Many people are familiar with the idea that once you enter your 40s, everything in and outside of your body starts to go south. Our metabolisms begin to slow once we reach the tender age of 30 years old. The good news is that your metabolism doesn’t slow down that much. Most of the significant weight gain that happens in your life happens in your mid-life, also known as your 40s and up. However, new studies are showing that this weight change has very little to do with your metabolism.
The real truth is that as we get older, we tend to become less active. While this may seem depressing, the good news is there is something we can do about it. Before getting into the solution, let’s talk about what your metabolism really is and how it works.
How Your Body Burns Energy
The resting metabolic rate, or the rate at which your body expends energy while at rest, is determined by a number of different factors. These factors include age, weight, height, sex, and the genes your parents so kindly passed on to you. Unfortunately, there’s very little you can do to change this resting rate.
Aside from the resting rate, our bodies have three distinctive phases of calorie burning. Most often these are the phases people are referring to when they talk about boosting your overall calorie burn. For example, when people say spicy food burns more calories, or that certain workouts boost your calorie burn more than others.