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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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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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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