Lower Metabolism: There are a couple of things that happen to your metabolism after the age of 40. First, your basal metabolic rate (BMR) decreases and, second, you expend less total energy (TEE) during exercise. Some experts suggest metabolism can decrease by about 5% for every decade after 40, which means you need about 60-100 fewer calories every 10 years. If you sit more, eat more, exercise less and deal with more stress throughout that decade, you'll probably need even fewer calories than that. Add that to the fact that you burn fewer calories during exercise and you've got yourself an equation for weight gain.

The Wild Diet focuses on whole foods: healthy fat-burning fats; organic vegetables; pasture-raised meats, poultry, and wild-caught fish; pasture-raised eggs and grass-fed dairy. I also find it beneficial to add in clean carbs like sweet potato and wild rice 1-2 times per week in the evening. People who are especially active, those who have a super-high metabolism, and some women do well adding clean carbs more often.
Endure the hard stuff: When faced with a setback or hardship some gym-goers simply throw in the towel and give up. The trick is to keep at it, endure, and outlast the setback. Eventually you will succeed. If you plateau in any aspect of your progress, make a pledge to stick with it, no matter how long it takes. The body isn’t a machine that operates under exact parameters. It will ebb and flow. You just need to stay the course.

Slimming down over 40 doesn’t have to mean meager meals. In fact, eating a big breakfast might just help you reach those goals. In fact, a 2013 study reveals that women who ate the bulk of their calories at breakfast lost more than twice as much weight as those who had the majority of their calories later in the day. And for more health news, check out the 30 Weirdest Things You Do in Your Sleep.
You’re about to discover how to get rid of annoying and agonizing belly fat for women over the age of 40! If you are a women thats 40 years of age or older, then you know just as well as I do that belly fat is unhealthy, not easy to lose when you get older, not appealing, and definitely NOT SEXY. We want to be our best, feel our best and look our best at all times, and to do that you must take be extremely conscious of your health and outward appearance. In "How to Lose Belly Fat for Women Over 40" You will discover what causes fat to build on your belly, what foods to eat to get rid of belly fat, the most effective exercises you can do to burn belly fat, and how to keep belly fat off for good and much more!

Here are the first three workouts you can do to #StartTODAY: Each one builds upon the one prior. These workouts are upper-body and lower-body focused, and are really good for someone who is either just starting out or has only worked out for a little bit. Sprinkle these workouts in over the course of two or three weeks, while you're doing a treadmill or elliptical workout on the opposite days, and you'll be on track to hit your fitness goals in 2015!


If you’re really serious about losing weight and getting in shape, you absolutely have to clean up your diet and take time for recovery! It’s simply not healthy to work out for hours and only focus on calories burned. You must also start incorporating more quality, unprocessed foods into your diet, stay hydrated, and get enough sleep! Need some help? Start tracking your food with the Runtastic Balance app to be sure you’re right on track!

Want to lose that belly fat? In your dreams! Seriously, though: a good night’s sleep is one of the best ways to get rid of that extra fat around your waist for good. Among the 60,000 women participating in the Nurses’ Health Study, those who snoozed for fewer than five hours a night were at the greatest risk of becoming obese and gaining 30 or more pounds over the course of the 16-year study period when compared to those who slept for seven or more hours.
Meal prepping takes a few hours a week, but it's worth it: By getting your meals ready ahead of time, you won't be so tempted to order your go-to Chinese takeout when you're tired and hungry after work. "When you plan an entire week of dinner in advance, you're way less likely to go off course and indulge in foods that aren't good for you," says Pamela Salzman, a certified holistic health expert and cooking instructor. And since you planned things out, you'll actually get the protein, fruit, and veggies your body needs — and you'll lose weight in the process.
Earlier this week, I was talking with one of my best friends. He’d recently started dating again after getting divorced from his wife of 11 years. And let’s just say that he wasn’t quite as lean as he was when they first met. Not only had his waistline expanded considerably, his confidence had taken a hit. He was disappointed with his lot in life, and didn’t feel good about himself and things in general.

