Get fit in just ten minutes a day! Just take this pill and you will be thin in 4 weeks! Drink this and the pounds will melt off! Quit eating carbs! And so on and so on.
Stop!!!!!!! Today America is obsessed with getting thin but yet we are getting fatter!
Everyday you wake up look in the mirror and wonder how fat keeps growing in places it has never been before. If this is how you feel don’t despair.
What is happening to our bodies?
Beginning in our mid 20s women lose around 7 pounds of muscle and gain 15 pounds or fat every decade. (Men lose about 5 pounds of muscle a decade) So by mid-40s you have lost almost 15 pounds of metabolically active muscle and replaced it with 30 pounds of sluggish fat. (If you are not exercising) While the scale says you are only 15 pounds overweight your metabolism has been dramatically slowed down and your body composition has changed. (Unfavorable) This is the bad news. Good news is you can reverse the aging process with exercise.
Ladies I have a little more bad news. But don’t worry this can also be fixed.
Here is the bad news. After menopause the rate of muscle loss doubles so now you are losing 14 pounds of muscle a decade. By the time a woman reaches her 60s she can have as little as 20 – 30 pounds of muscle left her body. This makes a woman more prone to falls and breaking bones.
Muscle is what drives your metabolism. For every pound of muscle on your body you need 35-50 calories per day to sustain it. For every pound of fat you need only 2 calories per day. Hint: start strength training today!
Women are both blessed and cursed with the ability to store excess body fat. Fat serves and important of providing energy. Women store more fat than men because we are made to nourish and have babies.
Unfortunately we do not have control over where our fat cells decide swell of shrink but we can help our cells release fat by exercising.
In order for fat to be metabolized it must be released from the cell and be transported by the bloodstream where it is transported to the liver and other tissue for fuel. If you have more fat than muscle in your body you usually have poor circulation and it is harder for blood to flow through fat than muscle.
The less circulation- stimulating exercise we do the more our bodies are inclined to accumulate fat (it is also blamed on our diet.)
Ladies what this is saying in a nut shell is we need to move more, eat well and take care of the only body we have.
Decide that 2010 will be your year to become healthier, sexier, and happier!!!!!!!!
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