At 40, you are at half-time and you’re losing. Nature is telling everyone about it with your belly that is growing fat, your energy level are not what they used to be, you’re adding weight in most unlikely places – It’s obvious you are losing, and you need to re-strategize and come up with a new game plan to win.
If you are noticing these changes, it is not peculiar to you. At 40, the human body begins to undergo series of changes that have a profound effect on metabolism, digestion, and other parts of body’s functions. These changes cause the very growth rate of human cells to slow down.
These changes can lead to you adding up weight; the worst part is that losing weight at this stage becomes significantly more challenging because your body is no longer what it used to be. Moreover, it is possible that four decades of accumulating toxins from foods, drinks, and your daily activities will lead to the case of obesity at this stage. At 40, your abilities to burn calories drops and can lead to you gaining significant weight.
You don’t have to lose hope; you can still do something about it. It is going to be more challenging now but you can do it. What you need is a new strategy and consistency. The plan below will help you get reduce weight and gain an amazing body at 40 and over.
- Take Time To Understand your Body’s New Biological Rhythms – And Adjust Accordingly
After 40, it becomes so much easier to gain weight. This is because your body no longer use to burn calories like it does in your mid-twenties. According to weight experts, at this stage, consuming about 100 extra calories than what your body needs per day will lead to an extra 9-to-10 pound weight gain over the course of a year. It is very easy to consume 100 extra calories per day. When you are in your twenties, it is to burn these extra calories off. But at 40, your activity level tends to decline.
Therefore, the first step for losing weight after 40 is to understand how your body works now and adjust accordingly. Avoid eating those extra calories. Make a list of what works for you and what throws you off. Change your diet plan and watch the number of calories you are consuming per day.
- Eliminate Underlying Metabolic Conditions
According to health experts, 1 out of 5 adults over 40 years of age are suffering from thyroid problems. Hypothyroidism is the most common of these thyroid problems and this is the reason why most women over 40 can’t lose weight. Hypothyroidism leads to an underactive thyroid, which hinders the function of other organs in your body. It is like having your internal thermostat set too low. Some symptoms of this disease include poor circulation in the hands and feet, feeling cold all the time, tiredness, clammy hands, hair loss, and weight gain.
If you are suffering from such health conditions, it makes it more difficult to lose weight. The first step is to call a doctor and schedule a test to confirm if you have it in the first place. If your test comes back positive; you need to take steps to eliminate the problem so that you will stand a chance of losing weight using other methods we will suggest in this article.
- Slow Down and Eliminate Stress
Do you know that stress is part of the reason you are gaining too much weight after 40? It is understandable that work and family commitment can put you under a lot of stress. However, this stress is causing a huge damage to your body. Try to slow down with your daily routine that causes stress. Plan your day in such a way that you can accomplish your daily tasks without subjecting your body to undue stress. If you can eliminate stressing your body, you will begin to see improvement not just in your weight but your overall health.
- Trick Your Metabolism With Fat-Fighting Foods
Do not just eat for the sake of eating; your body is going to an advanced stage now. You need to make sure you are eating the right meal at the right time. There are plenty of healthy foods that you can eat – Make adequate changes to your diet, add foods that are known to actually fight fat instead of those that cause it. Don’t eat too much, eat in moderation. Too much food will lead to extra calories and more weight gain.
- Get Adequate Sleep To Burn More Calories
Sleep is elusive at this stage; this has been attributed to pressure from work and home. Moreover, it is possible that you have multiple physical issues such as back pain, snoring, and night sweats that interfere with good night’s sleep.
Research has shown that getting a good night sleep is one of the keys to losing weight. Your body’s metabolism is more active when you are sleeping helping you to burn calories and repair damaged cells. Sleeping less than 6 hours impairs glucose tolerance, which leads to diabetes and causes weight gain. Add adequate sleep to your list; eliminate anything that stops you from having at least 6 hours of sleep every night.
Even at 40, no weight loss technique is complete without an exercise. You need exercise not only to lose weight but also to keep it off and stay healthy. Exercise is good for your body; you may not be as energetic as you used to be in your twenties. However, there are some exercise techniques designed for those above 40. You can do aerobics that involves brisk walking, jogging, or riding a bicycle. Sometimes, take the stairs instead of the elevator, all these simple exercise techniques help to keep you in shape.
- Make Changes To Your Lifestyle
Make necessary changes to your lifestyle to achieve your weight loss objective. You can make a plan to lose 1 to 2 pounds every week for the next 5 to 10 weeks. According to studies, you are more likely to achieve your weight loss objective when you take the slow-but-steady approach. You can decide between cutting down the number of calories you are consuming every day or increasing exercise to help burn them.
Note that alcohol also makes you gain weight, most people at this age tend to drink lots of alcohol which can cause unnecessary weight gain. Reduce the amount of alcohol you take to one or two during the weekends and get a good night rest.