6. You Can Age Proof Your Abs
After age 30, each one of us experiences metabolic slowdown and tend to gain, on average, a half pound a year. Why? Most of us continue eating the same number of calories, but burning fewer. In men most fat lands on the belly; in women on the hips and thighs. By late 30s though, a woman experiences fluctuating levels of estrogen and progesterone change where her body stores fat – and more of it goes to her middle.
The solution for both sexes; eat less, exercise more, or both. Aim to eat about 200 calories less per day and burn 250 more calories through exercise after you turn 30. These small, achievable changes will help balance things out. Another age-related factor: After age 25, we all lose, about a half pound of muscle each year unless we step up strength-training routine. Since muscle burns more calories (35 to 45 more per pound) than fat. If you lose a half pound of muscle, your body will burn 7,200 fewer calories a year – which equals an annual weight gain of more than 2 pounds a year. What does that have to do with your abs?. Research at Ball State University in Muncie. Indiana, found that exercisers who followed a six-months strength and cardio programme saw a 12 per cent drop in abdominal fat. Strength-training is also known to boost metabolism. Your best bet for staying strong and slim is to lift weights two or three times a week for at least 20 minutes.