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Slowing Metabolism with Age

October 21st, 2016 paulr Posted in Metabolism No Comments »

Slowing Metabolism with AgeTurns out there are multiple reasons for a slowing metabolism with age that affects us all once we are over 20 years of age. Most seniors already know that their metabolism is slowing down. They really do not understand why other than that they are aging. Activity level, body maintenance and energy to process your food all add up to your metabolism rate.

Processing your Food – it takes energy to process food and turn it into the nutrients that your body can use. This is about 10% of your basic metabolism level.

Body Maintenance – accounts for 60 to 70% of the calories that you burn each day. Just your normal day to day activities will use this level of energy even when you are at rest doing your best couch potato impression.

Activity Level – Highly active adults will burn many more calories and increase their metabolism levels. You burn more calories and maintain muscle mass as well as cardio capabilities.  Bottom line is burn off more calories than you take in if you want to lose weight and maintain a higher metabolism.

Slowing Metabolism with Age – What to Do?

There are five things you can do to ramp up your metabolism and burn off more calories.

Increase intensity levels – do more exercise. Exercise every day for 20 minutes at least and focus on high intensity levels while you are doing this exercise.

Strength Training – build muscle. Muscle uses more energy and burns more calories.

Increase your Protein intake – reduce your fat intake and your carb intake to decrease your bad calories. Eating protein will help build those muscles.

Water Intake – drinking lots of water keeps you hydrated and your body working optimally. It helps to build muscle and keep metabolism high.

Don’t Starve Yourself – the body will react by decreasing your metabolism to conserve energy and resources. Eat regular meals and focus on healthy eating habits.

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Coping with Slowing Metabolism

September 21st, 2016 paulr Posted in Metabolism No Comments »

Coping with Slowing MetabolismWe will all find ourselves coping with slowing metabolism at some point in our lives. It may be in our senior years or it could also be at a younger age. There are several reasons why our metabolism slows down. Once your understand why your bodies metabolism slows, you can do something about it. You may be surprised when you read on. A slow metabolism means you burn less calories and you also gain weight unless you take the proper steps to counteract it.  There are three areas to consider. First is the base metabolism rate which is how many calories you need just to maintain your body at its current weight. Second is the activity level or how many calories you burn through an active life style. Third is the number of calories it takes to digest the food you intake. The first consumes 60 to 70%, the second consumers 20% and the third consumes about 10% of the calories.

Coping with Slowing Metabolism

From the above three areas, it quickly becomes obvious what you need to do regardless of what age you are. As we age, our metabolic rate also slows because we are no longer growing, we are maintaining our weight, height etc. The only thing left is to either cut down on the calorie intake or to increase our activity level.

Fasting or starving ourselves will also decrease the metabolic rate.. It is important to eat regular meals, just cut back a little bit on the total amount of calories to avoid lowering your metabolic rate.

Next increase your activity level. Increase muscle mass by doing weight baring exercises. Creating muscles and using them burns calories and actually increases your metabolic rate. As we age we need to find ways of coping with slowing metabolism in our bodies. By tricking the body to deal with a higher activity rate, you will improve your strength, your cardio level and burn calories at the same time.

Start with regular exercise. Walking, lifting weights, cycling , golf or whatever sport you enjoy. Keep at it as long as you possibly can.

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