Do people just lose weight or have their metabolism change as they age?
December 3, 2010 2:15 PM Subscribe
After struggling with weight my whole life, I suddenly lost 15 pounds out of nowhere, and, even post-Thanksgiving (and post doctor-visit), I don't seem to be gaining any back. Do people ever just lose weight/have their metabolism change as they age?
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Female, 29, 5'4". I've always fought to keep extra weight off, and have always had a higher BMI and weight for my height. When I'm exercising regularly (weights mostly, and minimal cardio), I weigh about 150-160 with the extra muscle. Before I exercised, seems like I was about at 140-145, and I've weighed as little as 135 when dieting hard (cutting out carbs completely). Generally that kind of weight loss was hard for me to sustain, so I would gain that extra five back once I started back with carbs even occasionally.
I stopped exercising entirely in August (weighed about 155 then), and went to Europe in September for 10 days. Because I knew I'd be drinking and eating rich foods, I cut out the carbs and got down to about 150 prior to my trip. When I came back I noticed that I weighed 145, which was odd because I expected to have gained a bit, and this was when I started incorporating carbs back into my diet more and stopped actively trying to lose weight.
A couple weeks later at 140 I made an appointment to see my doc, who checked my thyroid and gave me a complete blood workup. I don't know exactly what she tested, but I do remember her saying my blood counts were fine, and my tests all came back fine. I had no symptoms of anything, and if anything was feeling less stressed and more energized than I was used to. We would follow up in a month if I continued to lose. Also noteworthy is that I just recently had an HIV test as I was donating plasma, and that was negative.
So here I am, post-Thanksgiving. I made truffles and pies, and indulged like normally while abstaining in the days afterward. I am still at 140, whereas I would have expected to gain a bit, and I'm eating carbs more than I ever did. Granted, this is still not a lot of carbs compared to others who never struggled with their weight. I will maybe have a piece of bread at lunch, and will have dessert and a glass of wine at night.
So of course if I lose more I will head back to the doctor, but is is possible that my body is just changing as I age? I've started to notice little things as I age, like my feet getting smaller, and my hair changing texture, so could this also be part of that? Total we're talking about 15 pounds over a four month period but most of that was in the first two months, and although my body is not responding the way it used to to food, my weight has stabilized in the last month.