If Life Begins At 40, Does Weight Gain Too?

By Jon Allo

When reach reach 40 or thereabouts our metabolism slows down and middle age weight gain becomes much more of an concern in our lives. As our metabolism lessens so does our body’s capacity to burn calories. If we keep eating the same amount of food our bodies will start to turn the excess calories into fat. The more over weight we get the less active we become. So how can you avoid middle age weight gain?

The answer is to have a weight loss plan that incorporates a mixture of diet and exercise. A good diet will cut the number calories that you are eating and exercise will burn off calories that you eat.

What You Eat Matters.

As we become older, our bodies start to produce fewer digestive enzymes. This alters the way that our bodies breakdown and process nutrients. To combat this, stay away from foods that are high in sugar and fat. Fat contains more calories and is one of the main causes of weight gain, particularly around your stomach.

Make the effort to eat more vegetables and fruits because they are low in calories and high in vitamins and minerals that the body needs, which, makes them high quality calorie foods. There are a lot of vegetables that are filled with fibre which are filling, low in calories and help digestion. For instance broccoli is a great food for your weight loss plan. It contains nutrients that help balance out other food elements that trigger the body to deposit fat in the abdominal area.

What you drink matters too. Many times thirst feels like hunger, and instead of drinking we eat. Water is one of the few beverages that has no preservatives, no sodium, and no calories. Aim to drink a minimum of 8 glasses per day. If you find it difficult to drink just water, add in some freshly squeezed lemon or lime.

What You Do Makes A Difference.

Exercise helps your weight loss plan by increasing your muscle mass and is how to boost your metabolism for women and men. The best exercises for weight loss are aerobic workouts and resistance training.

Aerobic workout routines strengthen the heart and the cardiovascular system. Your body burns more calories when your heart beats faster. The longer you keep your heart rate up the more calories you will burn. Aerobic activity includes cycling, running, going for walks and swimming.

Resistance, or strength, training focuses directly on the muscles. It increases muscle mass and when you do this, you also improve your metabolism. This means that your body will burn calories not only just during a specific workout bur even when it is a rest.

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