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Bodybuilding at 30

Is 30 Linked to a Slow Metabolism?

Is bodybuilding at 30 a possibility?  People are always talking about how their metabolism slows down the older they get. Thirty is now looked upon as middle-aged. It’s obvious to see why. The average person lives to be roughly 70 years old in today’s “high-tech” way of living. With all this technology you would think people would live longer. That’s an entire different rant though.

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Bodybuilding at 30 Can Be Just The Start

Bodybuilding at 30 being correlated to a slow metabolism is not based on any evidence.  Donald Hensrud, M.D. at the states, “Is it possible to be overweight because of a slow metabolism?  Probably not. There is such a thing as a slow metabolism. But slow metabolism is rare, and it’s usually not what’s behind being overweight or obese — that’s ultimately a result of interactions among genetics, diet, physical activity and other factors.  Metabolism is the process by which your body converts what you eat and drink into energy. Even when you’re at rest, your body needs energy for functions such as breathing, circulating blood and repairing cells. The number of calories your body uses for these basic functions is known as your basal metabolic rate.”

Some Contributors to a Slow Metabolism Are:

  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Dehydration
  • Bad food choices
  • Inactivity
  • Overeating
  • Toxins

As you review the above, you can see that all of these factors can be altered to some degree to allow you to change your body from a fat storing unit to a fat burning furnace. The human body is resilient. It can repair itself from years of destruction under the right circumstances. However, the key is consistency.  So, if your goal is bodybuilding at 30, then there is more than enough room to make your dream into a reality.

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First-Time Competitors Over 30

If you think it’s too late to get fit, think again. I have many online clients who started working out and getting fit in their 30s and some in their 40s. This just goes to prove that it’s never too late and that 30 IS NOT midlife.  In fact, you reach muscle maturity at 30.  So, 30 is the peak for bodybuilding and competing.

Diane Matt competed in her first bodybuilding contest at 35.
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Michele competed in her first bodybuilding contest at 36.
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Sandi competed in her first figure contest at 38.
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These are just a few examples of beautiful ladies who finally decided to do what they always wanted to do.  So now that you know that it’s never too late and that you can repair damage, even at a cellular level. Let’s talk a little about how we can correct each of these areas to get you in the best shape of your life and if it’s part of your goal, get you on the competitive stage.

The First Attempt to Increasing the Metabolism

When bodybuilding at 30 and starting a new program, the first thing many people will try to do to increase their metabolism is supplement with the latest thermogenic. While thermogenics are fine in my opinion, it’s not the first and ideal way to tackle the dilemma. You should start by correcting the problem from the inside and work outward. Supplements are just that, to supplement. They can’t do the job by themselves. Just think of them a as motivator. They work better when everything else is in sync.

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The Best Way to Increase a Slow Metabolism

Increase Lean Muscle Mass

When you become less active and lose muscle mass, it will be much easier for fat to creep up on and it will seem to creep up overnight! Muscle tissue increases your metabolism and aids in burning body fat. Adding resistance training to your exercise program is a big step toward increasing your metabolism at any age.

Keep Active Consistently

Inactivity is one of the reasons many are so overweight these days. Many people become inactive as they get older. This can start as early as 16! Inactivity can also start after high school graduation, and in others it can start after a marriage. No matter when it happens, you must reverse this issue if you want to increase your metabolism and direct your body to burn more fat.  Do something each day to exercise the body via cardiovascular and/or weight training. As the ole saying goes, use it or lose it!

Stay Well-Hydrated

The lack of proper fluid intake can also be attributed to a sluggish metabolism. Many are very unaware of this. Water hydrates the cells to allow them to function properly and optimally.  A HUGE misconception of water retention is linked with increased water consumption. Drinking water DOES NOT cause fluid retention. A lack of proper hydration is one of the reasons many feel bloated and the fluid retention sensation.  Water helps to flush toxins, sodium, and fat out when your diet and exercise are in proper balance. Failure to hydrate your body properly can slow down your metabolism and hinder fat loss.

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Eat Small and Balanced Meals

It’s not a surprise that overeating is on this list. There are many reasons people overeat, extending from boredom to emotional issues.  Another reason people may tend to overeat is due to the many ingredients put into processed food many people relay on for “dieting.”  These ingredients are chemicals that make you hungry and addicted to the product, resulting in overeating. The more you crave their product, the more you buy and the more money they make. The food industry’s goal is not to make you healthy or fit. Their primary goal is profit. The dirty little secrets of the food industry keeps you at their whim unless you get educated and take action.

Make Healthy Food Choices

This can go hand-in-hand with overeating to an extent. Many people would prefer to look over this one and just focus on eating less and getting more active. However, this is a big aspect when is comes to your metabolism and overall health. What you put into your body has a direct effect on your health, including the rate you lose body fat and gain muscle.  If you are putting artificial foods that contain an array of chemicals into your system, your body cannot process them and they just sit your stomach and become toxic. These toxins build and build and before long they completely destroy your metabolism and overall health.

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Don’t Be a Toxic Dump

This is very important and I am going to put a lot of focus on this. Toxins seep into our bodies in many ways. We can receive toxins through our tainted water supply, the polluted air we breathe, chemically enhanced soaps and lotions, toothpaste, processed foods, pesticides, food additives, prescription drugs, the list just goes on and on.

These toxins get into your cells and make your blood pH level acidic. When you are acidic your body is not able to burn body fat or build muscle as it should. This is one on the main reasons people can’t seem to lose body fat no matter how hard they try. What’s worse is that people are becoming more acidic at a younger and younger age. On a separate note, this acidic condition is the leading cause of early aging and degenerative diseases.

If you want to lose stubborn fat, build lean muscle tissue easier and faster, feel better and look younger, you MUST detoxify your system. You have to get the toxic junk out of your body if you expect to lose weight, build muscle, and be vibrant. There is no other way around it. Once you detox your body, choose better food items and exercise you will be amazed at how quickly and efficiently you can lose body fat and build muscle.

But Can You Do It?

It’s all about what goes in your body and how much you move your body.  If bodybuilding at 30 is on your agenda, then you may want to see the offer below.


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