It’s Not Your Metabolism, It’s You.

10 Feb
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Ok, so is it just me or do others get ticked off when people tell them that once they hit a certain age they will get fat and that there is nothing they can do about it? It irks me like no other because to be quite frank, I never believed that just because you hit 30, 40, 50 or whatever, that you all of a sudden had to get fat. When I would balk people would automatically fall back on the good old, ‘Well you can’t do anything to prevent it because your metabolism naturally slows down’ that’s the part I always did believe to be true. Now I am almost 32, hanging tough around 118-120lbs, size 24/25 jeans, this is the smallest I have been ever, since I was a child, and yes I am proud of that and no, not in some warped, psycho way. When I tell people how old I am these days they tend to not go there with the whole gaining weight thing, I guess they can tell it’s never going to happen at this point in time. When I was heavy it was a lot easier for them to bring me down with them, to let me know it was ok and that I should just let it happen and deal with it. No Thanks. I will seek an alternative lifestyle πŸ˜‰

So whats the deal then? Must we all get heavy? Does our metabolism really just fail us as we age? I don’t know about that anymore because I am ‘older’ now and I can’t gain weight for ish. Not happening, I feel like my metabolism is through the roof to be honest and I have NEVER felt like this, not at 16, not at 26. So what gives? Really? What is the deal then? Well, it turns out that aging does not mean gaining weight and your metabolism does not have to turn into your enemy as you get older. All you have to do, to get your metabolism in your corner is increase the amount of energy your body needs to survive. Energy meaning calories. And the easiest way to do this is to work out, lift weights and add a good 5-10lbs of muscle to your frame. Each pound of muscle you add uses an extra 50 calories per day just to function, that adds up, do the math, with only 10lbs of muscle you are burning an extra 500 calories per day just by having muscle. This is not including all the calories you burn working out and just living. Sounds good right?

To get the most calorie burn you should gun for protein rich foods, the body breaks down and uses the calories in protein more quickly than other calories. It uses the protein before it attacks the calories to use in the fat and carbs that you eat. The truth is that our metabolism does start to slow down around age 25, we lose about 5-10% per decade and the average American will lose almost 50% of their metabolic power during their adult life. That is the reason why most American adults are over weight and tell you that you will be in the same boat one day. Now why? Why do Americans metabolic rates plummet so drastically through out their adult life? The answer is simple, no exercise and a sedentary lifestyle. Now if one does exercise they will only lose about 2% of their metabolic rate, 2% THAT’S NOTHING. Compare that to 50% and you will see why being fit and staying active is the Golden Ticket to staying slim, staying healthy and staying strong.

Along with staying fit, fueling your body with proper foods, getting enough sleep and taking it easy on the booze will help you keep your lean physique LONG after others have told you it is ‘all downhill from here.’ I for one, plan to be fit till the cows come home and now that I know I have no excuse I am very much looking forward to being fit at 50. What a blessing that would be πŸ™‚

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15 Responses to “It’s Not Your Metabolism, It’s You.”

  1. sweetopiagirl February 10, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

    Reblogged this on Inspiredweightloss.

    • Author February 11, 2012 at 10:50 am #

      Thanks for reblogging πŸ™‚

      • sweetopiagirl February 12, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

        You are welcome!

  2. corey February 11, 2012 at 3:19 am #

    For real!

    • Author February 11, 2012 at 10:52 am #

      Wow, thanks for agreeing.
      Someone told me off for this post yesterday so kudos to you for knowing what’s up πŸ˜‰

      • davebrown9 February 11, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

        Hey, I wasn’t telling you off. I was just trying to help you get your facts straight. You can obtain a copy of “Fit or Fat” by Covert Bailey over on Amazon.com for a penny plus postage. It’s got some interesting material.

      • Author February 12, 2012 at 7:22 am #

        I understand 100% what you said and are saying. And in part, I stand corrected. Thank you.
        See I was taught, that most people are not ‘fueled up’ properly before working out so they are not using the ‘optimal’ sources of energy and the body resorts to the protein for energy.
        True athletes go about this the correct way, eat properly the night before, be on a proper eating/sleeping/living plan etc.I know this, did it my whole life but lets face it, most Americans are not running, biking or doing anything super intense, nor are they eating well. We are lucky to get people to a gym for a walk on a treadmill. But hey even that’s a start πŸ™‚
        I guess I just generalized that most people will enter their work out with already depleted glycogen stores. This could be presumptuous and downright wrong in some situations but overall I don’t think it’s too off.
        But like you said, with a healthy diet things run smoothly, as they should.

