Weight loss becomes more difficult with age…period. After 40, it becomes harder and harder to lose weight and most women find that they HAVE to put more effort into exercising and eating healthy EVEN if they’ve been a regular “exerciser” before.
During this time in life, a woman’s body begins to go through changes in metabolism and digestion that can result in weight gain around the midsection, in the thighs, and elsewhere. And, we cannot forget about HORMONES. Hormonal changes can send your metabolic rate off its intended course, disrupting weight loss. Of course, any medical issues and medication may compound the issue.
So if you’re over 40 and want to lose a few pounds, here are 7 things you should know:
- You can’t lose weight as quickly as you used to.
- You can’t turn to quick fixes – like diet fads, lose water weight, etc.
- Exercise is NOT enough.
- The best way to lose weight is to change your eating habits while upping your exercise frequency and/or intensity.
- You don’t need to make drastic changes — make small changes.
- The sooner you act, the better.
- Failure does not make you a failure. Get back up and persist.
Although weight loss after 40 can be a challenge, the good news is that even a modest loss of weight, such as 5 to 10 percent of your body weight, can have an astounding effect on your health. Weight loss can lower your blood pressure, reduce your blood cholesterol, and impact your blood sugar level, not to mention make you feel and look a lot better so that you can enjoy this momentous time in your life to its fullest.
No matter which of the best ways to lose weight you choose, losing the weight is a positive step that will allow you to get the most out of your 40s, 50s, and beyond.
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