As we grow older, keeping the weight off becomes much harder than it was in our 20's or even our 30's. this is because our metabolism and even the rate at which our cells reproduce themselves slows down. This couples with the tendency to live a more sedentary life in our 40's are the main culprits to the usual weight gain that comes with older age but there are simple ways to combat these factors.
Look Your Best in Your 40’s
As we grow older, keeping the weight off becomes much harder than it was in our 20’s or even our 30’s. this is because our metabolism and even the rate at which our cells reproduce themselves slows down. This couples with the tendency to live a more sedentary life in our 40’s are the main culprits to the usual weight gain that comes with older age but there are simple ways to combat these factors.
The first thing you must do is take an honest account of your food intake and activity level. The most important thing to know about weight loss in your 40’s is balance of caloric intake and activity level. For example if you are consuming 3,000 calories a day you should be exercising-walking, running, jogging or any cardio really...swimming is excellent-for at least 2 hours a day.
Your body and metabolism changes at 40 but you can actually take advantage of these changes and have them work for your benefit. When you eat later on at night your body is already starting to wind down so whet ever you eat after about 8pm is more likely to just stay with you. However if you complete your meals at an earlier time starting with a moderately early breakfast, most of your food will be burned off as fuel to power you through the day.
When it comes to entering your 40’s it becomes more and more important to use your body’s natural facilities to help you keep the weight off and stay healthy. This is why sleep is actually an important factor in losing weight and keeping it off in your 40’s. You may think that your body is not doing anything while you sleep but during deep sleep is when your metabolism is working at its most efficient. This is why getting more than 6 hours of sleep every night will aid you in your fight against weight gain in your 40’s.
If you are a sucker for sweets don’t fret. You can still enjoy them in your 40’s but try playing this little trick on your brain. Let’s say you have a muffin or a slice of cheesecake that you are craving. Cut it in half and put the other half back in the fridge for later. You will find that at least a few times out of 10, you will feel satisfied with just half and leave the other half for another day.
The most important thing to realize about your weight at this time in your life is that your body is changing not to spite you but to ensure your survival. Our metabolisms slow down so we can hold on to food longer as our capacities begin to deteriorate. I know, this is a grim thought but all it means is that you are going to have to work a little harder to achieve the balance you want. The most important factor of weight loss in your 40’s is really keeping an eye on the balance of food you eat and calories you burn off. Yes, this will mean spending a little more time jogging or walking the dog but maintaining this balance will achieve the results that a diet never can.