1.21.2014

Lose Weight after 40

Are you 40 and want to lose weight? Well, as a registered nurse, certified personal trainer, and weight loss and cookbook author, and woman who lost close to 60 lb.s after the age of 40, I am going to give you 5 things you can do to shed those stubborn midlife pounds. First, let's look at the reasons why it is imperative that you lose the weight NOW. 

Have you ever lifted or carried around a 40 lb. bag of water softener salt? I have and I think it is dang heavy--and I lift weights. As a matter of fact, I usually reserve the chore for my weight lifter husband or buff son. Now add another half bag to that load. That is a considerable amount of weight to heft around. I would know. I did it for years.

Extra weight adds pressure on joints, back, and feet. Not to mention there is an emotional toll as well as a physical one. Excess weight leads to health problems and increases our risk for adult onset diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. That is not a pretty picture.

Now compound that with the fact that women begin to lose muscle at a steady rate after the age of 35 and their metabolism begins to slow. So why is this a problem? Let me briefly explain. Fat is NOT metabolically active. Fat does not burn calories. On the other hand, muscle is metabolically active, and does burn calories, even while we are at rest or asleep. Bottom line, we want to preserve what muscle we have and gain more. We also need to change our bodies on a cellular so that our metabolisms stay high and keep revving like a furnace.

Here are the 5 things you need to do to lose weight over 40.

1. Eat the Skinny-liciuos way. The Plan is found in my new weight loss cookbook: Skinny-licious: Lite and Scrumptious Recipes for a Slimmer You. This book is available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Books and Things, Utah's Costcos, Deseret Book, Seagull Book, and other fine bookstores.

2. Lift weights or engage in resistance training. Inexpensive hand weights work well. This helps us maintain lean muscle mass as well as increase it. This is an important step in losing weight after 40.

3. Interval training.We need interval training to create muscle confusion and also to build muscle. Like with resistance training, even after interval training, our body continues to burn calories. Interval settings are often built into cardio machines. Boot Camp and Spin Classes are other examples of interval training. In other words, instead of going slow and steady at one pace, mix up the pace, resistance, and incline to create your own interval training.

4. Supplement. Assuming, you are eating the healthy, tasty Skinny-licious way, you should be getting most your vitamins and minerals along with your macro nutrients. However, as we age, it is a good idea to use supplements to enhance and ensure that no weight loss supporting nutrient is missed like Chromium, Selenium, and CoQ10. 

5. Drink water--at least 8 glasses. Every function in our body requires water.

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