Do you feel years older than your actual age?
Do you look older than your actual age?
You may have recently seen the “How to stay young” program on BBC1 shown on 28 September and, like the people involved in the experiment on aging, you may be worried about how you are aging. Whilst most people are concerned about how their skin is looking and how their hair or their body may be changing, not so many think about how their metabolic age, which may be a lot older than their biological age, is being affected due to lifestyle and diet.
Metabolic age is calculated using your basal metabolic rate (BMR). Your BMR is calculate using your age, height, weight, gender and activity level to establish the approximate number of calories you would burn in a day in order for your body to function when at rest.
The more lean mass you carry, the higher the BMR and the lower your metabolic age in comparison to someone with the same variables in age, height, weight, gender and chronological age but with more body fat.
During the TV program, three people, one of whom had type 2 diabetes and another with a metabolic age 40 years more than his chronological age, saw amazing improvements over a 12 week period. Admittedly, this was with undertaking major changes in lifestyle as well as in diet. However, making small changes and doing so gradually over a period of time can make a tremendous difference to health and wellbeing!
If you would like to find out your metabolic age and get some guidance on how to change your diet and lifestyle, take charge now and get in touch!