Metabolism changes may be different from what we know

In recent research, assumptions about people’s energy expenditure have been challenged, including the idea that metabolism slows with age.

Many people think that once they hit a certain age, their metabolism will slow down, making them gain weight and never be able to lose it. 

They may choose to give up on exercise and healthy eating in favor of ice cream sundaes and fast food burgers. However, researchers discovered that there are four distinct periods of life in terms of metabolism. 

According to the findings of Pontzer and an international team of scientists published Aug. 12, 2020, in the journal Science, metabolism changes differ for all people during four different stages of life.

  • During infancy, metabolism is at its peak, increasing until 50% above the adult rate.
  • From age 1 to about age 20, metabolism gradually slows by about 3 percent a year.
  • Then, from age 20 to 60, it holds steady.
  • And, after age 60, it declines by about 0.7 percent a year.

It has been a very surprising discovery that metabolism does not start declining again until after the age of 60.

And even then, there is only a slowdown of 0.7% each year. A 90-year-old requires 26% fewer calories than someone in midlife does.

The interesting part, there is no evidence to suggest that adults’ metabolism slows after they turn forty or through menopause. 

On aging gracefully

Your idea of metabolism changes may be wrong since it holds steady from age 20 to 60. And you still can live the best life as you age.

Here are some ways to boost your metabolism, promote healthy aging and still enjoy your favorite foods. 

Mindful eating

As a master certified transformational nutrition coach specializing in emotional eating and weight loss, I have learned a lot about mindful eating and its importance to reach weight loss goals. 

Several studies have demonstrated that the work and long-term results of mindful eating practices have been incredible. 

Check out my blog: 4 Secrets You Didn’t Know About Mindful Eating


We all know that regular aerobic and anaerobic exercise is good for our health. 

Even 30 minutes of moderate exercise five days per week improves virtually every aspect of metabolic health. 

Also, perform muscle-strengthening activities help to keep muscle and bone integrity, improve balance, coordination, and mobility.


Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is essential for your physical and mental health. It also plays a significant role in keeping your skin healthy.

The amount of sleep you need depends on your age. The average adult should sleep seven to eight hours every night.

Not only does this improve your overall health, energy and productivity but also contributes to weight loss.


Reduce your stress

Stress management is another important factor for overall health and good metabolic functioning. Adrenals being the stress regulator, working hand in hand with other hormones that regulate your hunger, satiety, metabolism and more.

Part of my program is optimal wellness. I provide nutritional and lifestyle recommendations for coping with stress, depression, and chronic fatigue. 


Work-Life Balance

Healthy lifestyle habits will help you be more productive at your job and achieve a greater inner balance between your mind and body.

Prioritising yourself and adding self-care practices to your daily life, can be beneficial to your mental, emotional and physical health.


Maintaining a healthy body weight increases your chances of preserving metabolic function, reducing your risk for many chronic conditions, and keeping your functional independence even when getting to your golden years.

If you have concerns about your health, are having trouble feeling good about aging, or are concerned that you are not aging well, let me know so i can help you find a program that’s right for you.

The fact is your body will change as you get older. The key is to stay informed and be ready for whatever comes your way. You can schedule a free call with me by simply clicking here.