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How to Increase Metabolism for Seniors

author image Susy Sedano
Susy joined LIVESTRONG.COM at its inception in 2008. Focused on all things food, fitness and health related, her daily contributions as the LIVESTRONG.COM community manager is an asset to the site and the millions of community members. She has a M. A. in Clinical Psychology.

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How to Increase Metabolism for Seniors
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As you get older your muscles tend to decrease in size, fat increases and your metabolism begins to slow down. When you have a fast metabolism, keeping off that extra weight and staying slim is an easy task, but as you begin to age and your metabolism decreases, weight loss becomes more difficult to achieve. As a senior, there are several lifestyle changes you can make to improve your metabolism, but check with your doctor before making them.

Step 1
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Perform an aerobic exercise such as walking, running, swimming or cycling. Exercise decreases your amount of body fat and increases your lean muscle mass, which enhances your metabolism.

Step 2
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Consume vitamin C, vitamin B, green tea and ginseng to increase your metabolism. If your body lacks even a minor amount of just one vitamin, your metabolism can slow down.

Step 3
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Eating several smaller meals, consuming five or more meals throughout your day will keep your metabolism running and help you feel fuller longer, preventing you from overeating.

Step 4
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Eat complete proteins, vegetables, fruits and healthy fats with each of your meals. Seniors tend to eat less and sometimes eat too many unhealthy foods due to time and convenience.

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