It’s as if hitting that 40 milestone puts a big halt to the metabolism, you lack energy, gain weight easier, and it becomes 10 times harder to lose weight! Shouldn’t it get easier as we age, not harder? I wish! Here are a few tips on how to lose that belly fat for women over 40.
If your first thought when seeing belly fat was to stop eating, join the gym, and live an life of sadness from now on, just hold your horses for a minute there.
It might take you a little longer to lose that belly than when you were 18 years old, but it’s not impossible.
In fact, following these steps below can make it a whole lot easier than you think.
1. Refine The Refined.
The number one step in taking immediate action against unwanted belly fat is to refine the refined, which is another way of saying cut out processed foods.
It’s an important step to lose belly fat, and it can be quite hard sometimes.
What kind of foods are we talking?
- Processed Meats.
- Store bought juices.
- Bread, pasta, white flour, baked goods, etc.
These are some of the processed foods to limit in your diet. Another one to look out for is anything with added sugars!
The issue with eating a lot of these types of food is they are unhealthy, and full of calories (most are empty calories).
Sugar is addictive. If you need help cutting down give 9 Easy Tips To Become Sugar Free Intake a look.
2. Move Your Body
The second step is to get your body moving with some aerobic exercise, get your blood pumping and your heart rate up. All people, not only those above 40 should include regular exercise into their routines as it’s a vital step to lose belly fat.
Even if you walk/jog/run for 30 – 60 minutes a day, do a yoga workout, or hit the gym for some intense weight training, some exercise is always better than none.
Regular exercise helps to lower your risk of some serious diseases and helps to maintain a healthy body. It’s a key part to our health.
Check out 10 Weight Loss Motivational Quotes To Get Motivated for some inspiration!
Did you know that the human body is made up of more than 60% water? That’s
Now, how much water you should drink varies from person to person but is roughly around 2.7 litres for the average women, which includes water intake from food and drink.
- Curbs cravings and helps you to feel more full, meaning you’re less likely to snack on junk foods.
- Water aids in cleansing your body of waste and toxins from your, as well as helping your digestive system to run more smoothly.
- If you’re living or working in a hot climate, water will help to keep your body cool.
- Prevent dry mouth and bad breath.
- Water helps your muscles and joints function properly by providing adequate nutrients.
Drinking 2 – 3 glasses of water when you first wake up helps to hydrate your body after sleeping, and improve daily digestion. By dong this you will also be kick starting your metabolism for the day, and should see a boost in energy.
Not a huge fan of plain water? Read 7 Health Benefits of Lemon Water for a couple of detox recipes.
4. Eat clean
Before reading this step, think about what eating clean is to you and how you perceive it.
A simple way to put it is – If you’re diet consists of processed foods, you’r not eating clean. Clean eating is imperative to losing belly fat, especially after hitting the big three zero.
This step requires a little more will power and positive thinking than any other. You will need to choose the healthier less processed options above any other. This cuts out things such as dairy products, pasta, bread, etc. You can quickly see why more will power is needed for this step!
Another key to clean eating is choosing lean protein sources (organic if possible), and including more nutrient dense foods into your diet. The 4 main foods you should be eating are:
- Lean protein (animal, plant-based)
- Complex carbohydrates (brown rice, yams, etc)
- Healthy fats (avocado, olive oil, etc)
We go into more detail in our BHL Fat Loss Program about the portions of these foods.
5. You control the food, not the other way around
You’re in charge of what you eat and how much you eat. You will need to measure and take control of your portion sizes for every meal to ensure you’re not over/under eating.
Eating small meals throughout the day is by far the easiest and beneficial for losing belly fat. Try to eat 4 meals a day spread out as breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner. Spread your diet evenly between all four meals to help curb any cravings you may get.
An example for breakfast would be 3 eggs and 1 cup of vegetables. It’s easy, nutritious and will keep you powering through until the next meal. Skip out on the breads, dairy, and spreads because they will do nothing but slow you down.
Controlling your food portions and eating clean will aid with any bloating of uncomfortable full feelings that your experience, mainly because you won’t be eating hard to digest foods!
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