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In my last post I talked about our metabolism after 40 and promised to talk about what you can do about it.

So another piece to this metabolic puzzle is your body composition. Your body is composed of water, adipose tissue (better known as fat) and lean tissue, which is everything else (muscle, bone, hair, and other tissues).  

Your muscle mass is an important part of your lean tissue. In fact a majority of your body's machinery is composed of muscle, including many of your internal organs. The tiny engines of muscle cells are "metabolically active" because they require energy to perform their work. Muscles help you breathe, digest food, move your body, lift and carry objects and even stand upright.  

Not only do muscle cells require more energy to do their work, but it also takes energy to build and maintain them. Whenever you do a little more than your body is accustomed to, your body will build more muscle to accommodate the new workload. Building this new muscle tissue requires more fuel. It's like a factory; as the number of workers increases, the productivity or output goes up.  

Yes, you CAN actually increase your metabolism but don’t expect a supplement or pill to do it. The best prescription is exercise.

Next I’ll talk about why yoyo dieting has such a devasting effect on your metabolism and what to do about it.

Michelle May MD
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