Have you found that the foods you ate without care in your 20s and 30s now stick to your body like glue mainly in your midsection?
The good news: The solution to a strong body at 40-plus is no farther than your fridge.
As promised, here is my second tip in my #metabolicmakeover series…
Metabolism Makeover Dial Mover #2: Eat healthy, protein at every meal and follow a #moderation365 way of eating!
Protein-rich foods support calorie-burning muscle mass.
Each time you eat a protein-rich food—say, a piece of fish or cheese—your body goes to work, breaking it down into smaller particles called amino acids involved in a process called muscle-protein synthesis; a process your body uses to build and maintain muscle mass.
When you eat too little protein for too long, your muscles start to shrink, eventually causing your metabolism to take a nosedive.
In simplest terms, keep tabs on your protein sistah especially if you are dieting, because studies show that calorie-conscious dieters tend to cut back on protein first when they should be doing the very opposite!
How should you do this? =Spread out your total daily protein intake evenly, aiming for 20 to 30 g at each meal and snack.
=Eating protein at breakfast is especially important to turn your “muscle building” switch on after a night’s sleep.
=Vary your protein sources. Diet variety provides nutrient balance. Experiment with vegetarian sources of protein such as tofu, lentils, or beans. When you opt for animal protein, moderate your high-fat sources such as regular ground beef, bacon, whole milk, or full-fat cheese.
Not sure how to get in a protein-rich breakfast or snack?
Give this yogurt parfait a try! It’s delicious!
Top 6 oz organic plain 0% Greek-style yogurt with 1/4 cup organic granola, 1/4 cup blueberries, and 1/2 cup sliced strawberries.
Approximate Total: 238 calories 20g protein, 31g carbs, 5g fat
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