Have you ever wondered why you weren’t gaining weight when you used to be able to eat whatever you wanted?
Hello, this is Eunice from Diet Center.
It may have a lot to do with your metabolism. You may ask, what does that mean? Metabolism is all the processes that take place in the body that turn the food we eat into energy for the body to use.
These processes include locomotion, breathing, thinking, heartbeat, and more. The amount of energy your body needs and uses has a big impact on your weight. As we age, our metabolism begins to slow down. The reason people’s metabolism slows down is because our bodies lose muscle as we age.
As you lose muscle mass, you need to cut calories. After age 25, you lose up to half a pound of muscle each year. In his 30s, his metabolism slows down by about 5% every decade. For most people, every 100 years he needs to consume about 100 calories per day to maintain his weight. The problem is that we keep eating the same or sometimes more. So as we age, we may burn more calories than our body can use and accumulate body fat. Leads to weight gain of about 6 pounds per year.
Exercise can build and maintain muscle tissue that burns calories. Exercises such as weight training and resistance training, also called strength training, involve using your muscles to push or pull against some force. The force can be weights, an exercise machine (such as a rowing machine), or gravity from your body (such as a push-up or pressing against a stationary object such as a wall).
Including resistance training in your exercise routine can help maintain and build muscle tissue, which can help prevent and reverse weight problems that result. . Therefore, it is important to maintain or increase muscle tissue. Muscle tissue is very metabolically active. Even at rest, your muscles burn over 25% of your calories. The more muscle you have, the more calories your body can burn even when you are not active.
No matter your age, your muscles respond to exercise in the same way as a young person, so keep moving. Helps maintain muscle and maintain metabolism.
Talk to your doctor before starting any exercise routine and talk to your trainer about proper technique and form.
Thank you for reading Diet Center’s tip of the week. If you’ve tried everything and nothing works, call 928-753-5066 or stop by the Diet Center at 1848 Hope Avenue in Kingman.