Managing Your Metabolism
control usually involves finding the right balance between calories
in and calories out. But research also suggests the way your body
burns energy may be just as important.
through the ages
You shouldnt have problems yet. Most people in their twenties
have strong bones and a high metabolism. This is the time in life
when you should develop a regular exercise regimen. You wont
These are the early warning years. Most people feel their metabolism
start to slow down. This is the time when many people begin to add
weight, especially if they dont exercise regularly. The percent
of lean muscle tissue tends to decrease and fat increases. At this
point, It's a good idea to measure the amount of lean muscle tissue
you have compared to fat (muscle
vs. fat) rather than rely on your BMI
as an indicator of general health. Watch out as your thirties are
critical in maintaining an ideal muscle vs. fat ratio.
Women experience a reduction in fertility, hormones and metabolism.
Men and women can expect to see a five percent decrease in their
metabolic rate or BMR
Women experience menopause, which may result in hot flashes, mood
swings and the risk of osteoporosis
as bone density decreases. Metabolic rate continues to decline in
men and women. Now is the time to really pay attention to your exercise
regimen. According to the National Institutes of Health, exercise
is considered to be the most effective antiaging treatment ever
For most people, weight gain levels off, which is welcome news.
But this is the time when some people experience thyroid issues.
Its also important to get your cholesterol checked annually
and keep up with your exercise program. The metabolic rate or BMR
continues to slow. Regular exercise can mean the difference between
an active or sedentary life.
- Don't starve yourself -- it causes
your resting metabolic rate to drop.
- Exercise longer. Only after 30
minutes of intense exercise does your body begin to burn stored
fat for energy.
- Choose high-energy exercise, such
as walking, biking, cross country skiing, swimming or step aerobics.
- Vary your workout. Try changing
your routine every six weeks.
- Eat a good breakfast.
- Avoid alcohol and smoking. Both
inhibit the burning of abdominal fat.
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