Many of us struggle with losing weight and we blame our slow metabolisms. In reality, metabolism is affected by basal metabolic rate, activity level and food thermogenesis. It’s a fact of life that our metabolism slows down as we age. A result of this is that we tend to gain weight, lose lean muscle mass, and replace that mass with fat.
So how do we combat a sluggish metabolism? First, strength train a minimum of 2-3 times per week, which will help you build muscle mass. Muscle burns calories even at rest! Also, increase the intensity of your cardio. Try to work out at a pace where it’s hard to talk. Get your dietary protein from high-quality sources. Also, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Finally, please eat enough. Starving yourself will not help you lose weight. In fact, your body needs a reasonable amount of calories in order to lose weight.
- Working out in a lot of different ways will help in the end.
- Eating better is the key to a lot of things, and adding protein to that as well.
- Drinking water sounds pretty simple, but it is something you have to do.
“Having a protective amount of fat is a good thing, especially when we hit an older age, which is why adults aged 65 and older are advised to maintain a BMI between 25 to 27, instead of the 18.5 to 24.9 recommendation for the rest of us.”