Most of us remember a time when we could eat anything we wanted and not gain weight. But a new study suggests your metabolism – the rate at which you burn calories – actually peaks much earlier in life, and starts its inevitable decline later than you might guess.
The findings will appear Aug. 12 in the journal Science.
“There are lots of physiological changes that come with growing up and getting older,” said study co-author Herman Pontzer, associate professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke University. “Think puberty, menopause, other phases of life. What’s weird is that the timing of our ‘metabolic life stages’ doesn’t seem to match those typical milestones.” [Read more…] about Metabolism changes with age, just not when you might think