Learn How To Lose Weight After 40 With These Easy Steps
Do you think losing weight at the age of forty is hard?
It can be.
Just ask the moms of the overweight teenagers I meet daily at work.
But let’s face it, at the age of forty losing weight can be especially challenging for women, because it’s at that age when hormonal imbalances begin to cause the dreaded pre-menopausal symptoms, including weight gain.
So, if losing weight was a challenge in your younger years it becomes a bigger issue at age forty, and f it was not an issue before, it will become one from now on.
So let’s be honest, regardless of your age, unless you learn how to eat right, and get plenty of exercise. Guess what…it’s not gonna happen.
Not only do you have to improve your eating habits, and exercise…You must be patient too…and disciplined and determined.
Like the saying goes:
“If you want to go east, do not go west.”
Think about it, when was the last time you reached a goal, won anything, or got what you wanted by doing things that sabotaged your objectives?
You first had to think about what you wanted, then you found a way to get it until you got it. There is a path to success in anything and weight loss it’s no exception.
Here’s the cold truth:
As we age our metabolism slows down. Everyone knows that. But what not everyone knows is that this slowing down of our metabolism is evolutionary.
Not to be dramatic but the fact is our brain starts to set things in motion to prepare our bodies for the last stage in all living organisms: death, which happens right around the time our internal slows down the ticking and the brain signals all organs in our body to slow down and stop growing.
We refer to this process as being “over the hill”
Fortunately for us in this day and age we are likely to stick around way past our 40’s and 50’s, regardless of what our ticking clocks might be telling us, so we might as well learn how to stay healthy and more importantly, away from hospitals as much as possible.
So what choices do you have?
The way I see it, it’s not a matter of IF we are going to live to the age of 80, but of the type of quality of life we will have by then in terms of health and strength.
The fact is, lean muscle mass in the body is reduced significantly as we age, which affects metabolic rate.
In other words: The less lean muscle we have, the slower our metabolism; So even if we eat the same amount of calories we did when we were younger, we would still gain weight, and excess weight inevitably leads to premature aging.
The good news is, if you increase your metabolic by eating protein -loaded, homemade meals(or minimally processed), and low carb dishes that include whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables.
A few other “must do’s”
- Learn how to replace junk, high calorie foods with something healthier. It takes some trial and error to figure out what healthy meals and snacks to replace your usual ones with.
- Take your lunch to work with you every day, and make it a healthy one. This will help you resist the temptation to run through the drive-thru at lunch, and from hitting the snack machine during the day.
- Reduce your caloric intake by 200 calories per day. You can do this by adding more vegetables as a side dish. The vegetables will fill you up without the added calories. ( I recommend steamed or slightly sauteed veggies)
- Stay away from deep-fried foods. Bake, sauteed or grill all of your meats. This will cut down on the fat content of the foods. It will also help keep your cholesterol levels under control.
- Have your hormone levels checked, and discuss your options for hormone replacement treatments with your health practitioner, because even a small imbalance can sabotage your weight loss efforts. However, more than likely once you start eating healthier your hormones begin to do a better job of regulating your metabolism.
To Learn How To Lose Weight After 40
Last but not least:
Keep in mind that even if you eat a healthy diet, you will need to add exercise to lose weight after forty. Remember that you are battling against a sluggish metabolism. It is up to you to increase it by adding exercise and lean muscle mass. Find a type of exercise that you enjoy doing and do it often, every day if possible, especially some type of resistance training routine.
It’s critical that you cut out the junk foods and start eating more fish and lean meats; poultry, dairy, fresh fruit, vegetables, and go easy on the whole grains- because in spite of what you might have read about the wonders of whole grains, they ARE still carbs, and they will raise your blood sugar levels, leading to increased body fat.
Add a little exercise and you’re set for life!
To Your Health!
MailOnline Health: The 8 Foods Everyone over 40 Should Eat
Australian Government Department of Health and Aging: Men 31-50 Years Old
Fitness: Healthy for Life