You already know that extra pounds are not just an aesthetic problem but a health problem too.
That’s why many women struggle to lose weight.
And this can last quite a while, from puberty to middle age.
I already wrote about weight loss tips for younger girls.
So, today I am gonna talk about losing weight after 40.
How losing weight after 40 is different from losing weight in younger days?
Losing weight gets more slowly and more difficult as you age.
Your metabolism slows down by 5% every 10 years. (1)
What does that mean?
For example, if you intake 2000kcal per day in your 30s, you need to intake 100kcal less, i.e. 1900 kcal a day in your 40s.
And that’s only to keep your current weight, not to lose some.
You can find more about counting calories for weight loss here.
But, it’s not impossible to sweat off some weight after 40.
On the contrary.
The weight loss process is indeed harder and it takes more time, but you can achieve your goal if you follow the next rules.
5 best tips to lose weight after 40:
1. Regular physical activity
Nothing new, I know.
But it’s really important to follow this rule.
If you want to lose weight sitting on the couch, I have bad news for you.
Physical activity is as important as diet.
So, instead of doing nothing in front of the TV, start doing exercise.
After 40, some common cardio workouts aren’t enough.
You need to include endurance and strength exercises.
Maybe it’s time to start going to the gym if you haven’t so far.
So, what are the best workouts you should try?
Running, cycling, walking and swimming are some old school cardio exercises you should do no matter how old you are.
Add squats, split squats and HIIT if you want to lose weight after 40.
Read more about exercising for weight loss here.
2. Well-balanced meals
And the second most important advice:
Never skip breakfast.
Skipping breakfast can slow down your metabolism.
You need to have a good, high-protein breakfast to give you energy for the entire day, which will prevent eating unhealthy snacks.
Read more about breakfast for weight loss here.
Also, you should eat more high fiber foods and foods high in vitamins and minerals.
Don’t forget to drink water and stay hydrated.
Water cleanses your body from toxins, it speeds up your metabolism and the burning calories rate.
Read more about drinking water for weight loss here.
AVOID PROCESSED FOOD
Stick to this simple rule- avoid everything that’s processed and has a colorful packaging since it’s bad for you.
You can treat yourself with a piece of cake once in a while, but don’t intake unnecessary sugar by drinking sodas.
Avoid the 0 sugar type as well, since it contains harmful artificial sweeteners.
If you want to see a complete list of foods you should avoid, click here.
3. Sleep well
A very important rule.
Sleeping 8 hours every day is a must.
When you don’t sleep enough you may disturb the levels of your hormones responsible for your appetite and you may decrease your energy.
You can read more about sleeping for weight loss here.
4. Check your blood
This isn’t something you hear very often, but it is important.
If you want to lose weight, you should do some blood tests.
Some diseases, such as diabetes, hyperthyroidism or insulin resistance can significantly slow down the weight loss process.
If you want to be sure, visit your doctor and check your health condition.
5. Try some natural supplements
I don’t recommend some prescription drugs or pills that can be harmful to your health.
On the other hand, supplements made of natural ingredients can be helpful when it comes to slimming down after 40.
But they work only if you follow the previous rules.
Some natural supplements can suppress your appetite, improve digestion, speed up burning fats.
Besides, these supplements help you get rid of fat layers especially around your belly.
You can read more about some of the best natural weight loss supplements for women if you click on the link below.
So, what’s the bottom line?
It comes as no surprise that the older you are the more difficult it is to lose weight.
But, that’s not an excuse to give up.
If you are persistent, strong-willed and you follow the tips mentioned you can lose weight.
To sum up, if you want to lose weight after 40 the most important things are:
- Regular physical activity
- Balanced diet
- Quality sleep
- Blood tests
- Trying some natural supplements