Staying "revved up" is tough. Does your metabolism slow with age? I'm about to turn 52 and it seems it's harder to stay motivated than when I was half this age. LOL! Thanks!
Yes, as you age your BMR( basal metabolic rate) will slow down for many reasons. one of the main reasons is due to the fact that as you age you are likely to lose lean muscle mass from inadequate protein intake and lack of exercise. when your body does not have enough protein and calories your body will “eat” your own muscle for fuel. Muscle is the most metabolic tissue in the body(meaning it requires a lot of calories to to be maintained.) So this means that the more muscle you have the more calories you burn every day.
Okay, so how do you maintain or increase your muscle mass? In order to build or maintain muscle i suggest eating about 1g of protein per lb of bodyweight (so if you weight 150 lbs you would want to eat 150g of protein per day.)
But this isn't enough. in order for you body not to canabolize your muscle you need to give it a reason to keep it around. this reason is weight training. when your muscles are put under the stress of weight training, it tells your body that it needs it so it won't “eat” it. i suggest weight training 3-5 times per week 45-60 minutes.
Another great bonus of weight lifting is that it slows osteoporosis. By putting stress on the muscle, tendon, and ligament it puts stress on the bones which tells your body to keep them strong. ( more detail on this in another post)
Tony isn't a licensed nutritionist yet, so he can't give anyone advice on what to do. Please consult your doctor for his professional opinion on a diet/nutrition program that will work for you.
Tony's blog is a journal of his experiences and what has worked for him. He lists general guidelines and suggestions only. He is NOT a professional.