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Tips & Tricks For Women Losing Weight After 40

Tips & Tricks For Women Losing Weight After 40

Weight and fat loss for women over 40 is different from what it is for younger women and should be approached differently. Mature women have to deal with slower metabolisms. They often have hormonal imbalances that result in reduced thyroid function, fluid retention, and weight gain. Moreover, many women in their forties are sleep-deprived, which can also lead to weight fluctuation.

Dieting alone is not a good way of losing weight after 40. The best way of losing weight after 40 is to transition to a healthier lifestyle. In other words, give the body what it requires to work optimally and keep away from foods that are nutritionally deficient and loaded with artificial substances that harm the body. Here are a few recommendations for women interested in losing weight after 40: 

Losing Weight After 40 Tip #1: Have A Healthy Diet

As age increases, our bodies become less efficient in processing carbohydrates. Thus, to lose weight over forty, eat fewer carbohydrates. This mature diet should contain fruits and vegetables with a lot of pure water, as hydration is an important factor in good health. It’s also essential to eat early in the morning to start off the day nourished and energetic.
Many women over 40 are shopping or cooking for family members who can effectively metabolize food that they can't. Packaged and processed foods are to be avoided as much as possible, including diet products like sodas and artificial sweeteners which have worse effects than natural sugar (and get you addicted too). Check out Herbal Magic’s healthy recipes and try some at home this week

Losing Weight After 40 Tip #2: Plan Meal Times 

Having a lot of smaller meals during the day is a better option for mature women trying to lose weight. This is because a large meal will release lots of insulin in the blood, hindering metabolism. You burn more calories with a lower level of insulin in the blood. Therefore, maintaining lower insulin levels throughout the day will increase your caloric burn rate. 
On the other hand, severely restricting food intake or fasting does not result in low insulin levels and greater fat loss. If calories are too severely restricted, the metabolic rate reduces and the body retains fat. The key to weight loss is to eat nutritious food that the body can easily metabolize. So, we recommend you spread your healthy meals throughout the day to help your body lose those unwanted pounds. 

Losing Weight After 40 Tip #3: Be Active 

Eating healthy meals throughout the day is only the beginning for mature women looking to lose weight. It‘s very helpful to add regular exercise and strength training to maintain muscle mass and bone density (which naturally declines over time) to increase the metabolic rate of the body. We are not saying join a crossfit program! But there are some gentle workouts that won’t overly stress your body, while still helping it get into good shape. Here are 7 workout tips for women over 40.

Losing Weight After 40 Tip #4: Get Adequate Sleep

Sleeping right is essential for any weight loss journey. Women who don't get around eight hours of sleep are more likely to be overweight compared to those who get lots of quality sleep. Address sources of stress that may be contributing to poor sleep, and survey your environment to ensure that your bedroom is quiet, dark, and peaceful. Here are 6 sleep tips to help improve your nightly rest

Losing Weight After 40 Tip #5: Balance Hormones 

If you make healthy lifestyle changes but still find it difficult to lose weight, you might have a hormone imbalance. Estrogen dominance can result in weight gain that becomes very difficult to lose later. In these cases, a low-dose progesterone ointment may be useful in getting the balance back. It is important to talk to your doctor before making any hormonal changes. We recommend booking an appointment with your doctor to get a baseline understanding of your current hormone levels, and then discussing a plan with them to get your hormones balanced. 

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