One of the best things about being over 40 is we feel we are a little smarter than we were at 20. Okay, I feel a whole lot smarter! I did not get to be over 40 and not learn anything. Sometimes I admit it took me a couple kicks at the can to really learn what I needed but learn it I did.
One of the areas I’m talking about is weight loss. It took me more than a couple turns at that can to know what worked best for me. More than likely you feel the same way. Like me you have discovered that while we feel we are smarter than we were years ago our body is proving to us just how much we don’t know yet! Yes, we are aging. Not that that’s a bad thing but as we age our body starts to slow down and prepares itself for menopause. Our estrogen is not being produced in the same amount it was when we younger causing our metabolism to slow down.
This means we have to work a bit harder than our “20 something” bodies did. Nobody ever said getting older would be easier but I would have thought that just getting to this age should have given us an excuse for some easy sailing! Oh well, if we were afraid of a bit of work we would have not lived through puberty, never gotten married or lived with someone and for sure NEVER would have had children!
Here are 4 weight loss tips I found to help me get my body to work with me not against.
1. EAT LESS CALORIES- as we have gotten older our body requires less calories. In order to lose weight we must burn more calories than we take in. Keep track how much you are eating in a day and add it up. Try to do this for 3 or 4 days. Eat what you would normally, don’t make any changes yet. After the 4 days you should have a gauge of how much you are taking in daily. Minus the total for the day by about 500 calories and try that.
2. EAT MORE OFTEN- you need to feed your body more often during the day than we have been. Instead of eating our calories in 3 meals during the day spread them out into 5-6 meals. This prevents overeating and binging.
3. DON’T SKIP MEALS- you must eat breakfast to kick start your metabolism. Like a car your body needs fuel to work correctly. Hint: you actually burn calories just by digesting your food!
4. GET YOUR BODY MOVING- the best thing to improving your health, losing weight and feeling better is to get moving. This boosts our energy levels and makes us feel younger! I’m all for feeling younger! Start off slow by doing 15 minutes of activity 3 times a week and work up to 45 minutes of activity 4 to 5 times a week. You will be surprised at how good you will start to feel!
I hope this has helped you and given you some inspiration on your weight loss after 40 journey.
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