"Typically, both men and women start to lose muscle in their late thirties and early forties - about a quarter of a pound a year. Your lean tissue really drives your metabolic rate and we've seen that in middle age and in older individuals who start strength training -their metabolism goes up. And we know that metabolism in individuals who have more muscle is higher than in people who have less.
When a Woman diets without exercising, both aerobic and strength, the weight she loses includes 20% muscle mass, which is detrimental to metabolism.
So we try to combine reducing calories, improving the diet and stimulating the muscles to -even at rest - burn more calories. Through walking and other physical activities, we want to increase caloric expenditure. All of that goes into making long-term weight control easier. Nutrition and physical-strength building are a completely natural marriage. Without one or the other, you're getting half of what you need"
That quote was from Miriam E. Nelson, Ph.D. - Director of John Hancock Center of Physical Activity and Nutrition., Friedman School, Tufts University. She is also the author of books such as "Strong Women, Strong Bones", "Strong Women Stay Young", "Strong Women Stay Slim", "Strong Women Eat Well", and "Strong Women and Men Beat Arthritis".
So, its time for me to figure it all out. How will I start getting/fitting
I'm opening this for discussion. I know some of you are already good at this. Some of you have been reading this blog because you are good at the exercise part, but need help with the diet part - figuring how and what to eat. So, if you have some good suggestions of what works for you, please comment below. I feel confident one of you has the secret...help me find something I will enjoy.