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Weight gain with age?

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We've all heard, as we age, it is harder to keep off weight.

New research shows older women who want to keep off weight might consider specific eating behaviors.   It is ultimately not your metabolism speed that determines if you are too heavy, experts say, but the amount you eat and how much activity you get.

A University of Pittsburgh researcher looked at both short-term and long-term changes made by nearly 500 overweight or obese women, all in their late 50s.

In the long-term, women who decreased desserts, sugary beverages and cheeses and meats and increased fruits and vegetables did best.

At six months in the study, eating fewer desserts, eating fewer fried foods, drinking fewer sugary beverages, eating more fish and eating out less were linked with more weight loss.

They found an increase in fruits and vegetables by two servings a day was associated with a three-pound weight loss at the end of four years.

Also, decreasing sugary beverages by 16 ounces daily was also linked with about a three-pound loss after four years.