“High Intensity Interval Training is more time efficient in caloric expenditure than a traditional cardio workout. Not only will your body burn more calories during HIIT workouts but you will also continue to burn more calories and fat in the 24 hours after a HIIT workout. That doesn’t mean you need to limit yourself to only sprint interval workouts on a treadmill, though; Go out and sprint hills, drag tires, and push or pull sleds.”

Well, I have one of those Aria Fitbit scales that measures body fat and then I can track my lean mass from week to week on the Ftbit dashboard. I don’t think it is that accurate. I am having a Hydrostatic test on Saturday. A guy comes around the gym in a big truck with a tank of water in it. I call it the Fat Wagon. Lots of folks don’t want to go near it. They don’t want to know the truth. 🙂


A little action between the sheets can mean a lot less weight on the scale. Not only is sex a great stress reliever, helping to lower the amount of belly fat-storage hormone cortisol in your bloodstream, but the results of a study published in Breast Cancer Research suggest that even moderate weight loss can help postmenopausal woman achieve a more favorable hormonal balance, making it easier to get in the mood. Fortunately, kicking the foods that kill your sex drive off your menu will have your libido soaring in no time.
The upshot of all these chemicals floating around is big trouble for big-bellied guys. In a study at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, researchers took 137 men of all ages and sizes and used seven different measurements to determine their risks of cardiovascular disease. The single best sign of multiple heart-disease risks? No, it wasn't the guys' family histories or their cholesterol profiles. It was the amount of abdominal fat they carried.

Aim to maintain a 500- to 1,000-calorie-per-day deficit to lose 1 to 2 pounds per week for the most manageable and sustainable results. You may lose a few extra pounds in the first couple of weeks of the plan as your body adjusts, but expect to lose, at most, about 14 pounds in the 50 days. Create the deficit by combining exercise and making wise food choices.
If you want to make this the year that you really do stick to your New Year's resolution, we're here for you. In these tips, you'll find a wide range of advice, from specific types of workouts to try, to the importance of good sleep and recovery, to actionable practical tips about how to set goals that are attainable and realistic and don't sacrifice your physical or mental health.
The short answer is, not much. But changes can and do occur. A carb is still a carb, but you may need to adjust a few things in order to compensate for things like a lessened recovery ability and metabolic rate. The good news is, you aren’t the average sedentary Joe. The fact that you train and eat right will go miles toward keeping you on the right side of the curve for your age. Supplement companies all clamor to sell you products promising a healthier, more youthful existence. But the reality is that nothing will affect your overall health and wellbeing more than proper eating and exercise.
As women approach menopause, fat distribution tends to shift toward the center of the body, likely due to a decrease in estrogen, say authors of a 2011 review in Biology of Sex Differences. This makes the struggle to lose belly fat more challenging for women over 40, but not impossible. Tweaking your eating plan and increasing your activity level – along with other lifestyle changes – will help you beat the bloat and improve your overall health and well-being.
"I never went to the gym at all until my friend Ricky turned me on to something he called the 24 Exercise Plan. You need an iPad, Season 1 of 24, and the discipline to only watch 24 while you're on a bike at the gym. The idea is that 24 is so compelling, you'll keep biking just to see how Jack Bauer gets himself out of this one. The best part about the 24 Exercise Plan is you don't have to pick 24, this works with any compelling TV show (I actually gave up on 24 after Season 3, or approximately 52 hours at the gym).

The meals shown here are "templates" that you can vary any number of ways to please your tastebuds and avoid eating the same old thing every day. Follow them and you'll get between 2,400 and 2,800 calories per day. That should provide plenty of calories for all but the most severely obese, while allowing most guys to lose fat around their middles at a steady pace. (Don't worry about hitting the numbers on the nose every time. If you exceed your fat quota during lunch, for instance, just cut back a little during dinner.)


