Losing Weight In Your 40s 0
in Fit on the Side Healthy Living Weight Loss

Losing Weight In Your 40s

Losing weight in your 40s.  I was recently at a family dinner when the talk turned to diets and weight loss (hey it could have been politics). It was a strange and interesting thing to watch because on one hand, they were for the most part really well versed in the complexities of food. For instance, pretty much everyone could name which food fell where on the Glycemic Index, they knew the caloric value of a meal and almost everyone was enumerating which foods they had just eliminated from their diets. On the other hand though, no one was actually very fit or healthy. There was a very clear and missing piece to this puzzle which we call fit and healthy.

When we are in our 20s and early 30s, weight loss isn’t that tough. We simply eat a little less, workout a little more and the pounds seem to melt off. As we get older, staying fit is harder, the pounds pack on and it takes a lot more to get them back off again. Now, this is isn’t to say that it’s not possible to be in shape and even athletic, it just takes more work.

I had this amazing client for a while who, in her 50s, decided that she was going to enter an Ironman competition. As far as I know, she was always active but never a full-on athlete (or at least not for a long time). Her metamorphosis was incredible and by the time the competition rolled around she was in an incredible shape. She’s a true inspiration for what’s possible if you just set your mind to it.
Of course, I’m not saying that we will all (or even most of us) become athletes, but it is very possible to stay in great shape as we age.

losing weight in your 40s

LOSING WEIGHT IN YOUR 40S

Eliminate underlining health issues. This really applies to any age, but if you are truly doing everything in your power to get healthy (eating clean and working out regularly) and you aren’t seeing any results then it’s probably wise to go see a doctor. There are many conditions that could be impeding you on your road to success. This could be anything from food allergies/sensitivities to an underactive thyroid to other hormonal imbalances. Thyroid issues can be very frustrating, so if you are having issues, know that you are not alone. Read: Underactive Thyroid And Weight Loss.

Improve your eating habits. So, you know that you can’t eat whatever you want, whenever you want and you’ll have to adjust accordingly. Think about it this way, if you take in as little as an extra 100 calories a day (that you don’t burn off) that will lead to a 9-10 pound weight gain in a year. Repeat this pattern over the course of a few years and suddenly you’ll find yourself carrying a lot of unwanted pounds. What’s 100 calories? 1 large apple, 1 medium banana, 1 cup low fat plain yogurt. It’s easy to overeat without even realizing it. For more tips read: Why You Are Not Losing Weight. For many women, low bone density will become a bigger issue, so you might want to look at increasing your intake of calcium, but other than that if an eating plan is already working for you then stick with it.

Workout regularly. With age comes more responsibility and less precious free time, so regular exercise doesn’t always make the cut. As you age, however, it’s even more important to make time for regular workouts. The trend is to lose muscle and you want to do everything you can to reverse that effect.  Not only will building muscles help keep your bones strong, but it will also help keep your metabolism active and running at its optimum levels. Above all, don’t be afraid to lift weights. (Why Women Need To Lift Weights)

Get enough sleep.  When it comes to regulating your metabolism and losing weight, getting enough sleep is an important piece of the puzzle. A lack of sleep affects your production of cortisol which regulates your appetite, so you’ll find yourself turning to food even when you are full.  Not only that, but your body might not be able to metabolize carbs as effectively which will increase your blood sugar levels.

Don’t deprive yourself. At this point in your life you should have a healthier approach to food. There’s no reason not to treat yourself, just be mindful of how much and how often you are indulging. One trick that I like to use when it comes to desert, is to ask myself how much I really love it? If this is the best desert ever then I’ll have some, if it’s only okay,on the other hand, then I don’t eat it. This takes some time to implement, but it’s definitely worth it in the end.

Be patient. The basics of weight loss actually remain the same whether you are in your teens, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond. The major difference is that as you get older it get harder to lose the weight. The worst thing you can do is jump on the latest and greatest bandwagon. Slow and steady wins the race and drops the pounds. It’s all about adopting a steady pace with both your diet and workouts and not worrying about one “bad” day. Make the conscious decision that you are done with diets forever and that from now on, it’s all about eating mindfully.

losing weight in your 40s
Over the years, I’ve met some really amazing women who were committed to being healthy and fit and their age was irrelevant to that equation. There’s no reason to spend hours and hours in a gym or starving yourself, it’s about making small informed choices everyday and in the end, it just comes down to how much you want it.

