Saturday, March 22, 2008

Does Your Metabolism Slow With Age?

Anti-Aging Tips for Your Metabolism

Does age have anything to do with your ability to see faster results?

When it comes to achieving the fat loss results you are after, AGE becomes a factor - ONLY when you allow it to be one.

Let's face it. Making changes to the way you think, eat and move can be uncomfortable and a bit of a challenge at times. As human beings, we naturally take the path of least resistance. We tend to seek out excuses for WHY we cannot follow through.

How many times have you let the rain, getting up late or having a bad day give you the "get out of your plan to stay fit and healthy FREE card"?

Well, when it comes to the "'myth" that we are destined to gain weight as we age for our metabolism naturally slows, it is no different. Rather, it is time to recognize and take responsibility.

Starting at around age 30 you will lose approximately 6.6 pounds of lean muscle mass during each decade of life. Numerous studies indicate that muscle mass may decline by 20% to 40% in people who do not get the proper nutrients.

YES - there is SOME truth to this myth. As women age, many hormonal changes take place that cause our body's to slowly lose lean muscle mass.

Keep in mind that the less muscle you have, the slower your metabolism will be.

However, this does not mean you just roll over and accept it. You are in control of how your body deals with these changes.

The main reasons why women gain weight as they age:

1. They are not involved in an effective resistance training plan to help maintain or increase lean muscle.

2. They are not filling their bodies with whole, natural hormonal balancing foods.

3. They are not as active.

4. They do not adjust their calorie intake to account for a change in their activity level.

Want to turn back the clock on your Metabolism?

Be sure you are

~ Performing resistance training at least 3 days a week. Your plan must include a progressively challenging format. Doing the same exercises day in and day out performing high repetitions with "Barbie weights" is not an effective resistance training plan and you will not see results.

~ Eat! As many women age, they tend to not eat enough - this in turn will slow your metabolism. It is important to eat enough calories to support the lean muscle you are attempting too maintain or even increase.

~ Eat often. Be sure you are fueling your body every 3 to 4 hours. Going too long between meals will only cause your body to lose lean muscle mass and worse - set you up to have cravings - causing you to overeat later in the day leading to fat storage.

~ Eat Supportively. If you fill your body with junk...of course your hormones will be off, your metabolism will slow, you will lack energy and you will gain weight. Begin to make a difference today by keeping track of the foods you eat and identify what substitutions need to be made.

You can do this!

You are not a victim of your metabolism...
You are the Creator

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1 comment:

Lisa said...

Great article!! I just turned the big 3-0 and I thought that I was!