|Just today I was talking with a friend who was talking about her expanding waist line as she has gotten older. I am sure that she is not alone. I have even seen a billboard “Muffin Top”. Now for those of you don’t know what a Muffin Top is let me explain. As someone ages or if you are younger just too many calories the fat gathers around the middle there are things that happen when you put on a pair of jeans. When you snap the jeans at the waistline then the fat spills over and creates the look of a muffin top as it spills over the waist band. You are probably saying oh please spare me from that image.Well okay you got the picture but what can you do about the Muffin Top?
The Houston Chronicle today gave a solution. But,be forewarned the fact may be a bit disappointing if you fall into the postmenopausal category.
In summary the research indicates that you have to rev up you have to work harder at revving up your metabolism.
“Rev up the treadmill: sobering new research spells out just how much exercise women need to keep the flab off as they age…….and it’s a lot! At least an hour of moderate activity a day is needed for older women at a healthy weight who aren’t dieting. For those who are already overweight – and that’s most American women – even more exercise is called for to avoid gaining weight without eating less,the study results suggest.”
Basically, the study says as women age, if they keep eating the same, they will gain weight without the hour of exercise a day. Overweight women who eat the same will gain, especially around the middle. Oh please that spells work and sweat.
Here’s another quote: “The study also indicates that the 2008 guidelines urging about ½ hour of exercise 5 days a week won’t stop weight gain while getting older…without cutting calories.”
So if you are already overweight and post menoupausal female, you may have to exercise 2 hours a day? That’s if I keep up the calorie meals and snacks you ate when you were young.
Most of us women know that we need to exercise moderately and eat fewer calories than we did as young women.
The trick is to find good food that is lower in calories.