Hormonal weight gain, ugghh!!!
Losing weight after for 40 or even 35 can be hard, but you can DO it!
As a person who makes my own clothes, I notice right away when I gain a couple of pounds. Most of my clothing is fitted so I can't hide behind stretchy waistbands.
I have always been weight conscious and started working out at a gym at the age of 16. I've been working out regularly since those days, excepting the four times I was pregnant and when my kids were little babies. ( Instead I worked out with videos during those times). Regular exercise always worked for me and I never really had to watch what I ate very much.
But the last few years, and especially since I turned forty I noticed exercising alone wasn't working for me. My weight was creeping up and I felt I couldn't do anything about it. Within two years I gained over 10 pounds which was is lot of weight for me. My resting weight, the weight my body settles at when I am exercising regularly but not vigorously, and eating healthy, but not dieting, had just gone up 10 pounds for no apparent reason. And I wasn't happy about it. I felt matronly and no one likes to feel matronly, do they?
The truth is our metabolisms slow down as we get older. Plus, our bodies start making more estrogen and less progesterone. Excess estrogen and excess insulin from sugars in the body equals weight gain. To top it off, this weight often settles in the stomach, the least attractive spot to have fat on your body! A little extra in the bust or hips often looks fine, but in the tummy? Tummy fat just looks bad no matter how small or big you are. Plus, it puts you at risk for heart disease.
In the past few months, I've done a lot of research and feel I have found a system that works for me....
No. it's not easy, but it does seem to work.
I've lost six pounds so far with five more to go....
So here are a few tips I have to share with you:
- Try to get at least 3 hours or more of exercise a week. Preferably MORE. Make sure you do equal weight training to cardiovascular exercise.
- But do you know what? Exercise alone won't make you lose weight. It takes about an hour to burn 400 calories walking briskly. Have a mocha latte afterwards, and all those results are gone. POOF!
- I would say when you are trying to lose weight your diet is 70% important and exercising is 30% important.
You can lose weight without exercise but you will still be flabby. Wouldn't you rather be firm and fit? Then you have to exercise.
Your heart will thank you!
Go to the health food store and buy these supplements:
- Progesterone Cream: This helps rebalance your estrogen. It's a natural cream made from yams and the benefits for women over 35 are improved moods if you suffer from PMS and balanced estrogen, preventing that dreaded belly fat.
- CLA or Conjugated Linoleic Acid: This Amino Acid is supposed to reduce body fat, increase lean muscle mass, and enhance fat burning.
Eating to decrease your insulin and lose weight
Another rotten thing about getting older is our bodies make more insulin which is created by specific foods in the diet. Lower your insulin and your body's metabolism will increase... but you will have to change your diet.
- Cut out all refined flours, white rice, and corn from your diet.
- Cut out all added sweeteners, real and artificial!
- Make sure you eat lean protein in every meal and snack.
For meals aim for about 4 oz. of lean protein like salmon, lean beef, or chicken. Eating protein at every meal helps you feel fuller and keeps your blood sugar or insulin levels low. Eggs are a great source of protein. Hard boil some eggs and keep them handy for snacks, and putting in salads. If you really want to go lean try buying some egg whites and making an egg white and veggie veggie omelette in the morning.
- Never skip meals.
- Give up white potatoes in all forms.
- Eat as many vegetables and most fruits as you want!
- Try out whole grain side dishes instead or your usual refined flour sides
- Drink a large glass of water before every meal.
- Don't eat anything after dinner!
I think the one thing that works best for me in the no bread rule. I would love to hear back from you if you try some of these tips. Let me know if they work for you!
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