Want to know the secret to burning more body, balancing your blood sugar, looking younger and even living longer? No, it’s not the latest juice cleanse, fad diet, supplement or even injection – it’s increasing your amount of lean muscle mass, and doing that can be pretty simple when you know how.
The amount of lean muscle mass you have is the key driver for your metabolism, the more lean muscle mass you have, the more efficient your metabolism. Additionally, lean muscle mass also contributes to a healthy blood sugar balance, a more youthful appearance and even promotes longevity!
However, as we age the amount of lean muscle we have decreases (this is called sarcopenia) and reduce as much as 3-5% after the age of 30. In women this loss of muscle mass is also expedited by the changes in our hormones during the menopause transition (perimenopause, menopause and post menopause), as our estrogen levels decline so does the stimulus on our muscles to strengthen and grow. Additionally, the presence of estrogen (specifically estradiol, the form of estrogen we produce pre-menopause) can mediate inflammatory stress that can break down muscle tissue. Low protein diets, increased stress levels and poor quality sleep can also increase the rate of the breakdown of lean muscle mass.
As part of our Anti-Aging Wellness program we take a deep dive into the biomarkers that reflect your metabolic health, as well as testing to see how your biological age (the age of your body) correlates to your chronological age (how many birthdays you have had). From these results we create a personalized nutrition, supplementation and lifestyle program to help you increase your lean muscle mass, boost your metabolism and reduce your biological age.
We also recommend to our patients that they aim for 3-4 strength training sessions a week to help them preserve and build lean muscle mass. However, we understand that time is tight and schedules are busy, which is where our new BodyTone treatment can be a great complement to diet and exercise.
The BodyTone is a unique muscle strengthening and toning device that uses bio-lectric energy pulses to exercise different muscle groups to prevent muscle atrophy. Through muscle re-education, the BodyTone strengthens, sculpts, and tones weak muscles, helping you rebuild muscle mass. BodyTone helps dramatically change the size, shape, and tone of your muscles. The BodyTone’s bio-lectric energy pulses simulate a heavy workout by twisting, flexing, and contracting specific muscle groups. Generating approximately 20,000 muscle contractions within 30 minutes, BodyTone yields a stronger, tighter core and well-defined muscles in the treatment area. In most patients, the BodyTone can create up to a 30% increase in muscle development