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Weight Loss After Age Forty
There was a time, just prior to the summer beach season, when I would view myself in a full length mirror and assess the winter damage. The conclusion was generally the same: shed a few pounds, buy a new two-piece and see you in the sand.
Not so anymore.
To begin, the summer beach season is no longer the priority it once was, although the Atlantic Ocean remains an old friend.
Second, shedding a few pounds is not the seasonal exercise it used to be, either. The demand is more frequent and the effort needed to meet the task is greater.
Weight loss at ages fifteen, sixteen, or seventeen is an experience that is light years away from weight loss once the clock has moved past forty years old. There is some solace in knowing it is not just me. The better part of the over forty tribe has the same problem, and there is a reason for it.
Revving Up Your Metabolism
Welcome to your metabolism. It is the treacherous culprit responsible for your weight-loss struggles after age forty, as well as the engine that is responsible for the conversion of what we eat into either energy or stored fat. After age thirty, metabolism tends to slow and weight gain becomes a bit easier while weight loss become a bit harder.
Estrogen levels decline a notch during menopause due to reduced activity in estrogen receptors that control how many calories are burned. It turns out that less estrogen translates into 50 fewer calories burned per day.
The solution to a lagging metabolism is simple enough. Apply the metabolic
pedal to the floor board and speed up the rate. Here’s how.
It’s All About Calories
Losing weight is about burning calories. If we consume fewer calories than we burn we lose weight.
Most calories are burned daily through the simple act of doing nothing. We expend energy to carry out basic functions such as breathing, cell repair, and the pumping of blood. As a matter of fact, about 65 to 75 percent of calories burned daily are eliminated while we are at rest. It’s nice work if you can get it! The trouble is that as we age our resting metabolic rate decreases by about 10 percent per decade after the age of thirty.
Therefore, short cuts aside, let’s explore a few avenues for pushing metabolism up a gear.
Adding muscle will help to burn calories. If five pounds of fat are replaced with five pounds of muscle, 20 extra calories are burned daily. It all adds up over the course of a year. In addition, 30 minutes of moderately intense exercise five days a week will burn away about 1000 calories per week.
Eat protein. Make sure you are getting a good amount of protein. Your body expends more calories digesting protein because it is the most difficult food source to break down.
Hydrate and rest. Drink plenty of water and get plenty of sleep.
If we do these simple things, we are on the way to more slim us.
Living life well-fed,
My Bariatric Life
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Published On: July 31, 2013