“Starting slow and working your way up is better than overdoing it and giving up,” says Gagliardi. “I like the idea of attaching the new behavior of taking a walk to an existing behavior.” An easy way to approach it: Commit to going for a quick 10-minute walk after dinner, and slowly increase the time as you become more comfortable with daily movement.
Your thoughts about finding a trainer actually echoes what I had started thinking. I only hesitate because of my work schedule. I put in 75 hours last week, which although a little heavier than usual, isn’t unheard of. Although never legally married, I consider myself a widower and as a single guy I do all the cooking, cleaning, shopping, laundry etc. Plus I have two dogs that require my attention daily. So I’ve become a lot more of a homebody than I ever thought I would. The nearest reputable gym that I know of is about a 30 minute drive from my home, I just can’t commit to a 2 hour time requirement so I’ve been doing the best I can at home. I am thinking about doing a 1 month membership though, just to get the proper mentoring and training but just keep putting it off. Perhaps this winter when there is less outside work that needs done and I have a little more time on my hands. Thanks again for your response and advice.
If you were very active in your younger years, you may have had some injuries.  Like a spicy pepperoni pizza does after dinner, those injuries from your carefree days can come back to haunt you.  These ghosts of injuries past show up in the form of early arthritis, bone spurs, tighter muscles, pinched nerves, etc.  After our 30’s, new injuries also take longer heal.  No wonder we slow down.

"The main culprit that slows metabolism and often leads to yo-yo dieting is what I call shrinking muscle syndrome," says Caroline Apovian, MD, director of the Nutrition and Weight Management Center at Boston Medical Center and the author of The Overnight Diet: The Proven Plan for Fast and Permanent Weight Loss. Starting at age 30, most people begin to lose about half a pound of the metabolism-revving tissue each year. Poof! Gone, just like that. And at age 50, the rate doubles. "The average sedentary woman may have lost nearly 15 pounds of muscle by the time she reaches her late 50s, a change that could cause her to gain nearly the same amount in body fat," says Wayne Westcott, PhD, a Prevention advisory board member and the director of fitness research at Quincy College in Massachusetts.

Your tummy has the capacity to expand to the size of six baseballs, which makes it super easy to overeat. Next party, wear skinny jeans or a tight mini and a fitted top, and if you own Spanx, slap it on, too! These anti-expansion pieces are a great way to keep your stretchable stomach from, well, stretching. Pair your slimming outfit with a clutch rather than a strappy purse; this way, if you have a drink in one hand and your clutch in the other, you can't dig into the chili cheese nachos. Source: Tanya Zuckerbrot, R.D., author of the Miracle Carb Diet
Don’t pick a New Year’s resolution that’s bound to fail either, like running a marathon if you’re 40lbs overweight and get out of breath walking upstairs. If that’s the case resolve to walk every day. When you’ve got that habit down pat you can graduate to running in short bursts, constant running by March or April and a marathon at the end of the year. What’s the one habit you most want to change?
"I found myself gaining a lot of weight for no clear reason recently. After a lot of testing I received a tentative diagnosis for PCOS, a hormonal condition that can cause inexplicable weight gain. I wanted to get my weight under control and see if there was anything I could do to get more control over my health, so I started seeing a nutritionist and a personal trainer, and that's where everything changed.
Unfortunately, belly fat simply expands as we age. This is tied to an increased production of cortisol, the stress hormone. Combined with other hormonal factors such as low androgens, fat cells become inflamed and tissues expand to create fat where you want it least – around your middle. Called omentum, this blubbery tissue pumps out chemicals that keep you fat, creating a vicious cycle and potential health issues you can’t hide from, even with an oversized shirt.
You can start with a modified pull-up using a low bar, gradually working your way up to a jumping pull-up, a negative pull-up, a band-assisted pull-up, and finally, a full pull-up. Whichever exercise is appropriate to your starting place, make sure you move through a full range of motion, drawing your chest all the way to the bar with your elbows fully bent while squeezing your shoulder blades together, before extending your elbows as you lower yourself away from the bar. The motion should be controlled, regardless of which modification you use.
Slimming down over 40 doesn’t have to mean meager meals. In fact, eating a big breakfast might just help you reach those goals. In fact, a 2013 study reveals that women who ate the bulk of their calories at breakfast lost more than twice as much weight as those who had the majority of their calories later in the day. And for more health news, check out the 30 Weirdest Things You Do in Your Sleep.

