Did you know that from Halloween to Christmas the average American gains 8-10 pounds? Well, it’s no surprise when we have three holidays focused around eating within a 90-day period, or make it four holidays if you count New Year’s too! Sure, making smart food choices is always going to be helpful. Yes, going to the gym consistently can make you leaner and stronger. But what about your internal system running the whole show? If your lymphatic system or adrenal glands get burned out due to environmental stressors, poor food choices (i.e. Halloween candy), or excessive use of stimulants, your body won’t be functioning in optimal condition, and that IS going to put a hamper on your upcoming holidays.
Adequate protein intake is vital to anyone seeking to preserve muscle mass, especially since the aging process threatens the loss of all that hard-earned muscle through a process called sarcopenia. Sarcopenia causes a loss of muscle mass and strength in all individuals as they age, even in die-hard gym addicts.
Most of you have likely figured out that there is no secret “Fountain of Youth” out there located in some far away land, where a quick dip will suddenly return you to the glory of your early 20’s. In addition, trust me when I tell you that there are no “magic bullet” supplements, herbs, or drugs that can visibly transform you from the Burger King into King Leonidas without shedding a little blood, sweat and tears.