We have all been lead to believe that our metabolisms steadily decline as we age, and this is the reason we are prone to both put on weight and begin developing associate health problems as a result. Stop Blaming Your Metabolism.
More recent research, however, indicates that we may not be able to blame all of our health woes on waning metabolism. A paper published in Science found that our resting metabolism stays virtually the same from ages 20 to 60, and then declines at a modest 1% per year thereafter.
This tentatively removes any excuse for expanding waistlines or lethargy as we age, and this is actually a good thing. It means that the power to stay healthy and enjoy vitality is largely within our grasp, and that factors such as diet, exercise, and other lifestyle factors might be even more important than we already assume them to be.
The most critical factor, of course, is likely diet.
Interestingly, we have been told we are all eating too much––too much sugar, too much salt, too much fat, too much processed food. There is probably some validity to that, as processed foods are often packed with calories. In other words, it is easy to overeat if you are consuming processed foods. But this might paint an incomplete picture.
Other research has suggested that from a metabolic perspective, not all calories are created equal. In one study, participants who ate a low carbohydrate diet lost more weight while consuming an average of 300 calories more than the control group.
So perhaps it is not just that we are eating too much, but too much of the wrong things. Or, just the wrong things in general.
Enter The Kaufmann Diet. The Kaufmann Diet is an anti-fungal diet that eliminates carbohydrates and sugar (because these potentially feed yeasts and fungi), and foods that contain mold poisons that can wreck our health. Inherently, it is a low carb diet, but it also addresses any sort of potential fungal or yeast problem in the body. Interestingly, however, many of the problems we associate with our so-called “lowering” metabolism––like carrying too much weight, lack of energy, brain fog, etc.––often resolve effortlessly for those who spend any time on the diet. This is achieved without paying much attention to how much people eat––only what they eat.
It is possible that underlying yeast and fungi are behind some of these perceived metabolic problems all along. And perhaps, eating the wrong foods has more to do with these problems as opposed to how much you eat.
Certainly, if you feel like you have low energy, or are carrying excess weight, it is important to get other lifestyle factors like exercise and proper sleep dialed in. But changing your diet might be the biggest factor to avoid the problems we blame on age-related metabolic decline.
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