If you have a naturally fast metabolism, you know what a gift it can be in terms of helping you lose weight, or simply maintain your already healthy body weight. So when it starts to slow as you age, it may come as a shock how much more difficult it can become to keep a trim and energetic body. The changes that occur in your body with age are normal and nothing to be worried. Be prepared and facing the shift in your metabolism won’t feel as frightening.
Here are 7 ways to keep your metabolism up to pace as you start to age:
Focus on diet
#1. Try to keep it clean
It’s becoming more and more popular to try and ‘eat clean.’ But what does this phrase actually mean? When you break it down to its most simple point of reference, what lies behind it is the need to cut out all processed foods from your diet. Take a moment to think before quickly answering that it will be easy. Processed foods are actually a common staple in most diets.
Whether it is jarred pasta sauce or your weekly chocolate bar, cutting processed foods all together is a big shift.
Prepare by stocking up on even more fresh ingredients to compensate for your loss.
#2. Boost your fiber and protein intake
You’ve likely heard how important both fiber and protein are in maintaining a healthy diet. The truth is, there is more to it than simply the healthiness of the options. Both fiber and protein are harder for your body to break down, which means that your metabolism has to put in extra work. As you get older, you want your metabolism to keep as sharp as possible.
#3. Drink like a fish
Water, that is. You may think that reaching for a glass of water when you feel thirsty is sufficient, but actually you need to be proactive in staying hydrated. Never let yourself reach the point where you feel thirsty because that means that you’re already dehydrated. Your body runs on water in order to function properly. Keep a big bottle with you and sip throughout the day.
#4. Don’t overeat but don’t ignore hunger
Feeling hunger is the enemy of maintaining a healthy body weight because once you let that sensation rule, it means that your body is already in panic mode. Don’t try skipping meals in order to shed pounds. Instead plan your days well and ahead of time. You want to be eating small meals frequently throughout the day for optimal metabolism operation.
Change of lifestyle
#5. Follow strategic workouts
If you’re the kind of person who tends to stick with just one type of exercise, it’s time for a big change. Your metabolism needs variety in order to stay on its toes. Try different types of exercises regularly, and make sure to alternate between higher and lower intensities within your routine.
#6. Use your muscles
Strength training is another helpful way to keep your metabolism moving. You can keep weights at home so that you have access to them at all times. Take advantage of your morning and lift your weights then. The effects will help your metabolism all day long.
#7. Sleep like a baby
To function properly, your metabolism needs to be operating with enough energy. As you can guess, this energy comes from getting sufficient amounts of sleep. Set your bedtime and try to stick to it. Create an environment that will super comfortable for you to fall and stay asleep in.
These are the best ways to keep your metabolism in check as you age. If you see that you still have significant trouble losing or maintaining weight, it may be wise to ask your doctor to check your thyroid.
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