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After the age of 40, flab becomes an increasingly important focus of our diet and exercise programs. The average person over 40 loses about half a pound of muscle tissue each year, replacing it with a quarter pound of fat, flabby flesh.
During menopause, women lose about one pound of muscle per year, a pound that converts directly into fatty tissue. By age 55 (the new middle age), our bodies require about 600 calories less to maintain themselves than they did at age 40.
What all this says is that our bodies require far less nutrition as we age.
The answer to this problem is to keep our muscle tissue at a high level, even increasing it after age 40. Our exercise programs should still include a lot of strength training, but aerobics, or cardiovascular exercise becomes increasingly important.
As we age our proclivity to Type II diabetes increases dramatically.
In a recent National Institute of Health clinical trial, it was learned that even a modest amount of aerobic exercises goes a long way towards thwarting the onset of diabetes and heart disease
Cardio will also relieve arthritis symptoms, chronic fatigue and high blood pressure. Walking (not ambling) just twenty minutes per day can reduce the risk of hypertension by as much as thirty percent.
A Canadian study showed that 90 minutes of aerobics three times per week increased bone density and reduced back pain. The control group also evidenced a heightened feeling of well-being.
An additional benefit of exercises is longer and deeper sleep. Deeper sleep leads to greater production of melatonin and human growth hormone, the most studied anti-aging hormones made by the human body.
HGH has been shown to reverse the signs of aging, improving heart and lung function. Melatonin improves the immune system response and acts as a powerful antioxidant.
What all of this means to us is that as we age, we must not slacken off on our training and nutritional programs.
We must continue to train for strength and cardiovascular health, while eating a properly balanced diet of protein and good (natural) complex carbohydrates. Our caloric intake should be reduced as we age.
One medical group specializing in anti-aging, promotes the used of HGH and anabolic steroids to halt and reverse the signs of aging in older people.
This group, who now franchise their program, use as a "poster boy" a sixty-nine year old man who displays the body of a 35 year old bodybuilder below his smooth skinned face.
Though I don't advocate artificial chemical supplementation, there is a need for natural tissue-building materials in our nutritional program.
Protein supplements, natural muscle growth promoters and metabolic activators should be considered to stave off aging and flabby tissue.
The best way to avoid flabby bodies is to prevent the flab from forming in the first place.
If it begins to slip in, unnoticed at first, we need to modify our physical training to incorporate more fat-burning exercises. As our nutritional needs begin to change, we should alter our diets to meet the diminishing need for calories.
Keep in mind that over-reduction of our caloric intake may be counterproductive.
Cutting calories below our actual body needs increases the production of cortisol, the stress hormone that is directly linked to increased belly fat, studies show.
If you find that flab is forming despite your exercise regimen, you might want to consult with a nutritionist about a fat-burning program. Avoid a greatly reduced calorie diet in your efforts to lose the flab.http://www.goodmuscleadvice.com/burn-the-fat-feed-the-muscle