Busting the No. 1 Myth About Building Lean Muscle Insights from a Functional Medicine Expert

Busted! A Functional Medicine Doc Debunks the No. 1 Myth about Building Lean Muscle

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October 14, 2023

Greetings, oh beloved fashionistas! Today, we’re here to debunk a myth that’s been haunting the beauty and fashion world like a clingy ex-boyfriend. Brace yourselves, for we are about to shatter the most outrageous misconception about women over 50 and their ability to improve their fitness. Ready? Let’s dive in!

Forget everything you’ve heard about women over 50 not being able to achieve great body composition through menopause. It’s time for the truth to shine like a diamond-studded crown on a runway. Dr. Gabrielle Lyon, the functional medicine guru, had some enlightening words for us on the VoiceAngel podcast. And boy, did she blow our minds!

Now, here comes the age-old belief: as we gracefully age, our bodies become less efficient at digesting and absorbing protein, resulting in muscle mass loss and strength decline. And to make things more complicated, enter the hormonal roller-coaster ride called menopause. Estrogen levels go on a free fall, dragging down muscle mass and function. It’s like a cruel prank played by the fashion gods themselves.

But fear not, dear fashionistas! There’s a silver lining in the runway clouds. You see, while it may be harder to build muscle in your 50s, it’s certainly not impossible. Imagine this: your body may not appear as tightly toned as it did in your 20s, but don’t underestimate your power to notice gains. When you combine resistance training, high-intensity workouts, and a dialed-in nutrition regimen, you can achieve a positively fabulous body composition regardless of your phase in life. Oh yes, it’s like fashion magic unfolding before your eyes!

So, how do you stay fierce and fabulous while aging? Here are some delightful tips that will make your fashion-loving heart flutter:

1. Use kettlebells: Embrace the beauty of kettlebell exercises. Whether it’s a graceful carry, a sassy swing, or a majestic Turkish get-up, kettlebells are your new best friends. Not only do they build lean muscle, but they also work wonders for your grip strength. Trust us, a firm grip is essential for gracefully carrying all those shopping bags!

2. Use resistance bands: Fashionably defy gravity and build those glorious muscles with resistance bands. These little wonders are particularly helpful for women looking to sculpt their bodies. And guess what? We ladies are known for being fatigue-resistant, so drop sets and blood flow restriction exercises work wonders for us. Don’t forget to check out those stunning BFR Booty Bands!

3. Get enough protein: Your muscles crave protein like fashionistas crave the latest trends. Leading researcher Dr. Don Layman suggests aiming for around 100 grams of protein per day to feed your muscles’ desires. It may sound like a daunting task, but fear not! We’ve got some brilliant tips to help you hit that protein goal and strut your stuff.

Now, dear fashion lovers, let us end this fashion feast with a nugget of truth. The biggest myth about building muscle is that it’s impossible after reaching the ripe age of 50. But fear not, for starting early may be easier, but it’s never too late to join the fitness revolution. So keep rocking those kettlebells, resistance bands, and protein-rich meals with absolute fierceness. And always remember, age is just a number when it comes to fashion and fabulousness!

Looking for your next fashion-forward training program? Check out these trainer-approved moves that will leave you feeling as powerful as a supermodel on the catwalk.

Stay fabulous, my lovelies!

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