It seems my metabolism has slowed a lot as I’ve gotten older, Is there a way to improve it to help lose weight?

A: It is true that our metabolism slows with age, and that’s because the mitochondria, the cells’ energy factors, slow down as we get older. But there are other factors that contribute to metabolic changes and the tendency to keep weight on the older we get.

One of the primary causes is a reduction of muscle mass that occurs with age. The greater muscle mass a person has, the more efficiently he or she burns calories. That’s why older adults are encouraged to include weight-bearing exercises and resistance training in their workout routines. More exercise in general will not only rev up your metabolism,  so you burn calories more efficiently. It will also help you burn more calories, period. Face it most of us aren’t as active at 65 as we were at 25.

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