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How to Lose Weight After Menopause and Keep Your Sanity

By Pauline A Delany

If you’ve already reached, or are entering your menopausal years, one of your biggest concerns may be your weight. Conventional wisdom has always stated that, ‘as women we’re to expect that keeping our figure after menopause is impossible and weight gain is just one of the aspects for women over 40′. However, new research is taking this ‘conventional wisdom’ and debunking it.images

Although, bad eating habits such as indulging in the sugary sweets; fried foods, red meat; or caffeine, will put weight on us now that we’re over 40. Our body, unfortunately, doesn’t breakdown and use these types of substances the way it used to. Meaning unless we cut out the bad eating and drinking habits… weight gain after 40 is bound to happen.

That doesn’t mean we have to give up all of our favorite foods or drinks to maintain our weight, and asking a woman in menopause that’s going through multiple changes, to do so, is ludicrous; and a great way to toss her sanity overboard. There are simple steps to take, which will help women over 40 with weight loss – while keeping our sanity. First, and foremost, drop the high sugar; fried food; red meat diet, and go with low-fat menu planning. I’m not going to call it a diet because no one wants to live on a diet, but learning to eat low-fat meals will help with weight loss in women over 40.

It’s not a word women like to hear, let alone do, but we’re over 40 now, and we’re going to have to start to exercise to lose weight and to keep it off. On the good side; not only does exercise help us lose weight, but it also, helps us keep down our irritability level and our anxiety level; it will help us sleep, plus reduce our symptoms such as night sweats, hot flashes, and help avoid sleep disturbances, which are all a part of keeping a healthy sanity level.

I’m going to sound masochistic for a moment, and say that weight loss for women over 40 includes giving up caffeine. Sadly, it’s a proven fact that our favorite caffeinated drinks, will increase mood swings, and hot flashes, as well as, just about every other symptom included in menopause. On the subject of giving things up, if you’re a lover of spicy foods, you might want to give them up to some extent. On one hand, they are wonderful for weight loss because they boost our metabolism. On the other hand, the last thing we need to do is put spicy things into our system when we’re experiencing hot flashes because it will only aggravate the problem.

Believe it or not, herbal remedies and supplements can help with our menopause by reducing night sweats, hot flashes and will help boost our sex drive, which is a great stress reliever, and sanity saver. Lastly, another wonderful method to help us relax, stay calm, sane, reduce hot flashes, night sweats, and potentially raise our estrogen levels is trying traditional acupuncture treatments twice a week for ten weeks.

To find out more, visit my website for my free report “5 Big Mistakes Most Women Make After 40″ at http://www.weightlossforwomenafter40.com

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Forty is the New Twenty? We Hope Not

By Tina Tobin

When turning forty it seemed that I was assaulted by the phrase “forty is the new twenty.” It was especially targeted at women since advertisers seem to assume that we are more susceptible to these messages than men. I first heard this proclamation when Demi Moore turned 40 and pictures of her in a bikini were on all the newsstands. Like many women in their mid-thirties, I hit the gym a little harder hoping to have a body like Demi when we turned 40.

Years later, we had to face everything we knew to be true about time and gravity. We women were still all for staying in shape, but we had to acknowledge the reality of trying to look twenty at forty. It is at best, overly optimistic, and at worst, borderline neurotic.

Around this time women were given a new outlook on this pitch of forty being the new twenty when Demi and the much younger Ashton Kutcher became an item. Maybe we don’t need to look twenty we all thought, maybe we can just act twenty. This brief fantasy didn’t feel right either. For most of us there are too many responsibilities at forty that don’t allow us to act like we’re twenty. Although women with reliable baby sitters did get a few Saturday nights of acting twenty.

So if we didn’t want to look or act twenty, we needed to ask ourselves “What is so great about twenty that anyone would want to recreate it at forty?” Aside from looking good in those skinny jeans that have made an unfortunate comeback, most women I know couldn’t think of anything. When we were twenty we worried about what nearly everyone thought about us. By age forty our list of people whose opinions we cared about was very small, and filled only with people that would say kind things about us.

