This happens to be a common question I get asked about!!! ‘I had the kids and over the years, and I have struggled to shift the weight” !!
It can be quite frustrating for a lot of people. This is clearly one of the unfortunate realities of getting older that, as we get on in life, it is much harder to keep the weight off.
At one stage, one could get away with weekend overeating and binges at 20 or 30. After that, it seems as if every bite finds a place on the body as one progresses into the next few decades of life.
The fact is we need less energy (calories) to survive at 50 than we did at 30’s or even 40’s and this decreases as we get older !!
So the big reason is down to our Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) which is influenced by our lean body mass, sex, age, hormones, etc. and how much energy is needed by the body to function, based on the fuel we give it. Ultimately, as we get older, our metabolism slows down, which is impacted by our BMR. This does not mean we cannot influence it to a degree.
Gone are the days when adults actively hunted and walked for miles, searching for food to put on the table. Today, more and more adults live sedentary lifestyles and would only need to click a button to get food, use of ‘Drive Thrus’ etc. Therefore, standard calorie intakes would need to be reduced. One major solution is to take in food and drink that are highly nutritious and less calorific, including foods that will increase lean muscle tissue. In addition, carry out exercises that will impact on strengthening muscles and a person’s BMR more effectively. There are other ways to boost one’s metabolism effectively.
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