The other day someone commented on a post I had made about metabolism, and they said that it slows as we age. While I’m sure that it does to some extent (only because I’ve been told), I have to wonder if it slows because of what we do to our bodies, or if no matter what it naturally slows.
The average person loses a certain amount of muscle every year. Less muscles mass means a lower metabolism.
The average person doesn’t work out though. Fitness is not part of the average lifestyle in America. In addition, soy is a heavily relied upon product in the the average American diet. Soy raises estrogen levels affecting metabolism.
My question is simply this. Does metabolism really slow because it’s natural, or does it slow because of our healthy (or lack there of) habits.
If we maintain lean muscle, even gain lean muscle, if we eat good foods, if we exercise, how much does metabolism really slow?
I’ve seen countless guys with big old bellys say “Yea, when I hit 28 my metabolism dropped and I gained weight” as if they had nothing to do with it. It’s a scape goat, it’s a cop out. Oh it’s just my metabolism, I cant do anything about it.