Metabolism Mastery

Tommy From Arizona Writes:

My greatest challenge recently has been losing the belly fat. I have been exercising and eating healthy for the last several years. My doctor says everything is fine. I am 56 and I feel like my body is not working the way it used to. My energy levels are down as well. Any thoughts?

Dear Tommy,

The fact is that our body does slow down some as we age. A few unique steps that are controlled by our daily lifestyle choices affect our metabolism. The way our body uses energy directly affects how our body handles shedding the pounds. Here are some basic triggers that can cause our metabolism to slow down and pack on the pounds, and what to do about it.

1.Our Eating Habits
We are what we eat. As we age we may think it is better to skip meals and cut back on the calories. The opposite is true. Our metabolism will actually slow down if we cut back. Multiple meals throughout the day is a sure way to get the body fat melting away. Never miss breakfast is still true today. Our metabolism thrives on the right amount of the right nutrients to fuel each day.

Stressful situations increase the release of cortisol in our bodies. This is our body’s primary stress hormone. We need it for certain situations, however, not 24/7. Constant release of this hormone will create excess belly fat, disrupt sleep patterns, and eat away at lean muscle tissue. Consider your lifestyle, relationships, and look at supplements like green tea extract and phosphatidylserine. 

Age does matter. Our cells don’t metabolize as well the older we get. However the one agreement for anti-aging in research is exercise. It is suggested to offset the aging process a person needs about 150 minutes of exercise per week. Although you can’t turn back the clock, you can slow it down. Aim for each major muscle group to be exercised twice per week.

A healthy thyroid, adrenal, and pituitary glandular system needs to been evaluated. The thyroid is a major aspect of the metabolism. Certain nutritional and environmental factors may contribute to the thyroid not working effectively. Blood work by your physician is a great way to see if there are any systems that are causing the metabolism to be affected.

Through numerous studies it has been shown that not enough sleep can be a culprit in the battle of the bulge. Poor sleep can cause the metabolism to shift and decrease the hormone balance. Make it a goal to get between seven to nine hours per night.