A recent study fromBrigham Young University reported that the middle-aged women have more than twice the risk of significant weight gain if they don’t cut back on food intake. They studied 192 middle-aged women for three years along with their lifestyles, health and eating habits. The results showed that women who didn’t restrain their eating and ate anything they wanted were 138 percent more likely to put on 6.6 pounds or more. As we age, our metabolism slows and our caloric requirements decrease. If we don’t practice restraint, weight gain is inevitable. For women, as they go through menopause eating restraint (watching caloric intake) will avoid the significant weight gain commonly observed. Years off excessive calories will contribute to obesity and the health issues that are generally coupled like diabetes and heart disease.