15 Jan 2020

New study discovers the reason why we gain weight as we age

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New study discovers the reason why we gain weight as we age

Many people struggle to keep their weight in check as they get older. Swedish researchers now believe they have discovered the reason why this happens.

According to the research from the Karolinska Institute, lipid turnover in the fat tissue decreases during ageing and makes it easier to gain weight, even if we don’t eat more or exercise less than before.

The scientists studied the fat cells in 54 men and women over an average period of 13 years. In that time, all subjects, showed decreases in lipid turnover in the fat tissue, that is the rate at which lipid (or fat) in the fat cells is removed and stored.

According to the study, those who didn’t compensate for that by eating fewer calories gained weight by an average of 20 per cent.

Previous studies have shown that one way to speed up the lipid turnover in the fat tissue is to exercise more.

So, it’s the usual – exercise more, but most importantly eat less.

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