Fat loss can be a tricky game, especially as women hit their 40s and 50s.
A woman’s hormones really begin to shift and change and we can’t “get away with” eating, drinking and living on the edge like we could in our 20’s and 30’s.
The cumulative effects of emotional stress, skipping meals, not getting enough of the foods that truly nourish and repair our bodies, food additives/pseudo-food plus the natural shift as you head into peri-menopause and menopause make it harder “win” the game of fat loss.
It doesn’t really feel like a game, though, rather it can feel like misery.
If you think your hormones are not acting like they should, you may need help from specialists In the field of hormonal balance, but in the mean time, help yourself and give your body the best foundation you can.
1. Go to bed before 10 p.m. (and wear blue blockers, especially if you are looking at any type of screen). Our hormones shift throughout the day and night and we you stay up late you are not giving your body the full opportunity to produce growth hormone and testosterone and lower cortisol.
2. Eat protein, fiber and fat at all meals. Everyone is different when it comes to how much they need, but the number one macro-nutrient women don’t eat is PROTEIN and ideally from a meat source (I know there are some vegans/vegetarians reading this but I am a proponent of meat eating for most people). You need all three macro nutrients for cells to repair, for vitamins and minerals to be absorbed, to feel energetic and to keep hunger hormones in check.
3. Lift weights. Add some resistance to your “cardio” days. Lifting helps regulate hormones, builds muscle and unlike hour long cardio sessions, positively influences your hormonal balance for hours after the session is over.