BMR, calories and the inevitable pitfalls of aging
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
One's BMR drops as one ages. (I've calculated that eventually my estimated resting BMR will actually drop below 1200 before being multiplied by a Harris-Benedict factor for average daily activity level.)
In order to maintain a specific weight, one therefore needs to gradually eat less and less food as one grows older, and therefore in order to get sufficient proper nutrition there is less and less leeway for ever eating any fun "empty calorie foods", unless one becomes more and more active, which is rather difficult to do as age takes its toll (most people have to become more sedentary, not less.)
I guess that eventually cuts out getting to have even an occasional cookie, never mind one's birthday cake. It is all rather depressing.