3) Hormones


In mid-life a bloke’s hormones shift. Hormones are the chemical compounds our bodies construct at the brain’s instruction to carry various sets of instructions. A “spare tyre” and an altered body shape are often the result a hormonal shift that occurs in mid-life. (Incidentally, I believe that in the West hormonal influencers in our diets are producing specifically middle-aged type weight gain in more and more young people today. I am increasingly seeing this in Australia. Growth hormone in the food chain is also a concern.)

One of the simplest and healthiest ways of managing the kind of hormonal shift that is normal to mid-life is to moderate your intake of high starch foods and add some LSA to your regime. LSA is ground Flaxseeds (Linseeds) Sunflower Seeds and Almond meal. Most days I find a way of including some LSA in my diet.

Another pattern of mid-life is that the body’s metabolism slows. The processes which translate into energy are altered and decide to store more and energise less. The best way to counter this effect is to send your body instructions to store less and energise more. So in my mid-fifties I have made an adjustment to my weekly exercise regime. The last 12 months has been difficult with the gym out of action. So I have begun every day before breakfast with a sprint on my bike around the suburb, up and down the hills. I then have a high fat, high protein breakfast. Am also beginning to introduce some resistance exercises again on the multi-gym half submerged by kids’ toys in a corner of the garage!

Through the day I have also reduced to near zero my intake of processed sugar, starch, grains and dairy. This has made me feel less bloated and has trimmed 3 kilos in the last 2 months.


Approaching 56

Thanks to the patterns I describe on this page and my mid-life adjustments, as I approach 56 I am 14 kilos / 2.25 stone / 31 pounds lighter than when I was 37!