Listen to “5 Easy Weight-Loss Tips for the Over-40s”.
There are a lot of reasons why people gain weight once they reach 40. When we get older, our metabolisms naturally slow down year on year, making it harder to burn calories. We also tend to lose muscle mass, and muscle burns calories much faster than fat does. Plus, falling estrogen levels can cause insulin sensitivity, making it harder for your body to control the amount of sugar in your blood.
Reaching the milestone 40th birthday means that some things become more of a challenge. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t be in the best shape of your life; it just means you have to work a little harder to get there.
In some respects, it’s inevitable that our bodies will change as we age and embracing the change is just one way to make the process a little less frustrating.
1. Avoid trigger foods
Being over 40 doesn’t automatically mean that you now have to cut out certain foods to get (or stay) slim—unless you know deep down that a food is truly getting in the way of your goals.
Instead of seeing cutting back as deprivation, reframe your decision as a positive choice by acknowledging that certain foods don’t work for you and your health goals.
2. Go Organic
Opt for organic produce instead of the conventionally-grown stuff. Researchers found that organochlorine pesticides can alter the levels of thyroid hormones in the human bloodstream, potentially increasing weight gain and causing thyroid issues.
3. Cut out Cocktails
Say so long to those sugary happy hour drinks. A single flavoured martini or blended drink can pack upwards of 600 calories per 8-ounce pour. If you do choose to drink, have red wine, which is a good source of resveratrol, which has been deemed effective at reducing belly fat.
4. Add high-intensity training to your routine
Losing weight as you age isn’t always about how much time you’re spending at the gym, but what you’re doing while you’re there. If you’re frustrated with your rate of weight loss, try adding some high-intensity interval training to your routine. You can keep records of your training in the DeepH app, where you can manually add them to keep your activity level on track.
5. Honey, Lemon & water
Honey, lemon and water are cleansing in nature and a great way to break the fast after a good night’s sleep. To be effective, you need to drink it at a lukewarm temperature as soon as you wake up and make sure the honey you’re using is pure, preferably organic.
Honey, lemon and water provide essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B, vitamin C, magnesium, phosphorus and calcium. It helps kick-start your system, removes toxins and protects your body from catching infections.