When individuals hit their 40s, their bodies go through many changes. Due to hormonal and other changes, the growth rate of their cells slows down. It is a natural aging process; therefore, if you are in your 40s, you need to learn to work around it. Some individuals in their 40s also suffer from medical issues that drastically affect their weight. Here are some tips that can help you in weight loss when you reach your 40s:
Monitor your eating habits and physical activities
Burning calories is a simple science. What you eat must be burned off with physical activities and exercises, or you will gain weight. If you consume 100 extra calories, a day (calories that you are not able to burn), then you will gain of 10 pounds over the course of the year.
When you reach your 40s, your activity level is most likely to go down thus you will start gaining weight. Therefore, you need to keep track of what you are eating and avoid eating calorie-filled snacks.
Eliminate thyroid problems
One out of five individuals over the age of 40 has thyroid problems. The most common thyroid problem is known as hypothyroidism. It causes an under-active thyroid. As a result, individuals who have it are not able to lose weight. Are you one of them?
Eat small meals through the day
According to the Dr Julie Taw, one should eat more frequently but consume less food every time you sit down to eat. This way, you will also be able to control your blood sugar, and you will not feel tired easily. The trick is to have a small meal after every four hours that will be around six small meals per day.
Benefit from your body’s natural rhythms by eating meals at the right time
Experts have guaranteed the fact that eating snacks or dinner after 9 p.m. will simply make you gain weight. On the other hand, whatever you eat in the morning will burn down due to your metabolism. Therefore, avoid eating after 9 p.m.
Consume fat-fighting food to trick your metabolism
Some food like cinnamon, Greek yoghurt, hot peppers and grapefruit actually help your body burn calories that you consume. Research about such food items and start including them in your diet.
Muscles are your allies!
You can effectively use your metabolism to burn calories, if you have more muscle mass. Most individuals, who reach their 40s, do not make an effort to exercise. You should change that if you plan to lose weight.
Sleep well to burn more calories
According to the neurologist, David Simon from Chopra Center in California, a good night’s sleep will help you lose weight. Research shows that lack of sleep triggers two hormones: leptin and ghrelin. These hormones result in more craving for sweet and salty food.
Make realistic changes in your life
You can lose weight but do not expect it to happen in one month. Furthermore, adopt the tips mentioned above slowly in your life. For example, you do not need to start exercising one hour a day to build muscle mass. Start with twenty minutes of exercise and gradually increase the time. With gradual changes, you will lose weight and feel great too!