our metabolism slows down by about 5% for every decade of our lives after we hit age 40. This means that, on average, women have to cut 100 calories from their diet daily just to remain in the same shape. However, there are other easier and even surprising ways to burn those calories, like turning down your heat at home.
We have gathered 8 efficient methods to stay thin or lose weight when you are over 40 years old.
1. Do the right exercises
With the metabolism slowing down, it’s important not only to do your daily 30 minutes of cardio but to also include 4 to 5 resistance training sessions a week. Exercises like clams, step-ups, crunches, bird dogs, and push-ups are great for maintaining healthy muscle mass and burning even more calories. Walking at least 10,000 steps per day is also a great way to aid your metabolism, keep fit, and lift your spirits.
2. Get your vitamins
Our body has different needs for different periods of our lives. For women over 40, it’s essential to include calcium, vitamin B12, potassium, magnesium, vitamin D, Omega-3, and probiotics into their diet.
And it shouldn’t even be a bad or an unpleasant thing, since Potassium, for instance, can be found in avocados, dried apricots and, of course, bananas — and all of these, let’s face it, taste good! Calcium can be drawn from almonds and yogurt, and you can get the necessary dose of vitamin D by simply, well…tanning! Not such a horrible scenario! Just as long as you wear sunscreen.
3. Stay on schedule
Eating regularly, but frequently, should become a priority. Skipping meals messes up your metabolism: your body gets the signal to start storing up calories instead of burning them, and you get the opposite of what you were hoping for.
And don’t forget that eating a good breakfast is critical since it gets your body going for the whole day while nighttime snacks are bad both for your stomach and your weight.
4. Don’t forget to rest
Beauty sleep” isn’t just good for your skin — it also helps your body stay healthier and leaner! Research proves that sleep deprivation fosters your brain to make bad decisions (snack on junk food, skip workouts) plus it messes with the hunger and fullness hormones, ghrelin and leptin, meaning you can easily overeat and not even notice!
So put away your phone and your computer before bedtime and let yourself get as much sleep as you possibly can!