Let’s continue the conversation on BLOGLOVIN and INSTAGRAM

IF YOU ENJOYED THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SHARE IT AND SIGN UP FOR REGULAR UPDATES

blogger
images courtesy of dollarphotoclub

Caroline

Caroline has been dancing ballet and modern for most of her life. She has worked as an indoor rock climbing instructor, personal trainer and most recently, a top level, fully certified Pilates instructor teaching high profile athletes and Hollywood celebrities.

Latest posts by Caroline (see all)

    You Might Also Like

    7 Times It Is Okay To Skip A Workout

    Talk Fitness With An Expert

    How Breathing Can Improve Your Workout

    5 Daily Habits That Hurt Your Health

    No Gym Arm Workout

    10 Easy Ways To Get More Fit

    Which Style Of Yoga Is Best For You

    Eat Carbs And Lose Weight

    How To Feel Confident About Your Diet

    Best Warmup For Your Workout

    Best Stretches For Runners

    How To Speed Up Weight Loss

    Exercise And Your Skin

    Why Not Drinking Enough Water Can Make You Fat

    What Happens To Your Body When You Stop Exercising

    Frequently Asked Fitness Questions

    September Ab Challenge Recap

    Why Should Women Lift Weights

    What Is The Deal With All These Diets

    How To Know If You Are Exercising Too Much

    Why You Need To Cool Down Post Workout

    Why Should You Meditate

    How To Feel Confident When Working Out

    5 Day Workout Plan Part 2

    What To Do When You Plateau

    How To Make Exercise A Habit

    FitWise A Sneak Peek

    20 Minute Workout From FitWise

    How To Deal With Muscle Cramps

    Working Out After 40

    How To Incorporate Pilates Into Everyday

    Everyone Can Learn To Love Exercise

    Killer Abs Ball Workout

    What If I Hate The Gym

    Is Training Harder Better

    What Is Pilates

    Why What You Wear To The Gym Matters

    Foot And Ankle Exercises

    How To Get Your Diet Back On Track

    At Home Quickstart Workout

    Summer Health And Beauty

    Your Summer Fitness Guide

    Tips On Working Out In Summer Months

    Muscle Imbalance And Back Pain

    Best Travel Workout

    How To Easily Get Fit And Healthy

    Why Do We Focus On Weight

    My Gym Bag Essentials

    5 Best Abdominal Exercises

    Urban Hiking The New Workout

    Pocket Fitness Guides

    How To Increase Flexibility

    Best Exercises If You Are On Your Feet All Day

    How To Detox Your Body Naturally

    How To Become A Runner

    Morning Stretches True North Fitness Guide

    Free Weights VS Machines

    How To Be A Better Athlete

    How To Choose The Best Running Shoes

    Why Exercise Is Good For Your Skin

    Sports Drinks VS Water

    Natural Energy Drinks

    How To Have Energy After Lunch

    How To Stay Healthy For The Holidays

    What Is Your Perfect Workout

    How To Cut 500 Calories A Day Without Exercise

    How To Increase Your Bust Size

    How To Alleviate Back Pain

    Yoga VS Pilates Which One Is For You

    September Ab Challenge Week Two

    When You Don’t Have Time To Workout

    Best Foods To Give You Energy

    Lean Greens Review

    Best Gifts For The Fitness Lover

    How To Deal With A Bad Workout

    High Impact VS Low Impact

    11 Most Common Workout Mistakes

    Should You Exercise When You Are Sick

    A Beginners Guide To Gym Equipment Part 2

    The Importance Of Stretching In Style

    Can I Lose Weight And Still Eat Sweets

    Working Out Diet And Your Period

    Everything You Need To Be A Runner

    How To Wear Athleisure

    Stretching Mistakes You Might Be Making

    Fitness Fanatics Shopping Guide

    Are you Over Exercising

    Best Stretches For Relaxation

    Losing Weight In 2017

    Best Recipes For Food Sensitivities

    When To Listen To Your Body

    How To Curb Emotional Eating

    Beginners Guide To Gym Equipment Part 1

    Traveling With A Sensitive Stomach

    Is Running Bad For Your Knees

    How To Increase Your Endurance

    All About Your Knees

    Cold Weather And Muscle Pain

    The Truth About Abs

    How To Come Back After An Injury

    Benefits Of Walking

    5 Cardio Myths Debunked

    What You Should Know About Fitness

    How To Deal With Bloating

    Ultimate Foot Guide And How To Relieve Foot Pain

    6 Best Exercises For Runners

    How To Get A Shapely Butt

    Succeed At Working Out

    Post Workout Beauty Hacks

    Diet Foods To Avoid

    Underactive Thyroid And Weight Loss

    Best Headphones For Working Out

    How To Relieve Joint Pain

