and exercise or it all goes to my stomach.

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5/29/10 8:54 A

yes, ever since I hit 30 it has slowed down

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5/29/10 7:41 A

You bet. I used to be able to heat like a horse and not gain a pound. Now I eat like a bird and gain weight by smelling my food!!

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5/29/10 7:39 A


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5/29/10 1:25 A

i think as u age ur metabolism slows down.

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5/29/10 12:31 A

Yes your metaolism changes the older you get.

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5/29/10 12:29 A

slows down emoticon

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5/29/10 12:28 A

Gets slower with age.

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5/28/10 11:30 P

Depends on the person. I'm 48 (tomorrow) and my metabolism seems to be just as high as it was when I was younger, if not even better. Building muscle is the key to keeping it at top speed, no matter your age. emoticon

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5/28/10 10:40 P

Most definitely!

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5/28/10 10:38 P

Yes he older I get the more difficult it is to loose weight

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5/28/10 10:17 P


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5/28/10 10:16 P

Nope people get more lazy... Thus don't move enough, train to keep their muscles from going to ground and eat totally wrong..
Morjorie Newlin, 86 retired nurse
63 years old
70 years old

These people look good because they are active and looking efter their bodies.. Metabolism is as lazy as we let it get..

Edited by: RENA1965 at: 5/28/2010 (22:21)

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5/28/10 8:03 P

it does but strength training can reverse that.

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5/28/10 6:09 P

Yes, it slows like every other body process. That's why we do cardio, strength training, and eat healthy.

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5/28/10 4:48 P

Yes it does. BUT with extra strength training bouts, we can really boost it quite a bit. Muscle mass keeps it revved up.

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5/28/10 4:46 P

I would have to agree, it changes and of course not for the better. Although, I have to agree that it is also about the time we settle down, have children and everything we do in our lives is different. I did find that when the kids were little (3-7) and we were playing ball, going to the park, riding bikes it was good again. However, after that they are doing with their friends and mom doesn't do as much physically with them. Time to get out and start doing again, which is my biggest challenge. I seem ok w/food, but I can't seem to get on a fitness roll.

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5/28/10 4:07 P

Yes, I think it slows to a degree but as Rusty Angel said it is strongly related to lifestyle factors. Many of us have more time and energy for exercise when we are younger and single. Marriage and kids changes our lifestyle and priorities significantly.
Can you reach your previous level? Absolutely, and beyond! But it is going to be a bit more challenging as you get older.

FYI if you are doing everything you think you should be and are still struggling you might want to talk to your doctor to determine if your hormonal levels are where they should be.

But in the meantime you look great and good luck with your fitness endeavers!

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5/28/10 4:04 P

Absolutely, when I was younger and wanted to drop a couple of LBS all I had to do was give up soda for a week. Not anymore!!!

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5/28/10 3:52 P

I think it does

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5/28/10 3:14 P


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5/28/10 1:48 P

My metabolism slowed, but then again, so did my life. In our late 20's/early 30's there seems to be a common shift to a more sedentary lifestyle. Less spontaneous action and more 8 hour days at a desk. Our friends get married and have kids, we get married and have kids. We become less physically active and our metabolism slows.
So get out there and shake your tush! Plenty of people keep their metabolisms high throughout their lives (they usually have physical jobs, but also runners, etc.)
I'm fine with turning 30, I'm not fine turning into a couch potato.

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5/28/10 1:41 P

It sure does emoticon

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5/28/10 1:07 P

Yes. I can really tell a difference in how fast I lose weight now at 57 compared to how I lost at 35 or so.

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5/28/10 1:06 P

Yes. Especially when exercise and activity decrease. So step it up, everyone! I had to start doing that when I failed every other way!!!

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5/28/10 12:50 P

Most definitely!

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5/28/10 12:48 P

I definetly think so

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5/28/10 12:38 P

I turned 30 last January and I noticed that my metabolism slowed to the point that sometimes I wonder if it is working at all. I have had to make some lifestyle changes (eating healthier, exercising at least 5 times a week) in order to lose the weight I accumulated in my 20s. But I am going to be a healthier person than I was in my 20s as well.

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5/28/10 12:01 P

I noticed my metabolism changed as well about the time I hit my late 20's/early 30's.

You don't have to accept it! Getting active and changing how/what you eat and how you treat food as a part of your life can certainly help combat the creeping waistline.

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5/28/10 12:01 P

everything changed
(we don't have to settle for anything)

Edited by: GRACEISENUF at: 5/28/2010 (12:02)

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5/28/10 11:58 A

Mine certainly seemed to. Not only was I much faster to gain weight but weight loss slowed considerably.

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5/28/10 11:26 A

I'm 29 and approaching 30 (way too fast I might add). Seems like when I hit 28, my weight started increasing. I've never had a problem staying at around 130 eating pretty much what I wanted. At 28, I noticed that I can't really do this anymore and have gained around 7-8 lbs in the last 1 1/2 years.

Does a metabolism change when we get close to 30? Am I just going to have to accept my increase in weight?

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