In this blog I will be giving my 6 top tips on how to lose weight after 40. Whether you are male or female losing weight post 40 isn’t that difficult if you know how. Your body is slightly different from its former 20 year old self, so what you do to lose weight after 40 is also going to be slightly different.
My 6 Top Tips – How to Lose Weight after 40
Consume lots of Veggies and some Fruits
Eating more fruit and vegetables is an effective way to boost your immunity and get a healthier body. These foods provide the necessary vitamins & minerals to keep your immune system strong and also contain dietary fibre, which helps reduce fat accumulation and manage weight.
Indulge in Regular Exercise
Allocating some time for exercise can make a massive difference to your overall health & energy. You don’t need to do strenuous workouts all the time; just commit to an appropriate program that keeps you active. Regular physical activity helps keep your posture in the right position and boosts muscle strength, something that tends to diminish as you age.
Exercising regularly helps to reduce levels of stress hormones, and can increase levels of mood-lifting hormones such as endorphins and serotonin.
Stress hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline, can have a significant impact on menopause and weight gain. During menopause, women experience a decrease in estrogen levels, which can lead to an increase in stress hormones. This can cause additional weight gain, as cortisol stimulates the body to store fat, particularly around the midsection. Adrenaline also triggers the body to store fat, as it is released when the body is in a “fight-or-flight” state. This can lead to increased cravings for sugary and fatty foods, which can contribute to weight gain. Additionally, stress hormones can contribute to diabetes by increasing insulin resistance. Supplements can provide some help in managing menopause symptoms and mood. However, these effects are not necessarily positive, and some dietary supplements can contribute to weight gain, so it’s important that women follow a balanced diet and exercise routine alongside their use of supplements.
Reduce Alcohol Intake
Excessive consumption of alcohol can cause serious health problems. The biggest risk of consuming alcohol after 40 is that it has the capacity to increase your appetite and toxic load. This increases your calorie intake and may lead to further indulgence in food while drinking alcohol. The toxic load also reduces your ability to detox and lose weight.
Avoid Night Snacks
Snacking late at night can cause weight gain, especially if the snacks are high in calories, fat, and sugar. Eating late at night can also disrupt our bodies’ natural rhythm and lead to poor sleep quality. Eating late at night can cause our blood sugar levels to spike and lead to energy crashes the following day. To prevent weight gain and promote better sleep, it is recommended to limit late-night snacks or choose healthier options such as veggies or nuts.
Men and Women (especially women going through the Menopause) start to lose muscle mass as they age. Your metabolism slows down, so it is important to start weight training in order to stay healthy. If you are consistent with weight training, you will be able to preserve your muscles and keep your bone density higher.