It is often challenging for aging humans to lose significant body fat stores, even when following a low-calorie diet, restoring youthful hormone balance, ingesting fiber, and aggressively exercising.
A missing link for successful long-term weight loss is failing to boost resting energy expenditure, i.e.,to burn off stored body fat while at rest.
Resting metabolism by far accounts for the largest total number of calories burned. As a matter of fact, about 70% of your total energy requirement comes from basic life processes within the organs of the body. About 20% of your energy requirement comes from physical activity and another 10% from digestion.
To succeed at sustained weight loss, most of us need to increase our resting metabolism to youthful levels. If we don’t, weight loss is definitely an uphill battle.
Take the quiz and see if a slow resting metabolism is one of your weight gaining mechanisms.
|Questions to Determine Your Level of Resting Metabolism||YES||NO|
|Is it difficult for you to lose even a few pounds and/or do you plateau quickly after losing just a few pounds?|
|Have you been diagnosed with low thyroid (hypothyroidism)?|
|Are you over 50 years old?|
|Do you gain weight easily, like 5 pounds or more after just a couple of days of splurging?|
|Have you lost muscle mass?|
|IF YOU ANSWERED WITH …||THEN TRY …|
|0 Yes ? Normal metabolism||Keep up the good work!|
|1?2 Yes ? On the verge of slow metabolism||Lifestyle suggestions|
|3 Yes ? Mild case of slow metabolism||7-Keto? DHEA*|
|4 Yes ? Moderate case of slow metabolism||7-Keto? DHEA + Green tea extract*|
|5 Yes ? Severe case of slow metabolism||7-Keto? DHEA + Green tea extract + Cayenne or Fucoxanthin*|
- Exercise, exercise, exercise. If it’s been a while since you worked up a sweat, start slow. Work toward the goal of walking 10,000 steps every day.
- Resistance exercises that tone and build muscle are probably the best method for raising your resting metabolism.
- Eat several small meals throughout the day. Basically, feed your engine!
7-Keto brand is a registered trademark of InterHealth N.I. U.S. Patent 7,199,116.
*The appendix provides descriptions and average doses of each nutrient.