When you were still in your teenage years, it’s easy to wolf down fast food, candy bars, pizza, and bagels without thinking twice—because you know it won’t impact your weight. Now, even if you’re a hardcore vegan, you still struggle to lose those extra pounds. Why? It’s likely because your metabolism takes a dive over the years and ultimately affects your waistline. Now that we know what happens inside the body, here’s how your calorie-burning mechanism transforms over the years and what you can do to keep it working at its best.
In Your 20s…
Your Metabolism Peaks
Most of people benefit from their highest basal metabolic rate in their late teens to early twenties. Some hit it earlier, others later, which has a lot to do with genes, though activity level also plays a major role. After all, playing on intramurals, hoofing around campus, and doing gym classes burn more calories than sitting in an office.
But It Won’t Last Long
By late twenties, many have noticed that it seems impossible to eat the same things they used to without gaining weight and that weight loss is no longer as easy as it once was. Since this drop in the metabolic rate starts right about the time people settle into the (largely sedentary) workforce , your office job can be one of the things to blame.
In Your 30s…
Pregnancy Can Be Both Good and Bad for the Weight
If you decided to have a baby, pregnancy can give your metabolism a boost, but not enough to allow you to double your normal diet. While you need to eat for yourself and for your baby, remember that the baby is only a coule of millimetres in size, so you don’t need that much extra calories.
Breastfeeding Can Help
A huge calorie-burning power in your 30s comes from breastfeeding. The average woman who’s nursing her infant can expect to burn an extra 500 to 1,000 calories each day.
In Your 40s…
Your Hormones Significantly Decreases
During this age, your body prepares for menopausal stage, and your levels of progesterone, estrogen, and human growth hormones decrease; unfortunately, your metabolism also follows. That means you will need to focus on reducing your calorie intake to maintain a healthy weight.
Building Muscles Is a Necessity
Although this should be necessary at any age, at the age of 40 and up, your body’s natural decline in muscle mass sets in. To fight muscle loss and keep your metabolism at its peak, you really have to focus on strength training. While any exercise will burn calories, strength training provides the biggest boost in your metabolism after a workout session.
Taking care of your body and health should be practiced at any age. However, knowing exactly what your body needs according to your age allows you to reap the best benefits you can actually get from being mentally and physically fit.