“I suffer from body dysmorphia, and consequently I really abused my body like crazy. Whether it was overeating, eating the wrong things, or eating to stuff my emotions down. I was also drinking a lot. Those habits didn't go away when I became a trainer, and I felt like a humongous hypocrite. As time went on, I realized that I had a responsibility to my clients to walk the walk and talk the talk. I needed to make changes.
When Johns Hopkins researchers compared the effects on the heart of losing weight through a low-carbohydrate diet versus a low-fat diet for six months—each containing the same amount of calories—those on a low-carb diet lost an average of 10 pounds more than those on a low-fat diet—28.9 pounds versus 18.7 pounds. An extra benefit of the low-carb diet is that it produced a higher quality of weight loss, Stewart says. With weight loss, fat is reduced, but there is also often a loss of lean tissue (muscle), which is not desirable. On both diets, there was a loss of about 2 to 3 pounds of good lean tissue along with the fat, which means that the fat loss percentage was much higher on the low-carb diet.
The challenge of fitness over 40 isn’t just the limited number of hours in the day. Chances are, you may not be in the type of shape you once were. At 20, you could go to the gym on little sleep and less than optimal eating habits and just kill it. Now you may need a kick in the pants just to make it to the gym. Plus, your body may not respond like it used to either.
Arteries (are-te-rease): The blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood away from your heart for delivery to every part of your body. Arteries look like thin tubes or hoses. The walls are made of a tough outer layer, a middle layer of muscle and a smooth inner wall that helps blood flow easily. The muscle layer expands and contracts to help blood move.
Too little sleep or too much sleep can throw your stress and regulatory hormones out of whack, and may lead to weight gain. A single night of sleep deprivation can increase levels of ghrelin (a hormone that promotes hunger), making you more likely to overeat the next day. Reduced sleep may also lead to fatigue during the day (duh) and less physical activity, which may be another reason why people who regularly don't get enough sleep tend to gain weight.
If you ever needed an excuse to eat more avocados, this is it. People tend to steer clear of healthy fats when they're trying to lose weight, but they might just be the solution. Studies show that by simply adding some avocado to your lunch every day, it'll fill you up enough that you won't be mindlessly munching on junk food later. "Slice one in half, sprinkle a little sea salt, and eat the inside with a spoon," says Alexandra Samit, a Be Well Health Coach at Dr. Frank Lipman's Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in NYC.
If you really want to go for weight loss, you're going to have to work at it and you're going to have to work harder than you did before, doing up to 350 minutes of exercise each week. We have to exercise more frequently and more vigorously to compensate for the typical weight gain associated with aging. There are some important points to consider if you go this route:
Our Director of Audience development is obsessed with her Peloton bike. A former Soul Cycle addict, the Peloton now proudly sits in her living room, where she can access on-demand classes with the tablet screen that’s attached to the cycling bike. It’s the best of both worlds, a tough workout that makes you feel like you’re surrounded by others in a studio, all in the comfort of your home.
I’m not going to spell out an exact eating plan, as everyone will have their own particular requirements. But I will list a few general guidelines to help you devise your own plan. These are generalized suggestions, and may not be suited for every individual over 40, but they are the key points that I’ve found helpful throughout my time north of 40:
In addition to the sit up, a popular, easy and effective ab exercise is the classic crunch. To get flatter abs with a crunch exercise, lie on your back, put your feet flat on the floor and bend your knees. Loosely clasp your hands behind your head. Tilt back to flatten your back against the floor. Slowly curl your shoulders up from the floor about 30 degrees, making sure you don’t pull up on your neck. Hold for a second and then lower. Start out with two sets of 8 reps and gradually work up to 12 reps.
Are you a woman over 40 and noticing it’s getting harder to lose weight? Got some extra stubborn fluff and puff around the middle? Maybe you’re finding that the diets you did in your 20’s or 30’s don’t work as fast as they used to or don’t even work at all! If you’re already well past 40, chances are you’ve found it’s harder to lose weight. And, those inches around your waistline won’t budge.
"I have four children, and I started my weight loss journey after the third child. I got pregnant again and had to start all over. The second time around I learned a lot more. The first time I tried to lose weight, I thought the best way to do it was go for a walk, count your calories, and eat whatever you want as long as you stay in your calorie range. But I was burning myself out, eating food that wasn't good for me and wasn't helping me. I successfully lost weight, but I wasn't feeling good. After I had my fourth child, I decided to learn about clean eating. As I did that, I felt so much better. It was like night and day. The energy! I was able to train more efficiently, focusing on protein and healthy carbs, things of that nature.
Move over chocolate milk—the perfect recovery drink may be two 10.5-ounce glasses of pure cherry juice, according to a recent study from Winona State University. Researchers found that tart cherries contain these high-antioxidant, anti-inflammatory agents called anthocyanins, which may help alleviate achy muscles post-exercise. Source: Nancy Clark, R.D., a sports nutritionist in the Boston area and author of Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook
En febrero del 2016 la Superintendencia de Industria y Comercio de Colombia ratificó una multa a Jorge Hané Laboratories Colombia por 709 millones de pesos colombianos (más de 245 mil dólares). La sanción fue por hacer publicidad engañosa con las pastillas adelgazantes Reduce Fat Fast. Es que, según esa oficina estatal, la empresa no tenía estudios médicos o científicos que comprobaran que las pastillas eran efectivas para “eliminar la grasa, reducir peso o disminuir medidas corporales”, tal como anunciaba el comercial.
Offset the natural loss of muscle mass as you pass age 40 with weight training. Hit the gym at least twice per week to perform, at minimum, one set of eight to 12 repetitions of an exercise for each major muscle group. If you use the muscle, your body will slow the rate at which it lets it naturally slip away. This keeps your metabolism humming at a relatively high level and makes weight loss more manageable.
3. Tabata: Tabata is another form of interval training and involves 8 rounds of 20 seconds exercise followed by 10 seconds rest. Sounds easy enough but exercise should be done at a high intensity. This exercise can be done using rowing machines, dumbbells or thrusters. This is a tough exercise and is best for those who have very less time in their hands.