Aging and "slower" metabolism--myth or reality?

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    Jul 16, 2009 3:00 PM GMT
    It's one of those truisms you hear, that it's harder to lose weight when you get older, you have to work harder at it or diet more strictly because your metabolism is slower. But I'm not sure it's true, at least for me. I really haven't changed much about my dieting routine since when I was in my thirties and I pretty consistently get the same results at the same rate. So I was wondering if others have had the same experience.
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    Jul 27, 2009 9:43 PM GMT
    It's basically based on your lean mass. As we age, we normally become less active. Because of aging, you naturally start losing lean, body mass, unless you keep proactive.

    The more active and proactive you are at keeping lean body mass, the easier it will be to keep at your ideal weight/composition.

    Good luck!
  • Anto

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    Jul 27, 2009 9:52 PM GMT
    Yeah I'm not so sure how true that idea is. A lot of people stop exercising, even after high school, settling down, etc.

    It does slow down to some degree but I think it's greatly exaggerated in the way of how it affects a person by the fact that people in general have stopped exercising and being active in our culture and many others now.

    I also think that raging hormones in the teens is an exaggeration as well in terms of differentiating sex drive when younger versus older. I think it's more related to actual experience of sex that causes change in drive, if it happens.
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    Jul 28, 2009 2:51 AM GMT
    One thing I do notice, however, is that my recovery time from weights or heavy cycling is longer. I used to be able to weight-train every other day, and now I find I get better results every third day. The second day, I'm still sore and feeling it. Same with my cycling. In my thirties I could do a heavy ride and bounce back in a day, two at most, and now, I can still feel the fatigue in my legs the second day out.
  • Anto

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    Jul 28, 2009 6:40 AM GMT
    Yeah, it's not just metabolism that gets hit though, certain hormones get produced less than before as well, cells don't regenerate as quickly or as many as when they were younger, etc. It's mult-faceted, but still I think it's good to workout to maintain quality and health even if it takes longer to recover. icon_smile.gif