I agree with people when they say “age is only a number” when they are talking about your attitude, but our bodies age with every day that passes, therefore, cutting back on a few calories simply doesn’t work like it used to.
Stress of family life, medications (including years of birth control pills), careers, environmental toxins, chronic dehydration and more, have a toll on our bodies so we gain some extra layers of cushion that just doesn’t seem to budge when we start cutting calories and using the elliptical trainer for an hour.
Don’t fret, there’s hope to lose the fat and get stronger when you are over 40.
Here are 7 things you can begin to focus on so you can begin to have more energy, feel so much better and lose the weight that doesn’t seem to budge:
1. Sleep – It is the number one thing you can do to help your body release the fat and recover and repair itself.
You’ll have less cravings, make better choices with every decision in life and enable your body to respond to exercise.
2. Cut out the crappy food and nightly glass of wine- You know it, but do you really know it?
Seed oils (sunflower, canola, soybean, corn, safflower, grape seed) – read your labels and cut them out now.
High fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners are also wrecking havoc in your body.
Wine and alcohol is not metabolized like food and when you are over 40 your body doesn’t metabolize it like you were when you were in your 30s.
3. Focused Breathing – Yes, I know you are breathing, but I’m talking about proper 3-D breathing.
Not only does this get your body aligned and using your respiratory muscles, including your respiratory and pelvic diaphragms properly, it activates your parasympathetic nervous system which is your rest and digest system and on most people, under active.
Think about your mid-section like a balloon, it expands to the all side, not only the front.
Inhale through your nose for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds, exhale through your mouth for 4 seconds and hold for 4 seconds. This is an easy place to start. You can lie on your back, too, if you are a just getting started.
4. Get outside – In addition to being a protein pusher, a lift heavy stuff pusher, I am a “get sunshine on your eyeballs” pusher.
Morning sun and afternoon, Vitamin D, sun is critical.
5. Hydrate with water – Like it’s your job. Not coffee, not tea, not juice.
An absolute must to lose weight, cut cravings, improve your sleep, fix digestive issues and nourish your muscles and joints.
Drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of plain, pure water.
6. Lift weights – Go heavy.
Heavy weights affect your hormones in a positive way. Growth hormone and testosterone elevate.
Be intentional. Do it to get stronger. Do it to empower yourself, to be healthy and improve to your mental game.
7. Sweat and poop – Maybe this should have been #2;) on the list, ba dum dum.
Seriously, though, pooping should occur daily. I know some docs say “if your normal is every 3 days than that’s your normal”, but when the bowels don’t move, metabolic waste products, like those from hormones, get reabsorbed back into your body and can wreak havoc, plus you just don’t feel like yourself.
Sweating is also how you can detox your body, it’s not only a mechanism for cooling us down.
8. Change your paradigm – Your paradigm is what is ultimately holding you back from become the strong and fit woman with abounding energy. A paradigm is a series of beliefs and habits that control our behavior and it is why we get in our own way, move forward one step and take two back or why we can’t seem to succeed when we say we want something. Once you believe, deep down in your subconscious mind, that you are a strong, lean, fit woman, the weight will come off.