Men and Women who do not Strength train forfeit 5-7lbs of muscle each decade of adult life due to disuse atrophy. This loss of active lean tissue is largely responsible for a 3-5%metabolic rate reduction for each decade of adult life. Less muscle and slower metabolism lead to lower energy requirements, but if we reduce our energy requirements the body will still want to hold onto fat and use muscle tissue for energy. So what's the answer? The trend is to trick the body into thinking it's not starving by giving it plenty of nutrient-rich unprocessed foods and to start weight training at least 3 times a week. If you are worried about building big bulky muscles consider a weight training routine to at least maintain your muscle fibres into your older adult life. After all, as the saying goes if you don't use it you'll lose it!
For more information on how to start or maximise your strength training sessions, without them taking over your life, please feel free to book a Personal training consultation with me.
For your health,