Are You Calorie Aware?

If you are older than 40, it’s important to know that your metabolism has slowed down effectively burning less calories than you did as a youth.

Most people are not actually aware of just how many calories are eaten each day or just how many of them get burned up through body processes and activity levels.

Those individuals who are age 60 or older also lose muscle mass and as most of us know muscle mass helps us to burn calories. Without muscle mass, we add poundage to our frame when we eat more than our bodies need.

Men and women who are in their fifties burn 4 to 8% more calories than men and women in their 60s.

Individual who are 40 years of age or older need to be more careful about how many calories they consume each day and more diligent about being able to burn off what we do not need.

If you find that you are gaining weight, make changes now such as increasing your daily activity level, or eating fat-free or light products. Watch portion sizes and drink more than eight 8-oz glasses of water a day.

When counting calories don’t forget to count the calories contained in beverages, condiments, and of course desserts.

Is Your Metabolism Slowing Done

Oh well, I guess you already realized this but those of us who are older than 40 know that our metabolisms have slowed down. This means being able to burn less calories than we did in our youth.

It doesn’t help that most of us are not actually aware of just how many calories we take in each day or just how many of them get burned up through body processes and our activity level.

If you’re age 60 or older, there’s the reality that you also lose muscle mass. Muscle mass helps you to burn calories. Without muscle mass, it easy to put on pounds to your frame when you eat more than your bodies need.

Men and women who are in their fifties burn 4 to 8% more calories than men and women in their 60s.

If you 40 years of age or older, you have to be more careful about how many calories you consume each day. You also have to be more diligent about being able to burn off what you don’t need.

If you find that you are gaining weight, make changes now such as

• increase your daily activity level
• eat fat-free or light products
• watch portion sizes
• drink more than eight 8-oz glasses of water a day.

Also, remember to not “drink” too many calories. Plenty of calories are contained in beverages, condiments, and of course desserts. I’ve tried to make it a habit of drinking water at most meals and never drink sodas anymore (except a very occasional Root Beer). Another tip is to start sharing desserts or only taking a few bites and leaving the rest (I know how much will power that takes but you can do it)!

The link takes you to a Web MD Site that has lots of ideas on eating better for your age and metabolism.

Green Power to Increase Boomer Energy

I’m working with a fabulous group of women led by Vicki White iin planning my 2010 goals. One assignment is to try Vicki’s suggested Green Smoothie drink. Well, I’ve been on it for only two days and I’m sold.

This is a great detox program. A green smoothie includes fruits and vegetables blended together. The whole point is that the vegetables are pulverized providing you with their full enzyme, nutrient value. I’ve been using distilled or filtered water and adding some yogurt in my smoothies too.

I already feel increased energy and the detoxing is working! I’m on the way to the gym pretty soon (Curves actually). I didn’t have much energy last week so I’m taking advantage of this great feeling.

I’m really impressed with a program that includes information on body detoxing and health to assist you to set new goals. Without your health all the goal planning in the world isn’t going to do much good.

Unfortunately a lot of Boomers start to peter-out in the energy area; I know a lot of low-energy boomers. Learning about how to increase the intake of fruits and vegetables is a basic way to better mid-life nutrition. Boomers, take control of your nutrition and increase your energy too in simple yet effective ways.