One of the most favorite ways to avoid work­ing on your­self is to blame age for your prob­lems.

Find out whether you can lose weight equal­ly effec­tive­ly at 20 and 40 years old or is your metab­o­lism no longer the same?

What is metabolism?

Metab­o­lism is the work that cells do every day, every minute. There are about 37 mil­lion cells in the body, each of which is like a small fac­to­ry. Dur­ing move­ment, a cer­tain amount of calo­ries is burned, but most of it is used as fuel for the con­tin­u­ous func­tion­ing of cells and organs.

Metabolic rate

The devel­op­ment of metab­o­lism can be divid­ed into four stages.

  • Metab­o­lism reach­es its peak in the first year of human life. At this age, a child burns calo­ries 50% faster than an adult.
  • From one year to 20 years, the rate decreas­es by about 3% per year.
  • From 20 to 60 years of age, metab­o­lism reach­es a plateau, remain­ing unchanged.
  • After 60 years, it grad­u­al­ly slows down — by about 0.7% per year.

Scientific research

Research con­duct­ed by Her­mann Pontzer sug­gests that metab­o­lism does not slow down until we reach about 60 years of age.

How­ev­er, beyond and beyond this age, the body’s capa­bil­i­ties are not lim­it­ed.

In their work, sci­en­tists ana­lyzed meta­bol­ic data from 6,421 peo­ple from 29 coun­tries, rep­re­sent­ing a wide range of walks of life. After birth, ener­gy expen­di­ture increased sharply dur­ing the first year of life, decreased steadi­ly from 1 to 20 years of age, and remained con­stant until age 60. There were no dif­fer­ences between men and women. Of course, these data assessed aver­ages.

Energy costs

Ener­gy expen­di­ture varies great­ly among indi­vid­u­als depend­ing on many fac­tors. There are genet­ic and med­ical aspects that make weight loss more dif­fi­cult for some peo­ple than oth­ers.

How­ev­er, the wide­ly held belief that metab­o­lism declines in your 20s, 30s, and 40s is not true, at least accord­ing to this study.

Body capabilities

Of course, the aging process does bring its share of prob­lems into life. How­ev­er, any­one can get in shape and improve their health at any age.

Whether the goal is weight loss, mus­cle gain, over­all health, strength, endurance, or any­thing else, we have all the nec­es­sary tools at our dis­pos­al.