Great Short Read. I love to the point information. I felt that the author had great insight into the problems women of 40 have with losing the belly fat I love the food suggestions and the workouts I felt like I got everything I needed to get started on the right path to taking control of my weight problems. I felt the encouragement from the author in the conclusion just what I need when I have been so down on myself. Thank you.


We know—you’ve been hearing this seemingly sadistic advice for years. Alcohol strains numerous organ systems, especially the liver, and drives your hormones out of whack. Plus, men in particular consume an additional 433 calories on days they drink, typically in the form of saturated fat, meats, and the booze itself, reports a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Kominiarek advises ditching the booze entirely [if you’re trying to lose weight], but adds you should at least limit yourself to two drinks per week.
For example, breakfast could consist of two eggs cooked with spinach and mushrooms alongside a whole-wheat English muffin; a smoothie made with cherries, a handful of spinach and Greek yogurt; or oatmeal with blueberries and cottage cheese. For lunch, wrap lean steak in corn tortillas and serve with a few slices of avocado, lettuce and salsa; eat a large salad with romaine, peppers, radishes, carrots and cucumbers topped with grilled chicken breast and olive oil dressing; or have water-packed tuna mixed with low-fat plain yogurt, chopped celery and lemon juice on a whole-wheat pita with carrot sticks on the side. Dinner could be 3 to 5 ounces of any roasted, grilled or broiled protein -- such as salmon, tofu or turkey -- with brown rice or quinoa and two cups of steamed vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, zucchini or green beans.
Hey, night owls: Aim to finish your workout at least three hours before turning in to ensure smooth sailing into Slumberland. Breaking a sweat too close to bedtime might sabotage your sleep because cardio boosts blood flow, which can energize you and make it harder for your body to relax and doze off. Try to exercise no later than the early evening to give your body enough time to cool down and, well, get sleepy. Sources: National Sleep Foundation and American Council on Exercise
"When you do resistance training, it causes a degree of microtrauma, or tiny tears, to the muscle tissue," says Dr. Westcott. "Over the next 48 to 72 hours, your body remodels and heals that tissue with amino acids, making it stronger—or, if you're just starting out and need to gain muscle mass, the muscle slowly grows." This throws coals onto your metabolism's calorie-burning fire in two ways: First, the more muscle you build, the more calories you'll burn each day. Second, the rebuilding process itself requires extra energy, boosting your daily calorie burn by 5 to 9%.
Not in an extreme, Atkins sort of way, but having a little protein at every meal fires up your metabolism. "Your digestive system uses more energy to break it down, so you burn more calories," explains Lisa Dorfman, R.D. However, keep protein levels to between 20 and 35 percent of your diet; eating too much of it can cause kidney strain and may cause your body to store too much fat.

You don’t have to go low-carb to ditch those extra pounds around your waist in a short period of time. In fact, opting for more whole grains might just get you there faster. Researchers at Tufts University have linked eating three or more daily servings of whole grains to as much as a 10 percent reduction in visceral body fat, the kind that ups your risk for chronic diseases, like diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.
People naturally lose muscle after 40, especially women after menopause. Because muscle burns more calories than fat, this can slow down your metabolism and make it harder to shake those stubborn pounds. Strength-training exercises -- lifting weights or doing body-weight exercises, like push-ups and squats -- at least twice a week can help you keep those muscles.
Kick off your weight loss today by skipping the artificial sweeteners. Researchers at Yale University have found a link between artificial sweetener consumption and an increased risk of obesity and excess belly fat, but nixing them from your diet could help you get rid of those unwanted pounds. Skipping the sweeteners may have another benefit for women of a certain age, too: many women find that artificial sweeteners can trigger hot flashes, so cutting them from your diet can help you keep your cool.
We also love yoga, hula-hooping (yep, great for the abs) and the good standby “Abs of Steel” videos, and trust me the outfits in the 1990’s video will increase the cardio aspect just from laughter alone! There are also a slew of videos online, find one you love and can stick to every few days and you’ll be toning as you shed the unwanted belly fat.

