If you’ve felt like your weight has been creeping up over the years even though you haven’t changed your eating habits, you’re absolutely right. As you age, your metabolism slows down, which means that you need to consume fewer calories to maintain the same weight. Fortunately, you don’t have to be the victim of age-related metabolism changes. Hormone therapy and medical weight loss in Boca Raton can jumpstart your metabolism and help you reclaim your body. Here is what you need to know about metabolic changes and what you can do about them.
Metabolism in Your 30s
In your 20s, most people reach their peak level of metabolic functioning. That all changes in the your 30s. Most people experience a subtle shift in their muscle mass that can lead to big changes for their metabolism. During your 30s, you are likely to naturally lose a small amount of muscle mass each year, and because muscle helps to keep your metabolism firing, the lost muscle means a slower metabolism. Changes in hormone levels, particularly human growth hormone, during your 30s can also contribute to a slower metabolism. Fight back against weight gain by adding more weight training to your workout plan and by talking to you healthcare provider about hormone replacement therapy.
Metabolism in Your 40s
Most people notice a drastic change in their metabolism in their 40s. Hormone levels begin to go significantly haywire, while muscle mass continues to decline. Weight gain is common, even without eating more. This is because your lower metabolism means that you need fewer calories each day to maintain your weight. Focusing on a diet rich in lean protein, cutting back on sugar, and adding even more strengthening exercises can help. During your 40s, starting hormone replacement therapy can help you get your metabolism back in balance.
Metabolism in Your 50s and After
Women in particular experience metabolic changes during their 50s, when menopause usually occurs. Men also tend to experience a dramatic drop in testosterone, which can significantly reduce muscle mass and slow down the metabolism. Hormone replacement therapy can be the key to reducing a range of aging symptoms, including slowed metabolisms, in your 50s and after.