1. Hi Sandy! I SO felt that switch-for me it’s been the last couple years even more (I’m 48) that’s it not just about weight (that is really 40!) but it’s how I feel after I eat junk-like a truck ran me over-exhaustion, sore joints, mood issues, everything!!! I used to get away with that, and now I have to be so careful which is really a better incentive anyways. Also, have you read about peri-menopause and hormones and stress? It’s amazing stuff-how we really can’t deal with stress without weight/health issues for awhile-we aren’t producing the hormones that would help us cope so we must be very very careful with stress, and eliminate what we can.

    1. I totally agree…how I feel is so much more important to me than my pant size at this point of my life. I have NOT read the stuff about hormones and stress. Point me in the right direction! A book? Article? Website?

  2. What the advocates of calorie in calorie out use is the equation:

    Weight Gain or loss = Calories in (Eating) – Calories Out (Movement)

    It’s mostly simplified to that. So lose weight, eat less and/or move more.

    The first problem is they left out metabolism.

    Weight Gain or loss = Calories in (Eating) – Calories out (Movement + Metabolism)

    Next problem is those advocate who doesn’t leave out metabolism but assumes metabolism as a constant. However, metabolism changes under different factors such as age, and it also gets affected by the food with eat.

    So simply using that equation numerically to calculate whether we lose or gain weight through calories is flawed. That is why eating less or moving more doesn’t necessarily produce results. Worse still, is that moving excessively by long cardio exercises even reduces metabolism.

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