Somewhere along the line, Demi Moore also seemed to find that there is a freedom to being in your forties that you don’t have in your twenties. Photos of her in glamorous clothes at Hollywood hot spots were replaced with photos of her in a ball cap driving her kids to soccer games. Of course this new look meant that she was photographed a lot less, but I guess she crossed the paparazzi of her list of people to impress about the same time we crossed off the women who go to gym wearing make-up and designer work-out clothes.

So after quite a bit of reflecting, I feel comfortable saying that women don’t want forty to be the new twenty. We wouldn’t mind a few less wrinkles and other trivial perks that come with being twenty, but we wouldn’t trade the lessons and the joys that graced us during the years between twenty and forty. I’d like to think that we are wiser at forty than we were at twenty. The true test is if we have learned to enjoy whatever age we happen to be and not waste a moment trying to go backwards.

Tina Tobin has been an advocate for women and family issues for many years. She is the creator of the interactive website http://www.luvemorleavem.com where women can share straight-forward relationship advice.

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Turning Forty – Why Is It So Significant?

By David Shreeve

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What is it that traumatises some people about moving from age 39 to one year older? After all, if 39 didn’t seem so bad why does a mere one year later make such an impact? Many people refer to it as the “Big Four-O.” The big 4-oh? What makes it big? 50 can look big because, I suppose, it’s half a hundred. Sixty is something of a big Six-O. That’s probably because it was for many years the official retiring age for many men. But forty isn’t big in any particular way.

Many young people probably think of forty as middle aged but that can’t be. If we apply the mind to the description “middle” and think of the old definition of “lifespan” as ‘three-score-years-and-ten’ then the middle of the traditional lifespan, in fact, is 35. But no one of 35 would accept that they are “middle aged!” Anyway, everyone over 35 knows that the definition of “middle aged” is anyone who is ten years older than you are at any one stage!

Many people who work in a corporate environment reach significant positions in their forties – positions that will lead them to top jobs when they reach their fifties. Their forties are a sort of “apprenticeship” to prepare them for the really senior positions in the company.

Their advantage is that, being in their forties, they have the best of two worlds: they have an impressive number of years experience and they also have the energy to create, develop and carry out new ideas and strategies. People in their 20’s and 30’s have plenty of energy but limited experience; others in their 50’s and 60’s have the experience but often do not have the energy.

One of Bob Hope’s many famous one-liners was about this “significant” age of 40: A Woman said to me ‘I’m approaching forty, you know;’ I thought to myself ‘From which direction?’

Turning forty is a particularly huge hurdle for women. It has more significance than most birthday anniversaries which is difficult to understand.

Maybe it’s the word “turn” that is the problem? Milk “turns” sour; meat “turns” bad; butter “turns” rancid. Maybe you should think of leaving 39 behind and “becoming” forty or “achieving” 40. Many people (particularly those in their 50’s and 60’s) believe that life really begins at forty – because their’s did!

Many Hollywood actresses are still making waves in their forties. Think of Halle Berry (44) Jennifer Aniston (41) Sarah Jessica Parker (in her 40’s) Julianne Moore (49) Annette Bening (52!) and Julia Roberts (42.) The highest-earning woman in Hollywood last year (who made a cool $56-million) was Sandra Bullock and she’s 46!!

And what about that dynamic ball of fire, simply the best, Tina Turner? She’s turning 73 next birthday – never mind forty! She is living proof that birthdays are good for you: the more you have, the longer you live! So don’t stress about turning forty: it’s only a number.

David Shreeve has been writing for various media for many years including radio, TV, print media and the internet. He currently publishes a general interest blog for over forties entitled [http://www.magazine4over40s.com] which is aimed at “those with a more mature outlook and sense of fun!”

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