Right around the time you reach 40, your metabolism changes drastically. There a lot of things happening in your body between 40 + 50. This is especially true if you’re a woman.
If you are 40 or older, and you have been trying unsuccessfully to lose weight for a while, read this article to find out why all your efforts have failed and what you can do about it.
You can still improve your metabolism as you get older, but the things you have to do now pretty different and what you did when you were in your twenties and thirties.
Keep reading to see what I mean.
Whoever Said 40 Is The New 20 Was Confused (Or Flat Out Lying)
There’s a reason why the beauty industry it’s such a moneymaker. I might be making this up, but the last time I checked, I believe it was a billion-dollar industry.
Actually, let me edit that fact. According to Business Insider, the beauty industry a multiple-hundred billion-dollar industry. It’s worth $532 billion…and there are all kinds of pains people are experiencing to drive that kind of revenue.
The biggest pain of all is that people don’t like looking or feeling older. All by itself, this section of the beauty industry is worth $50 billion. It is broken up to include the health and wellness portion of anti-aging, too.
Remember. How your body feels is just as important as how your body looks to others.
If getting older was all that amazing, people wouldn’t be spending so much money in an effort to try to avoid it. That’s your first clue that 40 is definitely not the new 20.
At 40, it is harder to lose weight, your skin doesn’t look as dewy or plump, and your joints and muscles have more of a tendency to ache, and you’re more likely to get injured because you can’t move your body as easily as you used to.
According to the American Association of retired persons, it is a lot harder for someone who is 50 years old to lose weight than it is for someone who is 20 years old to do the same thing.
Between the hormonal changes that come with getting older and menopause, it’s just not as easy to hold onto a thin, slender physique.
In fact, it’s almost like the women who are still slender belong to some kind of elite club that almost no one can get into.
Thankfully, that is not true. If you just follow the steps I’m going to share with you today, you can lose weight if you’re over 40 years old, and you can do it easily. All you need are the right diet, the right kind of exercises, and the proper frame of mind.
Here’s How To Lose Weight If You Are Over 40
#1 Train Your Brain – Have the right mindset
When I wake up in the morning, the very first thing I do is start my workout routine. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that exercising isn’t actually something I want to do when I wake up.
In fact, waking up isn’t even what I want to do when my eyes first open. If I’m being honest, I want to close my eyes again when I wake up. But I don’t. I get out of bed, I put on the clothes I laid out the night before, I walk to the bathroom to brush my teeth and wash my face, and then I head out the door to go to the gym.
Sometimes, I stop in the living room, and I do my workout right there. But most days, I have to actually leave the house it was to exercise the way I’m supposed to.
And it is very rare that I’m excited to exercise. Some people grow to that point after a while of building the habit of exercising first thing in the morning, but not everyone does.
I’m a shining example of the fact that it’s okay to just do something because it’s on your calendar and you’re not excited about it.
What motivates me everyday is knowing that I can’t have the life I want to live if my body isn’t functioning highest capacity.
So I train my brain to assist me in reaching all my goals. I get up even when I don’t want to because it’s a habit.
Habits take approximately 30 days to form, so while I don’t particularly want to get up in the morning to work out, my body is now in the habit of doing so. It actually feels weird when I stay in bed in the morning… and so I get up.
If you do this for 30 days, you’re going to find the same thing happening to you.
#2 Train Your Cravings – Eat the right foods
This can be a really touchy subject for people, so I don’t want to stay on this topic for too long. The fact is, you already know what I’m about to say about food and diet.
You better stop it with the junk food, alcohol, sugar, and other shortcuts you take. they’re forcing your body to attract fat like a magnet…
… and if you ever want to stop struggling with your weight, you’re going to have to do massive overhaul of your diet.
Exchange the store bought sweet treats for fruit.
If you drink alcohol and don’t feel like you can stop drinking completely, try organic alcohol, using less alcohol in your drinks, using clear alcohol so you don’t adding extra chemicals from food coloring, and using sugar-free alcohol.
And cut out the processed food. In case you’re not sure exactly what processed food is, it is food that is not in its natural state.
For example, it is more healthy to eat an apple then to sit down at the table and eat apple fritters or even an apple pie.
An apple is a whole food. Apple pie is processed food. Apple fritters are straight up junk food.
The reason you want to eat whole foods is because Whole Foods are both nutritious and naturally feeling. You could eat junk food for days and never feel satisfied. But you couldn’t possibly eat as much whole food and you do junk food…because a whole food will fill you up and tell your brain that you’re done eating so you stop.
However, since junk food is not satiating, you’ll just keep eating and eating, and you’ll just keep gaining and gaining.
Eat way more vegetables and protein. Go light on the fruit…and you’ll be fine. A quick read online will prove to you that I’m telling the truth…
… and don’t get confused by these fitness professionals who try to tell you it’s all about exercise. It’s not. It’s really all about your diet and what you put into your body. food causes you to see the greatest results.
There are loads of healthy diets, but if you don’t want to spend all day searching, the best ones I found are the DASH diet, the Mediterranean diet, and if you want to speed up your results you can add in intermittent fasting.
But you don’t have to neglect exercise entirely. Keep reading to see what I mean.
#3 Train Your Body – Exercise How Your Body Wants You To!
I mentioned exercise earlier in regards to training your mind so that you actually can be consistent in the habits required to lose weight, but I didn’t talk about the kinds of exercises you can do.
Let me share those exercise models with you… because this is the one area where people get so discouraged but they quit before they ever seen a single result.
So let me help you. Exercise can be as simple as taking a walk around the block every day.
Instead of taking the elevator to your floor, you could walk those 2 or 5 flights up. In fact, if you go to the gym, you’ll see exercise machines that resemble stairs. – which maks my point for me.
The regular movement to make everyday can become exercise if you do them for long enough.
- Vacuuming the floors exercise.
- Sweeping is exercise.
- Folding is exercise if you sand while doing it. Even sitting and folding can be a modified workout.
- Basically any household chore you do can be exercise.
Just time yourself, and you’ll discover a 30 minute workout can easily be done multiple times a day if you plan it right.
If You Can’t Let Go Of Steak And Potatoes, You Don’t Have To.
You can go on and forgive yourself now. Eating steak and potatoes is perfectly fine.
Just leave off the gravy, the fake bacon toppings, and anything else you normally add to your baked potato. It’s not the vegetable that’s the problem. It’s all the stuff we typically add to it.
So forgive yourself. Clean up your diet. And move your body.
That is literally all you have to do to lose weight after you reach the age of 40. It’s not impossible to look and feel your best. You simply have to put some effort into it. When you do, that’s when everything is going to change.
Do you have a miraculous weight loss story to share? You can be yourself or someone else. even if you don’t believe it, share it.
If it’s most likely a fake, I will let you
know. But if it’s probably real and you share enough details about it, I can
confirm that for you so you stay encouraged and inspired on your own weight