GAINING WEIGHT? IS IT REALLY YOUR SLOW METABOLISM?
Many people blame their weight gain on a slow metabolism. But is this the reason why we gain weight or even struggle to lose those unwanted pounds? Unfortunately no, unless you have a health condition that prevents you from doing so.
As we age, we naturally lose muscle mass which leads to a lower BMR – Basal Metabolic Rate (calories you burn at rest), so ideally we would want to adjust our calorie intake accordingly, meaning eating a little less. But do we really take care of this by consciously eating less? Probably not.
A great and healthy way to tackle this is by increasing our muscle mass! By doing so, we can increase the amount of calories we burn daily – increased BMR as discussed above. In the process of gaining muscle mass, you will also burn additional calories during your workouts.
In general, as we age we become more sedentary, which means we burn less calories daily. By increasing our NEAT (non exercise thermogenesis) through some subconscious movement we are able to burn extra calories. That’s probably where the old saying “Move More” comes from – and it works! Simple things like walking a bit more, gardening, cleaning the house and being more active in general are key things to help us increase our NEAT.
But as healthy as those activities are, they’re not enough to build muscle mass. So head to the gym and start lifting some weights! In addition to a higher BMR, resistance training is essential for strong bones, therefore less risk of developing osteoporosis, better quality of life, improved posture and of course a shaped up body. If you’re not sure where to start, hire a fitness training professional or personal trainer that will design a routine that works for your fitness level avoiding the risk of injury. Safety is just as important as exercise execution to achieve the results you desire.
Ladies, don’t be scared, you will not get big. Muscle shapes the body whereas excess body fat spoils the shape. Read one of our recent articles on how weight training is important for women – click here to read this important blog post.
So, do you really have a slow metabolism or is it your lifestyle that slows it down?