New research has uncovered why we gain weight as we age, even if we don’t eat more or exercise less than before…

The battle of the bulge is often fought alongside the effects of ageing. But just why do we go to war with the bathroom scale as we get older?

New research from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden has revealed that lipid turnover in the fat tissue decreases during ageing and makes it easier to gain weight.

And the bad news is that this happens even if we don’t eat more or exercise less than before.

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The study spanned 13 years

These are the findings of a 13-year study of fat cells in 54 men and women.

In that time, all subjects, regardless of whether they gained or lost weight, 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.

Those who didn’t compensate for that by eating fewer calories gained weight by an average of 20 percent.

In other words, if you want to keep the weight off as you age you will have to trim your daily diet accordingly.

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Source: Karolinska Institutet via

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