It is possible to do more in less time — at least when it comes to your workouts. By incorporating interval training — that means bursts of high-intensity moves — you’ll give your metabolism a huge boost, says Glenn Gaesser, Ph.D., director of the Kinesiology Program at the University of Virginia and author of The Spark. If you usually jog at a consistent pace, try adding a 30-second to one-minute sprint every five minutes, or, if you’re on a treadmill, change up the incline for one-minute intervals.
You don’t have to resign yourself to long, boring hours slogging away on the treadmill. Fat-loss training is more about programming your body to be a fat-burning machine, rather than simply trying to burn some calories during training. The key is a plan that will stimulate fat loss and set your metabolism in motion, so it can become more efficient and effective at processing nutrient-rich foods for the long term. In other words, don’t think of just burning fat in the gym, think of revving your metabolism to work as a calorie-burning furnace throughout the entire day.
Time in front of the TV: We love a DVR-athon, too, but people who tuned in for two or more hours daily had weaker back and ab muscles (by up to 10 percent) than those who viewed less than two hours, regardless of their overall activity level, researchers from the University of Oulu note. An hour of tube time is fine, especially if it motivates you to hit the gym. Worthy of watching: Smallville's Tom "Clark Kent" Welling and Justin "Green Arrow" Hartley, whose super fly abs sure make us want to breathe heavier.
On the first day she gave me a full Functional Movement Screening assessment, which tested my mobility in a range of different motions. I scored a 12 out of 21. Then we had an extensive conversation about my lifestyle. My diet? Mostly healthy with a little too much splurging and issues with portion control. Sleep? Not enough. Water? Not enough. Do I drink? Yes.
"I never went to the gym at all until my friend Ricky turned me on to something he called the 24 Exercise Plan. You need an iPad, Season 1 of 24, and the discipline to only watch 24 while you're on a bike at the gym. The idea is that 24 is so compelling, you'll keep biking just to see how Jack Bauer gets himself out of this one. The best part about the 24 Exercise Plan is you don't have to pick 24, this works with any compelling TV show (I actually gave up on 24 after Season 3, or approximately 52 hours at the gym).

If you eat healthy and exercise regularly and still can’t lose weight, your thyroid might not be working like it should. This happens in about 5% of people, and it's most common in women and people over 60. In addition to weight gain, it can also cause fatigue, joint or muscle pain, and depression. Medications can help, so get it checked if you think it might be an issue.


When you’re busy with work, kids, and life, you can be tempted to grab food on-the-go or multitask through a meal. But you’re more likely to overeat -- and be hungry again soon after -- if you don’t focus on your food. Sit down for meals and tune in to what’s on your plate (not what’s on your TV or computer screen). That helps your brain realize when you’ve had enough.
Almonds, peanuts, walnuts, pistachios — at GH, we're nuts about nuts! People who snack on nuts may have lower abdominal fat than those who munch on carb-based treats, according to a 2015 study in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Nuts are rich in monounsaturated fats, a heart-healthy (and more satisfying) pick than their grain-based counterparts.

11:00AM: Giant salad with fresh organic greens, sprouts, nuts/seeds, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and feta cheese drizzled with olive oil. Or if you’re short on time, whip up a green smoothie blended up with organic veggies like broccoli, celery, spinach, cucumber, fresh mint leaves, olive oil, soaked chia seeds, purified water, and a dash of stevia.
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