Weight Loss for Women Over 40
Why is it different?
Why do we need to specifically target fat loss strategies for women over 40? Are they so different in nature to anyone else? Isn’t fat loss the same no matter who you are or how old you are? Well, as it turns out, unfortunately weight loss for women over 40 is more complicated than ageism.
In fact unfortunately as women grow older it is easier to gain weight (increase our fat percentage), and harder to get rid of the excess fat. The over 40’s metabolism slows down which makes it harder to burn the calories that are being consumed. Not only that, but however much you want to avoid it, menopause and its early phase, perimenopause means a decrease in estrogen production.
This can cause havoc with the production of insulin. Then the body finds it difficult to control the blood sugar levels. When the blood sugar is constantly rising and falling, the outcome is cravings for the very food that is causing the problems in the first place. This, in turn, causes mood swings, anxiety, and irritability, which are common symptoms of menopause. So yes, women over 40 need specific help to burn fat and lose weight.
Is it really necessary?
Of course, losing weight or achieving fat loss is a personal choice. You may be thinking, why can’t we just be left alone to enjoy our older years in peace; fat and happy?
The fat and happy middle-aged mama stereotype is a myth. Just ask anyone who is wheezing when they have to climb the stairs, or is having blood pressure problems, or has just been diagnosed with diabetes type 2, is on the endless rounds of medication to control all the various ailments that are a result of being unhealthy and overweight.
No one likes the visits to the doctor, the shameful feelings when you have to step on the scales, the shopping in Plus size stores, the pain in the knees and ankles, and all the other inflammatory joint pain. Of course, you can pretend, and perhaps that’s where the fat and happy myth begins, with all that jolly pretending. So get your head and heart around the idea that you really want to be well, and start your journey to good health.
How can you lose fat fast?
Amazingly, if you’re overweight, your body will help you lose that fat fast! As soon as you begin to think about what you put in your mouth, and reduce the sugar, biscuits, cake, chocolate, chips, pizza, burgers and soda drinks, you will begin to lose fat. If you start to think about what your body really needs and learn about the nutrients in the food you consume, you will want to make the healthier choice. You will feel the difference.
Your additional weight will work with you, up to a certain point, because when you’re heavier you burn more calories just moving around. However, your goal is also to replace fat with muscle and then you can become an even more efficient fat-burner. And you will lose fat fast! As you begin to feel the effects of improved health, you will notice that you can move faster, that you have more energy and a general sense of well-being.
Now is the time to start making your muscles work for you. Yes, you guessed it, it’s time for an exercise program. Consult your doctor (who will be very pleased with your weight loss) and get clearance to begin a suitable regime that will help you to improve your health and well-being.
What should you be eating?
Make friends with vegetables. Start shopping at the fresh food market, If you have to go to the supermarket, avoid the packaged aisles. Try to think about where food comes from and get it as close to its natural state as possible. Switch from fruit juice to real fruit. Eat lean meat. Find fresh sources of fish, then don’t deep fry it! Don’t deep fry anything. Stay away from trans fats.
Eat avocados, unsalted nuts, and olive oil. Try to eat whole grains. Fermented foods are good for your gut, so try sauerkraut and kimchi. Try to drink water if you’re thirsty. Keep alcohol to a minimum. Don’t worry or stress out if you fall off the health food wagon. Just hop back on again for your next meal. You can do it if you want to. If you need extra help, try Tetrogen.
Eat More Protein Overall
Protein truly is your best friend when it comes to burning fat and losing weight. First, eating protein increases your metabolism naturally. This occurs because your body has to work harder to digest protein and extract the nutrients. To digest food requires calories to be burned. Compared to carbs or fats, digesting protein requires over 100 calories more energy to fully break down.
Plus, protein is a natural appetite suppressant. In addition, it also helps fight cravings. One study showed that eating a high protein breakfast reduced late-night cravings by 50%. Protein naturally suppresses appetite and fights cravings because of its effect on hormones. Specifically, it effects hormones that control satiaty, or how much we eat to feel full. In addition, it affects hunger hormones to naturally reduce cravings.
Lastly, eating protein naturally reduces caloric intake by up to 400 calories per day. When it comes to weight loss for women over 40, protein is a no-brainer.