As we pass 35, the average person loses 1 pound of muscle/year. A pound of muscle burns 50 calories. Let’s advance 20 years to age 55– lose 20# muscle – 1,000 less calories being burned! If you continue to eat the same, the fat comes on and usually in the ‘belly area’; the unhealthiest area to gain weight!
That was my story. In fact when I was tested ten years ago (age 48) I was actually 45% body fat. A woman should be at 20-25% body fat; I clearly had a problem!
Excess body fat means less muscle and poor posture due to a lack of muscle to hold the body upright. I had already shrunk an inch in height! My mom has shrunk over five inches; as a naturapathic doctor, I knew I had to change this forecast or live out the pattern of my family.
I began the journey of trying everything I knew that could address body-fat. I even began to exercise! Now that was a sight to behold! The first day I got on our recumbent bike, I rode all of 30 seconds (yes, seconds not minutes!). That put me in bed for 3 hours – what a scary place to start.
I had a perfect, organic diet; exercised, worked with professionals, used supplements. Over the next six years I lost 35 pounds. Imagine my disappointment and frustration when my body fat was still at 44%! I had lost weight, but not fat! I was simply a smaller dump!
End of December of 2010, I started the Body by Vi 90 Day Challenge. I made one change – my protein shake – and kept the rest of my routine intact. Imagine my surprise when I dropped 10 pounds and 3 jean sizes at the end of my challenge!
Usually it takes a 10-20# weight loss to drop one size. A pound of muscle takes up the space of a tangerine and a pound of fat the space of a grapefruit. I had lost fat, gained muscle, gained a half-inch in height and I felt amazing!
If you are battling the middleß–age bulge, take a moment and check out my pictures and story at www.lifestyleforhealth.com. Then join me on a 90 Day Challenge that can change your life as it has mine!