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iVillage.com: Your Most Annoying Weight Loss Issues Solved

When I was 25 I never watched what I ate. Now that I’m in 40s the scale slowly creeps upward. What gives?

Sleep, or the lack thereof, might be your problem. Remember when you were in your 20s you could stay out late and still dazzle at your early morning staff meeting? Now that you’re in your 40s, you need an entire weekend to recuperate from watching Jon Stewart in real time. Blame your aging body, which just can’t recover from emotional stress and sleep deprivation the way it used to. “I tell my patients all the time, ‘You cannot lose weight if you are not sleeping,’” says Stanton. “When you were in your 20s you could, because your body bounced back from the hormone imbalances created by lack of sleep. But if you’re in your 30s, 40s, 50s, you’re not sleeping and you’re stressed out, that weight loss is going to be very hard to come by.”

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