How to Speed Up Your Aging Metabolism

Published:August 11th, 2011

Aging causes your skin to wrinkle and sag. It can also gray your hair. But do you know that your metabolism also slows down as you age?

According to John Hopkins Medicine Health Alerts, after reaching the age of 30, metabolism tends to slow down by 2 percent with every passing decade. The reason for this is the gradual loss of muscle mass, one of the primary burners of energy within the body. In fact, betwwen the age of 20 and 90, more than 50 percent of the skeletal muscle mass deteriorates. This is particularly noticeable between the age of 50 and 70.

What is the significance of lean muscle mass? As mentioned earlier, lean muscles are one the biggest burners of energy within the body. Thus, with the reduction of leam muscle mass, fewer calories are burned. In time, with slower metabolism, age related weight gain ensues. This phenomenon is particularly pronounced in women past their menopausal period.

So, the question is this: How can I possibly speed up my aging metabolism?

Eat your breakfast. Breakfast wakes up your sleeping metabolism. It sparks the process back into life after the state of overnight rest. Thus, if you try skipping your breakfast, you are trying to let it rest more than revving it up back to life. Furthermore, staring yourself can actually make you eat more on your next meal.

Eat more frequently. What?! No kidding. If you want to increase your metabolic rate then try to eat more frequently. Why? Small, frequent feedings every three to four hours or so can keep your metabolism on the go. As an added bonus, eating smaller, more frequent meals feels more satisfying than eating the same amount of calories in three regular meals.

Lean protein, please. According to John Hopkins Medicine Health Alerts, by using protein as one of your primary sources of calories, your metabolism can speed up. Do you know why? Your body uses more calories for burning proteins compared to the amount of calories you use to burn the same amount of carbohydrates. Proteins can also make you feel more satisfied a little bit faster, resulting to fewer amount of calories consumed per meal.

Don’t forget to have your regular exercise. Regular physical activity causes your metabolism to be continuously on the go. This may be in the form of bicycling, brisk walking, danging or swimming. In fact, having around 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise all throughout the week can actually prevent weight gain.

Do some resistance training. Lean muscle mass loss happens with normal aging. To counteract this normal deterioration of your muscles, try doing some resistance training. Work with weight and machines to build more muscles. The more your build your muscles, the lesser are your chances of having lean muscle mass loss.

Have enough sleep. Believe it or not, not having enough sleep can actually cause you to gain some weight. In fact, lack of sleep can stimulate you appetite, causing you to take in more calories than you actually need.

Keep moving. People who tend to stay in one place tend to burn lesser amount of calories compared to those who move around a lot. Constant movers burn more energy compared to those who chose to watch TV or sit in front of the computer all day long.  Tip: Try walking around if you have nothing to do. By doing so, you will be burning more calories compared to sitting all throughout the day.

Speeding up your metabolism can sometimes be challenging. But with these helpful tips, preventing weight gain can be possible despite your advancing age.


John Hopkins Medicine Health Alerts: Your Aging Metabolism — Tips on Revving Your Metabolic Motor

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