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Our Metabolism at age 40
copyright 2006 by Greg Landry, M.S.

 

 

 

 

Once we get to a certain age, a lot of us simply sit back and wait for the pounds to add on. We are all aware of the fact that middle age means excess weight and hectic lifestyle, but do we know why? Why is it that when we reach age 40 our metabolism shifts from properly functioning to “it might as well not be functioning”? This is a question that lots of people, especially women, battle with on a daily basis.

The fact is that our metabolic rate slows down by 5% for every decade past the age of 40. If our body burns 1,200 calories per day while at rest at the age of 40, at the age of 50 that number will decrease to 1,140 calories per day. Also at the age of 40, our lives become much more active than ever before. We can no longer spend all of our time on ourselves, exercising and pampering our bodies. By this point, majority of women have families and their own needs get pushed aside. This is means no more time for physical activity and no more time to prepare your own weight loss meals. All of these factors can easily contribute to excess weight.

Another reason why our metabolic rate slows down at the age of 40 is because we start to lose our muscle. Women lose muscle mass twice as fast as men and this impacts their weight gain tremendously. Loss of muscle means less calories burned. Everyone knows that muscle helps us burn calories, even while at rest. So when we lose our muscle our ability to burn calories diminishes greatly. These are just a few reasons why our metabolism suffers after the age of 40. However, it is important to remember that there are many ways to boost our metabolism naturally.

 

 

 

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