Aging, are we meant to age or is this some new-age occurence? Aging is relatively new in the realm of human existence. Aging is pretty much the deterioration of the body (decreasing muscle tissue and bones, as well as organs), with decreased ability (reaction time). It is new because in evolution times, people did not live to see this old age or to experience aging. Once their performance slipped, they were dead. Now our technology exceeds us, so we have aging and we accept it to be a normal part of the human experience, something that is inevitable (which marketers take advantage of, since there is a large market for anti-aging products and people constantly getting proceedors to look younger). Are we meant to age, though? Some animals (like sharks and tortoises do not age, or if they do any decrease is so small that it goes unnoticed) do not age. And why is it that you can take two people who are the same age, yet look completely different ages? If we didn’t age, would we live forever? No, shit happens, which is why the 100-year-old turtle eventually meets its doom, but how long is the human life expectancy than? Some say the human life span should be between 120-160 years (Wow!); this puts to shame your little 100-year-old grandma. We just assume that when we get older we get wrinkly and weak. Old people look frail, right? What if aging didn’t have to happen or could be reversed through eating? Doesn’t that sound better and less risky than having someone cut up your face (which looks artificial and unnatural half the times anyways)? Like most things, being a fat-burner can help slow or reverse the aging process (just like it can be a preventative way of eating for diseases). We spend so much money on technology and medicine trying to ‘fix’ problems, rather than actually solving them. What you stick in your mouth matters. Back to the two people who are the same age (lets say 50), yet one looks 35 and the other looks 70, what is going on here? Well there are two types of aging:
- chronological: the number of years you have been alive, which is pretty much meaningless in the grand scheme of things (much like scales and weight loss are irrelevant in the world of body composition and scales).
- Biological: the deterioration or performance of the body. You’ve heard of 20-year-old soldiers from Vietnam, returning with 50-year-old bodies (a sign of what chronic stress can do to the body)?
The difference in the two people occurs when their biological age proceeds their chronological age (simply: they look older). So how does one keep their biological age from going up (we don’t care about chronological age or that number that you celebrate each year’s how you feel)? We have to balance reactions in the body. We need more anabolic (building) rather than catabolic (tearing down) reactions in the body. Therefore we need to balance hormones in the body that these, therefore we need to control what we eat (duh! doesn’t this seem to be a theme in most things involving health, so easy yet so overlooked!). Lipogenic and lipolytic, also key to balance. Lipogenic is what makes you fat and keeps you fat, and is linked to disease. Lipolytic, on the other hand, utilizes fat as fuel source, tapping into an unlimited energy source and prevents an accumulation of fat. Most have the adverse problem when they get older, where there more lipogenic (they get fatter). So to age ‘successfully’ we need to utilize lipolytic and anabolic. Hormones like growth hormone, testosterone and even insulin (when controlled by not consuming carbohydrates in access) have anabolic qualities. Glucagon on the other hand can have a catabolic response (so constant cycling of protein and absence of extra sugar keep its catabolic properties under control). Look at the post of hormonal eating from a few weeks ago for a more comprehensive look at hormones and eating like a fat-burner. Lifestyle of course effects these as well, here are some hints:
- SLEEP: like I’ve repeated over and over again sleep helps restore hormone levels. Put down your work or turn off the tv and get some shut-eye.
- STRESS: again I feel like I’m repeating myself. Chronic stress and cortisol can be anti-immunity, anti-testosterone, anti-growth hormone.
- Alcohol can have a negative affect on testosterone and growth hormone (plus is can stall the fat-burning mode)
- Love: a healthy loving relationship (not one full of antagonism) can reduce stress (therefore decrease cortisol) and promote growth hormone
- Exercise: can stimulate growth hormone and testosterone. Keep in mind, though, this isn’t one of those more is better things. More exercise can lead to more stress and more cortisol for the body.
I can sit here and right about this or you can try it for yourself. I see it. I see it in myself. I don’t feel like I look 51 and I sure as hell don’t feel that old. I look at my wife and head trainer Jeannine and they look younger than ever. When I see someone 5 years older than me, I know that I am not going to look that way when I get older. So which do you pick, spending a fortune on some nip’tuck or beauty products or change your lifestyle and eating so that you not only look better, but feel better. Promotion of anabolic is key! For more on our fat-burner weight-loss anti-aging programs check out our website at bodychange.net.