    Best Arm Exercises For Summer 2015

    Muscle Pain VS Injury

    Must Do Morning Stretches

    How To Work With A Personal Trainer

    Running Outdoors in Winter

    Why Do I Need To Stretch My Calves

    What To Do Post Workout

    Hit The Gym In Style

    September Ab Challenge Week Four

    Get Fit The Easy Way

    September Ab Challenge Week One

    Your At Home Workout Routine

    Theraband Workout

    Your Guide To Killer Abs

    Top 5 Fitness Posts of 2015

    How To Feel Good About Your Body

    Ballet For Fitness: Is Back In Style

    How To Workout In The Morning

    Top 10 Songs For The Gym

    How Important Is A Warmup

    How To Treat Sore Muscles

    How To Buy The Best Running Shoes

    5 Stretches To Do Before Bed

    How To Maximize Your Gym Time

    How To Buy Workout Clothes

    Tips On Getting And Staying Fit In 2016

    Best Exercises If You Do Manual Labour

    How To Actually Lose Weight

    All About Pilates

    Best Stretches If You Sit At A Desk All Day

    7 Healthy Morning Habits for Looking And Feeling Your Best

    6 Tips To Stop Bloating

    How To Improve Your Posture

    The Basics Of Hip Stretches

    FitWise Straight Talk About Getting Fit And Healthy

    Is being thin enough

    Should I Use A Heart Rate Monitor

    Best Stretches Pre And Post Swim

    How To Incorporate Exercise Into Everyday

    Why Your Workout Suddenly Feels Hard

    Cute Workout Gear For Every Body Shape

    Your Must Do Morning Workout

    8 Ways To Learn To Love Running

    How To Keep Your Diet On Track

    October Fashion Beauty And Fitness Picks

    The Importance Of Cross Training

    How To Be Healthy Without Trying

    Muscle Imbalance And Knee Pain

    Pros And Cons Of The Elliptical

    Home Gym Must Haves

    5 Day Workout Plan Part 1

    Why Is Sitting Too Much So Bad

    Is CrossFit Right For You

    Foods That Reduce Stress

    20 Minute Workout By FitWise

    How To Make A Short Workout Count

    Why You Should Take A Dance Class Now

    Shoulder Stretches

    Muscle Imbalances And Upper Body Pain

    Fitness Terms You Should Know

    Treadmill Running Charts

    How To Eat Healthy Without Trying

    Why Is Exercise So Important

    How To Strengthen Your Bones

    Health Fitness And My Thyroid

    How To Choose A Personal Trainer

    A Fool Proof Easy Way To Lose Weight

    Stay Fit And Healthy For The Holidays

    How To Maintain Weight Loss

    Ultimate Weight Loss Guide

    How To Start Running

    Run Better With These Easy Tips

    Caffeine And Working Out

    Can Food Really Burn Fat

    How to Stick With Your Diet When No One Wants You To

    The Truth About Protein Shakes

    Toning VS Bulking Up

    Staying Fit When You Have No Time

    Best Complimentary Activity For Your Workout.

    Your Workout Motivation

    Great Metabolism Myths

    Best Exercises To Tone Your Glutes

    Why You Shouldn’t Weigh Yourself

    Diet And Fitness Tips You Need To Ignore

    What To Eat Pre And Post Workout

    How Much Weight Can You Lose In A Month

    Best Exercises For A Desk Job

    Tips For Getting Back To The Gym

    Fitness Myths Debunked

    Killer Foam Roller Ab Workout

    How To Stay Healthy In Winter

    What To Look For In A Smoothie

    September Ab Challenge Week Three

    How To Ease Sciatic Pain

    Get Fit While Watching TV

    Wrist Exercises For Bloggers

    What To Eat Before A Party

    How To Stay Healthy While Traveling

    How To Keep Gym Clothes Fresh

    Why You Are Not Losing Weight

    The Only Diet You Need Is Balance

    Best Low Impact Workouts

    How To Love Your Body

    Best Exercises For a Toned Back

    Why You Are Doing Your Ab Workout All Wrong

    Do I Really Need To Workout

    4 Ways To Turn Your Walk Into A Workout

    European Travel Italy

    How To Boost Your Metabolism

    Ballet Inspired Leg Workout

    2 Comments

    1. Wow! What a great post. This really spoke to me because I’m 42 and really need to get healthy, so I’ve started to implement healthier foods into daily diet. However, this post gave me some crucial things to think about. It’s not only about exercise and food, but also about an all around healthy lifestyle. Thank you for sharing.

      1. My pleasure! I hope it helps and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to drop me an email!
        xo

    Comments are closed.

    By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

    The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

    Close