According to Dr. Oz, a woman’s metabolism slows down by 5% every ten years after she hits 40. Ouch.
It’s no wonder that we find ourselves packing on the pounds, especially around the midsection, no matter what we try to do to keep it off. It’s almost like our body gives up on us, right?
After age 40, it’s more like our body needs to find new ways to work properly.
Think of it as a new body and deal with it head-on. Like, “Okay, body, what do we need to work on today to get you to where you need to be?”
Sure, there will be a lot of tweaking after 40 to figure out what your body needs from you to keep the extra weight off.
But, it can be done when we learn about the 40-year-old body and take the right steps to put it back on track.
- Get to Know Your Body
First things first: You need to understand your new body.
This takes time, and that’s okay.
A woman’s body after 40 usually needs different nutrition and exercise to keep it going than it did when you were in your 30s. And, you have likely changed.
Spend some time getting to know yourself and your body. What still works in the losing weight department and what doesn’t work as well?
Your body may not be able to handle a mile-long run for daily exercise anymore, but yoga may be both calming for you and toning for your body.
Did three cups of coffee in the morning never seem to influence your weight gain before? Try cutting back to one or two cups and see if your weight goes down.
It seems simple, but the point is this: CHANGE THINGS UP!
During this discovery process, you may be able to pinpoint some trends in your weight gain and loss to help you more effectively target problem areas through your 40s.
Get Plenty of Sleep
According to Health, sleep problems tend to begin in our 40s. You may find yourself tossing and turning at night, not being able to avoid naps during the day, or waking up extremely early in the morning.