While it is probable that losing weight after turning 40 years old will be more difficult than losing weight when you were 20 years old, it is hardly an impossible task. Both your lifestyle and body have changed over time, and your body now has different needs.
One of the reasons that losing weight after turning forty is difficult is a slowing metabolism. We lose the muscle mass that burns off calories as we age. Men gain weight until age 55, and women gain weight until age 65. After these milestones, the weight begins to come off.
Another reason why losing weight after forty can be challenging is the stress factors that the post-forty group experiences. Work, teenage children, aging parents, and financial responsibilities all add up. Stress alters hormone levels, disrupts sleep, and contributes to weight gain.
Other factors that make losing weight after age forty difficult are an under-active thyroid and, for women, the hormone fluctuation that accompanies peri-menopause.
Tips for Losing Weight After Turning 40
To help with weight loss after age forty, educate yourself about what you eat. This is especially true when eating out. Many restaurant menu options are deceptive. These meal options range from offering breakfast choices that contain more sugar than seven Snickers bars, to pastas that have more saturated fat than fifty eggs! Before you eat, have a feel for what it is that you are truly eating.
Be careful what type of bread you eat. You will find the words “enriched flour,” “high fructose corn syrup,” or “sugar” printed on many bread labels. None of these ingredients are health-friendly. You’ll want bread that has less than 80 calories, less than 3 grams of sugar per slice, and has “whole grains” as the first ingredient listed.
Be done with soda. There are numerous harmful things about soda. Just one can per day creates fat around your organs. This adds up to about 1.8 pounds of visceral fat that causes your belly to protrude. Read, “Belly Fat is a Danger for All People.”
Get into the habit of drinking plenty of water. A University of Utah study found that people who drank two cups of water before each meal lost 30 percent more weight than those who drank no water before each meal. Water is essential to all functions of the body. Read, “Drinking Water for Weight Loss.”
Give seaweed a try. It is good in sushi, broth based soups, or with snacks. Seaweed is an excellent source of iodine. Without proper levels of iodine, your thyroid function is effected and it becomes more difficult for your body to burn fat.
Eat healthy. Have a menu of real foods that are nourishing. You do not need to eat specifically for weight loss to get good results. When shopping, choose organic fruits and vegetables and hormone-free meats.
Losing weight after turning forty can be done, but some discipline will be a must.
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