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As the years pass by, many women find that the lifestyle that worked out in their 20s and 30s fails to achieve the same results in their 40s and 50s. Many women ask: “What am I doing wrong?”
As women reach their 50s (the average age of onset for menopause), they have to compensate for hormonal, cardiovascular and muscle changes that may have not been prevalent in their younger years. Weight gain in aging women is common due to decreases in muscle mass, as well as the accumulation of excess fat and a lower resting metabolic rate. Hormonal shifts can cause a range of symptoms and increase overall risk for heart disease and stroke. Finally, absorption of certain nutrients may decrease due to a loss of stomach acid.
You’ve changed throughout the years and your diet needs to as well. The focus over 50 should be to maintain your weight, keep your heart healthy and — above all — stay strong! The following five tips may help you live your 50s fabulously.
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