Dieting for Women Who are Forty-Something

by WLCFW on July 24, 2013

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If you’re a woman in her forties, then it should come as no mystery to you that dieting to lose weight at this age isn’t quite the same thing that it was when you were in your twenties. For that reason, you will need to take an entirely different perspective and use different methods in order to achieve your goal weight.

The reason is that you are now dealing not only with a metabolism that runs more slowly than it used to, but you may also have issues with hormones to contend with, which can have certain side effects that make it harder to lose weight. Among them are bloating, poor thyroid function, and fluid retention. All of those can make you look bigger or make it harder for you to shake each additional pound of fat that is stored on your body.

Beyond that, when you’re in your forties, you may not be sleeping as well as you used to. Women who are forty-something are often chronically sleep deprived. That makes weight loss more difficult for a number of reasons, as it makes it more challenging to have the energy to exercise, and inadequate sleep can cause you to make poor eating decisions, as chronically tired people crave more fats.

If you’re looking for the best approach to losing weight while you’re in your forties, then stop looking back to the way that you used to drop the pounds when you were half your current age. Instead, work on adopting an overall healthy lifestyle. By giving your body what it actually needs to function at its best, then it will help you to be able to lose weight much more effectively. It will help to cleanse an overburdened liver, will help you to metabolize food more quickly, will promote improved sleep, and will give you the energy that you need to start incorporating more exercise into your daily life.

This lifestyle change isn’t as difficult as you might think, but it does involve altering some of your habits. Primarily, it means that you will need to decrease or eliminate your dependence on processed and packaged foods. These are high in fats, sugars, sodium, and chemicals. At the same time, they are low in nutrients in fiber. This means that you eat more of it and obtain less from it, except for bloating and weight gain.

Next, you’ll want to start to work more exercise into your life. A little bit at a time is all you need. Even a thirty minute brisk walk every day in the morning or immediately after work can be all you need to make a tremendous difference. It may seem like a nuisance to think about, but once you get started, you’ll realize that it’s much simpler than you thought and the time goes by very quickly.

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