You can look forward to gray hair, wrinkled skin, aches and pains you never knew existed, and of course, muscle loss during weight gain. This is why it is so important to continue practicing healthy habits as we age.
How To Lose Weight Fast After 40?
When we turn 40, our metabolism drastically stops. Suddenly the foods that you ate in your twenties and thirties without any problem make you look like you are in your third trimester. According to research, our metabolism slows down by 5% every ten years after the age of 40.
OK! Let’s dive into the best ways on how to lose weight quickly after 40.
Step 1. Get proper rest
Lack of sleep leads to weight gain. I can’t stress this enough, get the right amount of sleep. You should strive to get 6-8 hours of rest each night, and at least 8 hours if you spend some time at the gym.
You need to allow your body to replenish and effectively regulate all weight loss hormones.
3 main hormones play a role to lose weight :
Growth hormone – the main role of hormones is to burn fat, build muscle, and maintain our youth.
Cortisol – the stress hormone – plays a big role in weight gain
Insulin – a hormone in the body that regulates the amount of glucose (food that turns into stored energy) in the blood.
Lack of sleep throws all of these hormones out of control. All it takes is one night of less sleep for an increase in cortisol levels, lower levels of growth hormone, and greater development of insulin resistance.
As we get older, sleep becomes more difficult. Our bodies produce less melatonin, we spend more time in the light stages of sleep versus deep sleep, and we experience a pile of physical changes (aches and pains) that we did not make in our youth and that all interfere with our sleep.
My suggestion is to have a steady schedule and try to sleep at the same time every night. Comfort is the most important factor in losing weight. Without it, you will not have the energy to exercise, your hormones will be everywhere causing you to snack on unhealthy food options, and you stress your body a lot.