The Australian Women's Weekly

Healthy food every day

Your metabolism naturally slows down with age, so you start to burn fewer calories. This slowing down happens because we lose lean muscle as we get older. Lean muscle uses up a lot of the energy we consume, so the less lean muscle we have, the fewer calories we burn. However, there are many dietery choices we can make to help counteract these natural bodily changes and help us stay healthy.

• Try to choose nutrient-dense foods such as fruits and vegetables, lean meats, low-fat dairy foods, and wholegrain breads and cereals.

• Limit energy-dense foods such as processed snacks, biscuits and high-sugar soft drinks that are low in nutrients.

• Choose foods that are naturally high in fibre, to maintain

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