3) Hormones

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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 Flaxseedss (Linseeds) Sunflower Seeds and Almond meal. Every day I find a way of including some LSA in my diet.

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Often I will use my Nutri Bullet (IMHO the world’s best blender) to whir up a smoothie of frozen blueberries (also great for your prostate if you’re a bloke) water, fresh (not UHT) apple juice or almond milk, some organic gelatin (for my gut health) and three generous teaspoons of LSA. I also take a magnesium supplement for the same reason. I added this when I hit that mid-life zone and have found it very effective.

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 and send your body instructions to store less and energise more is to carry more muscle mass. Building muscle mass through resistance training causes your body to process more of your food for energy and burn more of your own body’s fat stores. At 54 this is the journey I’m on right now.

Writing a book is not good for physique or posture. So I am back in the gym working to improve my physique, posture and muscle mass…

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This is me on Day 1 (May 22nd 2019) Though my goal isn’t a weight goal I’ll just log that on Day 1 I’m clocking in at  a waking weight of 77.7kg. I’ll keep you posted…

June 28th – Day 38 – Weight has not altered significantly. – a waking weight of 76.9/77.0kg. But the distribution is beginning to alter with more muscle mass and definition in my upper back, cheat and shoulders and more stamina – which means more of my food and/or fat stores being made available for energy. Will keep you posted.

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