When does your Metabolism slow down?

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I think it varies with each individual. For me I have to say my metabolism seemed to sit at a high pace for a long long time. It was not until my later 30’s or even my early 40’s that I found I could no longer eat whatever I wanted whenever I wanted and not gain a pound. Those were the good old days.

I read an interesting article that actually explained your metabolism and compared it to a furnace. It said that the faster your metabolism is the better your internal furnace is running. Thus you are burning more calories. It also explained how the type of foods you eat can also affect your metabolism. So if you are not eating properly and your furnace isn’t working well you are not going to burn as many calories and the end result will be weight gain.

Some of the foods found to increase the metabolism include fish, fruits, and vegetables. The best fruits would be blueberries (those also help with the brain power) and tomatoes. Any dark green leafy vegetables are also know to increase metabolism. Fish which are high in protein and healthy omega 3’s. Drinking enough water is also extremely important.

Another factor is our age. Yes there are phases that we go through as women that hinder our fat burning furnace. The dreaded menopause or pre-menopause. The decrease in certain hormones like testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, they all affect our metabolism. Unfortunately our muscles begin to weaken and get smaller. That would explain why I can’t seem to build much more muscle and cannot get the pump I used to get. I am right there in the midst of all of this. Just trying to maintain is what I’m doing.

With that said it is extremely important to add exercise to your daily routine and more importantly, strength or resistance training. Don’t worry about bulking up, it is not going to happen. Since muscle cells do burn more energy than other cells, the more muscle you have the more calories you’ll burn even at rest. If you’re in your 40’s or 50’s like me you have probably noticed it’s just not that easy to put on muscle anymore. You probably aren’t’ going to be able to keep doing the same thing you did in your 20’s or 30’s and get the same results. Bottom line is you are going to have to work harder to get even close to the same results.

So eat right and change up your routine in the gym or get outside and exercise. Your body will thank you for it.

Health & Happiness! Janet   2012-05-05 15.38.39