  3. vegansparkles February 12, 2012 at 12:12 am #

    I love it! Well said!
    When I was approaching my 30th birthday, I got sooo many of those negative ‘it’s all downhill from here – say goodbye to your figure’ comments. It was so depressing and turned out to be completely untrue. Since becoming vegan, I’ve never felt better, and happily celebrated my 20 year high school reunion last night at the same weight as I was back then (55kg), YAY! Here’s to another twenty plus years of healthy living! πŸ™‚

  4. cyrah February 12, 2012 at 11:16 pm #

    much agreed! this fatalistic view probably does stand true for standard american diet followers because the stuff is just bad and does a number on the body regardless of age. a quick look into some slimmer nations and even a few decades back in our own national history (amnesiac that it is sometimes) reveals svelte figures at all stages of life. i’m always impressed by old photographs from my mom’s generation and even my grandmother’s where women with 3, 6, even 8 kids glowing and in shape as can be!

    • Author February 13, 2012 at 7:11 am #

      Ditto!!!
      I love watching movies from the 1970’s and 1980’s everyone is so thin, all the people in the background are thin it is really crazy. It is like we stepped into an alternate universe. That was on 30-40 years ago 😦

      • davebrown9 February 13, 2012 at 9:52 am #

        30-40 years ago people weren’t afraid to consume fat. The low-fat craze backfired because people substituted appetite stimulating carbohydrates for appetite suppressing fats. Worse yet, they substituted omega-6 seed oil products for healthy saturated fats. Omega-6s in snacks tend to release endocannabinoids which give a person the munchies. http://evolutionarypsychiatry.blogspot.com/2011/07/endocannabinoids-fat-and-rats.html

      • Author February 13, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

        I again read some REALLLLLY disturbing stuff about Omega 6’s the other day…
        Do you mind if I re post what you copy and pasted?

  5. davebrown9 February 14, 2012 at 2:00 am #

    I’m not sure what you mean but go ahead. In my opinion, the proliferation of omega-6 industrial seed oils constitutes a public health disaster of unimaginable proportions. Just Google “David Brown Omega-6 for details.

    Dr. Bill Lands is one of the foremost authorities on omega fatty acids. You can access a 23 minute lecture here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgU3cNppzO0

    Ray Peat is another important omega fatty acid expert; somewhat controversial to be sure, but well worth reading. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgU3cNppzO0

    Then there’s Susan Allport: http://www.susanallport.com/newsletter728511.htm

    Mainstream health experts are polarized on omega-6 issues. For example, the Harvard School of Public health recommends saturated fats be replaced with omega-6s to reduce risk of heart attack. http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/fats-full-story/

    I hope things get sorted out soon because the food supply could be considerably less unhealthy if the omega-6 content of manufactured foods were reduced. http://www.prweb.com/releases/david_brown/omega-6/prweb8933501.htm

    This last item is an Orlando Sentinel article my mom sent me back in 2003. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2003-09-28/news/0309270148_1_overweight-or-obese-women-were-overweight-south-africa Here are the comments about seed oils:

    “If you lived in a village or urban slum in China or Mexico or Egypt 25 years ago…Your diet was…based on rice or wheat products with possibly a few vegetables and/or beans and few condiments and no cooking oil. If you go back to those same villages or slum areas today…their diet includes a lot of vegetable oil…Some animal source products are consumed as well…their diets are much richer in fat…They often have replaced healthful water with calorically sweetened beverages. And they are often obese…Worldwide today, the number of obese people far exceeds the number of undernourished ones. This is a startling development that requires some explanation. What is happening to the diets of the world…the modern food processing industry…and other changes have led to diets that are much higher in fat and added sugar…they are more likely to consume sugared water in some soft drinks or fruit drinks and add a lot of vegetable oil to their dishes. And they consume more meat…animal source foods such as pork and poultry are way up, and the steepest increase is in the use of edible vegetable oils for cooking…edible oil is the most important ingredient in enhancing the texture and taste of dishes. The same is true for added sugar…there has been a most systematic sweetening of the world’s diet…sweetened beverages account for over half of the U.S. sweetener increase over the past decade, in other countries often it is sugar placed in baked and processed foods that lead to the sugar increase. The edible-oil increase is found throughout Asia and Africa and the Middle East as a major source of change.”

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