Hormone Replacement Therapy Requires Eating Clean and Exercise in Order to Get the Full Benefits of Feeling Young Again
Most of us over the age of 40 begin to notice a change in our metabolism. What we did to lose weight in our 20’s and 30’s just isn’t working anymore. As we age physical activity decreases and we also start losing muscle tissue. We aren’t as toned as we once were and our midsection has seemed to gather more fat than ever before. Reduced libido and sexual function sets in along with depression, loss of drive, lack of self-confidence, increased irritability and anxiety. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) helps remedy many of these ailments but a lifestyle change is the key component in getting your life back to being healthy and happy.
Lifestyle change means changing your daily routine into a healthier and more active routine that remains a consistent in your later years. Diet and exercise are the two major factors that compliment Hormone Replacement Therapy. Optimizing all of our deficient hormones – thyroid, testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, and DHEA to levels we had in our youth is beneficial to both our health and quality of life. We must also clean up our diet and exercise regularly in order to improve our metabolism, reduce cholesterol levels, increase muscle mass, and decrease fat.
Cleaning up diet habits involves dedication and self-discipline. Getting rid of processed foods and increasing your intake of protein and vegetables must be a priority. Making healthy switches such as replacing white bread with whole wheat bread, switching out white potatoes with sweet potatoes, and white rice with brown rice are just a few of the major changes that must take place. Also, increasing the amount of protein in your diet helps to make you feel satisfied longer, increases metabolism, and helps to feed and build muscle. Vegetables need to be added into your diet starting at breakfast. Spinach, kale, broccoli, zucchini, squash, cabbage, mushrooms, and onions are just a few well known veggies that have an abundant amount of vitamins, minerals, and add valuable health benefits to your meals.
Knowing when to eat is just as important as knowing what to eat. Always start the day off with a protein rich breakfast. Breakfast gets your metabolism jump started and eggs are a protein rich food that needs to be enjoyed. So have an omelet and include the egg yolks. Add your veggies such as spinach, mushrooms, and onions to your omelet for extra healthy benefits. Try to eat every 3-4 hours throughout the day. This will keep your body continuously burning calories and speed up your metabolism. Pack healthy snacks such as almonds, cut up raw veggies, and fruit to eat during the day. Never eat fruit after 4:00 in the afternoon because you don’t want to spike your blood sugar levels as the day comes to an end. Also, try not to eat past 8:00 at night because eating late elevates your glycemic index and causes you to store fat while you sleep instead of burn fat while you sleep.
Working out consistently is just as important as eating clean. Try to get in 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of toning/lifting weights. Constantly mix up your workout routine to create muscle confusion. Your body needs to be constantly challenged and it will burn calories more efficiently if you change up your workout routine daily. Cardio can be walking on the incline on a treadmill, using the elliptical machine, rowing machine, or spinning. Lifting weights is vital to improving muscle tone and increasing muscle mass as you get older. Spend at least 30 minutes a day lifting weights to improve strength in all the major muscle groups: Legs, shoulders, back, chest and arms. The more muscle you build the more efficiently your body will burn calories and the more efficient your metabolism will be.
Aging is inevitable but looking and feeling old is optional. Hormone Replacement Therapy is the key to getting your body to function properly like it did when you were in your 20’s and early 30’s. Exercise and eating clean must go along with HRT in order to achieve the full benefits of the hormones that are being prescribed. Make working out and eating healthy be a part of your daily routine and reap all the benefits of feeling and looking young again.
Contact Savannah Age Management Medicine for a free evaluation to see if Hormone Replacement Therapy is right for you