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You've Retired, But Your Metabolism Shouldn't

Written by Susan Fox, Health Writer

One of the reasons that you don’t hear the “Retired” word any more whenever AARP is discussed is that the organization realized that most people are not retiring at age 50, when they are eligible to join.

In fact, many of us are not officially retiring at traditional retirement age, either. 

We might be “semi-retired,” working part-time, volunteering, or maybe we just love working and never want to slow down.

But our metabolism does slow down, regardless, and so we do have to work even harder to keep muscle mass.

By the age of 40, we need to eat 100 calories less per day just to prevent further weight gain. It’s true that the rate at which the body uses energy affects our ability to cast off pounds, but there is good news. It’s never too late to improve our metabolic age.

Even if we eat the same as when we were younger (which we don’t) and are as active as when we were younger (which we aren’t), it’s clear that our metabolism has changed over the years and so should our diet.

Metabolism Boosting Foods

Generally speaking, foods that boost your metabolism are high in lean protein. Protein-rich foods are the best choice for pumping up metabolism because the body uses more energy to digest them.

Fifty grams of protein daily is a good quota for an average adult, but many could benefit from having more. 

One super-easy way of adding more protein into the diet is by drinking Almased’s low-glycemic high-protein (LGHP) shakes and smoothies. Each serving adds 27 grams of high-quality multi-sourced protein and is perfectly balanced with a low-glycemic index of 27 and a low-glycemic load of 4.

The Almased formula comes from Germany, where it was specifically developed to activate metabolism in overweight patients. The side effect of reducing unhealthy body fat has become the main reason many people use Almased today.

Other recommended dietary sources of healthy protein include:

Whitefish – like cod, snapper, halibut, and grouper are low in fat and rich in micronutrients like selenium, vitamin B-12, phosphorus, and magnesium. Fatty fish such as salmon, trout, sardines, herring, and anchovies are rich in healthy omega-3 oils. 

White-meat poultry is rich in protein and low in fat - so long as the skin is removed, and it is not deep-fried.

Lean red meats – Pasture-raised or grass-fed beef is a good choice.

Beans, peas, and lentils are excellent sources of plant protein. They’re low in fat, high in fiber, feed beneficial bacteria to the gut, and are also shown to reduce the effects of metabolic syndrome.

In the unsweetened powdered form, peanut butter is a convenient and tasty protein option, particularly when added to Almased recipes, such as the Peanut Butter Banana Bowl, and the ever-popular PB&J Shake

Nuts and seeds come with protein and healthy fats, improve heart health, and help reduce appetite. Nutrients in Brazil nuts such as thiamine, L-arginine, magnesium, and selenium can affect the metabolism to help burn fat. Brazil nuts may even improve cholesterol levels in healthy people.

Whole eggs are a good source of protein, as well as vitamins and minerals. Recent studies have shown that regular consumption of two eggs per day may improve your body’s fat profile. However, if you’re going for weight loss, consider that egg whites are low-calorie (about 17), fat-free and contain the bulk of the egg’s protein. 

Dairy products such as cottage cheese, yogurt, and milk are excellent sources of protein, provided you choose low fat.

All this push about protein doesn’t mean that carbohydrates and fats are the bad guys. Use good healthy fats like walnut, olive, and flaxseed oils, but 2–3 tsp daily is plenty. 

The body needs good carbs with fiber, which are found in whole foods, such as whole grains, fruits, and veggies. Refined, sugary, or processed carbs are best to avoid.

But don’t give up all desserts or food that you love – it won’t work anyway! 

Reset your sweet-tooth over to treats like a baked apple sweetened with a date, many flavors of chia seed puddings, dark chocolate dipped fruits, and Almased's endless dessert smoothies – such as Cinnamon Apple PieChocolate Cherry Love, or Carrot Cake

With prudent portioning, these natural fiber-full desserts are good for you!

How to Boost Metabolism After 40

At any age, most of us want to enjoy better health and supercharged energy levels. But after age 40, 50 or 60, losing fat and maintaining an ideal weight doesn’t just “happen” without some kind of push.

Let’s get straight to the point. If you’re having a hard time achieving your weight loss goals, it’s going to take some tweaking to get where you need to. The easiest way to do this is by using Almased “your way.”

Just like one size does not fit all, diet and fat loss programs should be adjustable for anyone’s goals – including age, how much weight you want to lose, and how quickly or leisurely the pace to achieve it.

Knowing how to boost metabolism can be as simple as snacking on a delicious Almased shake every day. Safe weight loss can be as fast as you choose by drinking an Almased shake in place of a regular meal 1, 2, or 3 times a day.

And most importantly, Almased helps maintain your weight loss when the diet is over. There's no denying the need for change.

A big part of successful long-term weight loss must include changing the eating habits that work against you. 

Change may be as simple as preparing foods differently, such as no more deep-fried anything. Or letting go of unhealthy sugary drinks and sweet fruit juices. Perhaps lower-fat versions of some of your usual foods, such as going lighter on sauces and salad dressings?

Be creative with your changes, keeping in mind that something different has to occur to achieve lasting results. Check out the benefits of the Almased low-glycemic high-protein diet here.

Almased developed a helpful guide called The Figure Plan Plus to help people of all ages outwit a slower metabolism. 

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