A: Honestly, you’re too old NOT to get started. The science shows that college-age kids don’t have to worry about hormone levels and muscle loss – getting in shape is easy for them. From your 30’s to 40’s and beyond, when hormones and metabolism start to change, if you don't eat the right food and get the right exercise, your muscles (and bone density) disintegrate faster with every passing year, while fat goes on easier. Age 35-55 is our biggest member demographic and more people are joining us after 55 than ever because that age group is finally discovering how crash diets accelerate aging while training and feeding the muscle reverses aging.
This article is quite misleading, as body fat is not only subcutaneous, but also visceral and intramuscular. In terms of appearance, all that matters is subcutaneous fat, which is what we measure with our eyes and with calipers taking skinfold measurements. There are cases where a DEXA scan shows a much higher percentage due to visceral and intramuscular fat. Just fairly recently someone told me about a bodybuilder from his hometown, stage ready, ridiculosly ripped, looking like 4% body fat at the highest. Well, he got a DEXA scan and the result was 13% body fat, due to hidden fat inside his muscles and around his organs. Therefore, what you see in the mirror, plus properly using calipers, is really all you need.
The body requires a certain level of glucose to fuction at its best. The best source of glucose is from carbohydrates. Of course, the body can readily break down proteins into glucose when needed, but this requires the release of adrenaline. The more your body relies on adrenaline to convert proteins into glucose because you aren’t eating enough carbs, the further you will push yourself into adrenal burnout. This will happen quickly or slowly depending on how extreme the diet is, as well as other factors like whether or not you ingest a lot of caffeine or if you’re under a lot of stress.