Since writing this article I have revisited the topic of eating and metabolism. At the time of writing I thought that eating more frequently could boost your metabolism. However, after further reading I have realised that my initial assumption was wrong. For the full details you can read my up to date article on how eating affects your metabolism.
As you age it is likely that your metabolism slows down and we need less calories. You therefore need to compensate for this or you will gain weight. Below are a number of suggestions to help you do this:
1) MAKE SMARTER FOOD CHOICES:- You should consider eating a healthier diet as you age. When you are young you can get away with unhealthy binges, but as you age it starts to catch up with you. By sorting out your diet you will both improve your body’s health and reduce your waistline. To start, replace bad goods with better ones. For example, eat whole grains instead of processed foods, reduce your intake of sugars and simple carbohydrates and instead consume more fruit and vegetables.
2) PORTION CONTROL AND EATING FREQUENCY:- You do not just need to manage what you eat but how you eat. The first step is to reduce your portion sizes. You also need to eat more frequently. Eating five to six smaller meals a day is more effective than eating three large meals a day.
3) EXERCISE:- Exercise is an important aspect of boosting your metabolism, especially as you age. If you do not exercise you will gain weight and also lose the proper functioning of certain muscles. You therefore need to get active, even if this means small walks or basic stretches to begin. If you have not exercised for some time, make sure you go and see a doctor for advice so that any health problems can be accounted for in your exercise plan.
As you can see, keeping your metabolism high will require lifestyle changes as you age. However, by making these changes you can combat a slowing metabolism. The better your overall routine, the better you will look and the healthier you will be.