So what’s a big reason why people gain weight as they age? -Poor metabolism. Studies show that overtime someone who does not strength train loses half a pound of muscle each year. That means over a ten-year period 5 pounds of muscle is lost. We know that muscle tissue has a positive effect on our metabolism, and as adults age and age, muscle tissue atrophies because there is a lack of resistance training and or challenging activity. Muscle tissue has a big effect on resting metabolic rate.
Dr. Wayne Westcott Ph.D. states that it is important to realize that muscles are the engines of our bodie . He explains that our muscles are where combustion occurs, where energy is released, where power is produced, and where movement originates.Muscles have long been recognized as key factors in physical performance and athletic achievement, however strength training has a much greater application by having a major influence on both our physical and mental health.
According to the ACE Health Coach Manual:Metabolism is made up of:1. Basal metabolic rate – the amount of energy required for vital, resting bodily functions without food. The more muscle your body has the higher the basal metabolic rate so strength train to burn more calories.· 60 -75% of daily energy needs
Every person, whether apparent to themselves or not, falls into one of these three categories: weight loss, weight maintenance, or weight gain. So metabolism is a very important word when it comes to our body weight. Many people wish to have a speedy metabolism, leading to a more lenient food intake or to speed up a weight loss goal. Our genetics have an impact on how fast or slow our metabolism is, but there are different things we can do to increase our metabolism.
More often than not, people are searching for fat loss. That is their goal. Sometimes the word “fat” can be a little harsh to some. Thomas Cox, the founder of MealFit, says, “The worst thing we’ve done as a society is label someone as a macronutrient. We literally call people fat.” Fat is a harsh term because of what we have made it to be. Now people prefer the term “weight” as in a goal of weight loss. Weight can be a number of things. Fat is fat. So we need to d
Are you unable to make progress despite your spot on nutrition and active lifestyle? Are you stressed? Stress can cause irregular levels of Cortisol which is why we call it the "Stress Hormone". Did you know that irregular Cortisol levels can effect things like immunity, appetite, energy levels, metabolism, maintenance of muscle tissue, and weight loss?
Everybody get older. It’s a common experience and one that can be depressing to think about at times, but there’s no escaping it. There are, however, ways to age successfully, even into your 80’s and 90’s. Successful ageing is healthy ageing. It is possible for most of us to maintain a very high level of physical function throughout a long lifespan but we should be aware of what we’re up against.
If you enjoy eating spicy foods you're in luck. Besides being delicious, spicy foods have been shown to increase metabolism. That doesn't mean you can cover your junk food in hot sauce and make it healthy. Just eat healthy and add a little spice to it. Better Body, Better life!
My younger sister recently asked me for some help losing weight. She had joined a local gym and was exercising almost every day. She had lost a little weight initially but was not getting the results she wanted. When I asked her about her gym routine she said she was spending 30-45 minutes on the elliptical trainer, followed by some core and arm exercises. Sound familiar?
So many women today are so fearful of “bulking up” and becoming “too muscular” that they oftentimes avoid the weight machines, barbells and dumbbells completely. Women feel more comfortable and less intimidated using the cardiovascular equipment and you can usually find the majority of the females in the gym running on the treadmills, biking on the recumbent bicycle or striding away on the elliptical machine.