We just got an “extra” hour by virtue of the clocks being turned back one hour. How much fun would it be if we could turn the clocks back 20 years instead of one hour?
Focusing on weight control, a very large contributing factor to weight gain over the years is the decreasing metabolic rates we all endure as time goes on. Gone are the teenage days when we could eat/drink anything we wanted to and the scale would show no changes. As the years progress almost all of us experience an ever-increasing “difficulty factor of controlling weight. If we ate/drank the same amount of calories every year, we would not stay the same weight. The number will increase due to the slowing of our metabolic rates as we age.
Unfortunately Daylight Savings Time only allows for a one-hour turn back, not 20 years. Therefore we must make yearly adjustments to our dietary intake and exercise to offset the slowing metabolic rates. The good news is that for most people appetite seems to decrease over time. Personally for me, in the “old days”, I could go to a buffet and scarf down three plates of food and then dessert. Now, I cannot even come close to the amount of food consumption at one sitting that I was capable of years ago.
During your long-term weight control efforts, try to remain cognizant of the metabolic slowdown that occurs and offset this by staying more vigilant to the high protein/low carb approach as well as incorporating exercise into your routine.
And lets all be thankful that in the spring, the clock only gets turned forward one hour and not 20 years.