Yes, it may be true that it’s more difficult to lose weight after 40 but before you nod your head with that “I told you so” look, my reasons may surprise and annoy you. You see, after helping hundreds of people lose hundreds of pounds over the last 21 years (many who were 40 and older) I’ve found that the only reasons we may struggle with weight loss over 40 is because of some habits, behaviors and thinking that’s been holding us back. Once we change them, you’ll be amazed at how well your body begins to respond. Ready? Here they are:
1. You’ve become more sedentary- there’s a good chance that you’re not nearly as active as you used to be. Sure you may be putting the time in at the gym but if that’s the majority of movement you’re doing throughout the day, it’s simply not enough. Think about it: Do you drive to work, find the closest spot then take the elevator to your office where you sit at a desk all day? When your work day is through do you reverse that same routine but add in sitting on the couch after a long day until it’s time for bed? If so, you may find that over a period of 24 hours...you're hardly moving!
2. Loss of muscle mass- You know the saying “use it or lose it?” That especially applies to your muscles. With a lack of use, you lose muscle which (besides helping us look sleek and sculpted) also fires up our metabolism. If you’re not exercising and moving much throughout the day or if your exercise routine lacks adequate muscle building, you’re losing muscle that in the past was keeping your metabolism strong. Studies have found that it’s never to late to start and the benefits out way any excuse you can think of. Just start slowly and if you need some direction, get it from a certified fitness professional who can put you on the right track.
3. Lack of accurate or updated information- Anyone who’s telling you that you’re too old to lose weight is either projecting their lack of weight loss success on you or is offering you information that’s simply untrue. They may be sharing with you (or you’re believing yourself) information that’s outdated or simply inaccurate. For example, years ago we were told that a low fat, high carbohydrate was the key to weight loss. That model is perfect…if you want to GAIN weight! Nothing packs on the pounds faster than empty calories coming from sugar while driving our hunger, encouraging fat storage as well as illness and disease. Add that to lowering your fat intake and you’re always hungry, looking for the next piece of bread, cracker, cookie or donut. It’s entirely possible to achieve your sexiest and leanest body yet with the right information coming from a qualified health professional or at least, the right information.