Sarcopenia is the decline of skeletal muscle tissue with age. Are diet and exercise the only things that control the muscle & weight factors in the human body?
Dr. Apovian, the author of The Age-Defying Diet and The Overnight Diet: The Proven Plan for Fast, Permanent Weight Loss, says. "But a major reason for middle aged weight gain is the natural muscle loss we all experience, " "The amount of lean muscle mass we have is the primary determinant of metabolic rate. In other words, the more muscle mass we have, the more calories we will burn. Our muscle mass naturally begins to decline around age 30, and that process, called sarcopenia, accelerates around age 40. Unless something is done to actively protect and build up that lean muscle mass, our bodies will require fewer calories, our metabolisms will slow, and the lost muscle will be replaced by fat."
What you can do to limit the process?
Exercise, Increase Overall Dietary Protein, Up Omega-3s, Hormone Balance, Vitamin D, Increase Anti-Inflammatory Foods, Decrease Pro-Inflammatory Foods, Watch Alcohol Intake, Quit Smoking