Why Weight Loss Routines Stop Working in Your 40’s And Fixes That’ll Help
To lose weight after forty is difficult but not impossible. After turning 40, there are many changes that take place in a woman’s body that she may not be aware of. While you might feel like your normal usual self, it might just come as a realization that your body has changed. Your body might have gained a few extra pounds and you just won’t feel the same any longer.
Women experience real changes as they get older and also due to menopause which often leads to weight gain. However, they remain unaware of such changes most of the time. Here are some of the changes that take place in your bodies after 40:
1You become less active
When concerning weight loss after forty, exercise can fall to the bottom of your priority list, since most of your time will be taken up by your career, family, and friends. Furthermore, your joints aren’t as strong as they once used to be.
Joint injuries or overuse resulting from all the years of exercise will only make you give up on your favorite activity. This is one factor that can make you feel out of shape.
How to avoid this:
Try to be active as much as you can. You don’t need to spend hours at the gym or going for long runs. Just find some physical activity or sports which you enjoy doing and stick to it. If you have any injuries that may prevent you from engaging in your favorite activity then try finding another activity which involves normal movement. By staying active, your metabolism will work better and your mood will improve as well due to the endorphins released.
2Fluctuation in hormones
Hormones are the main reason behind the changes your body undergoes. Hormones are the chemical messengers responsible for controlling most of your body functions such as hunger, and reproduction.
According to Alyssa Dweck, MD, gynecologist and assistant clinical professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, your levels of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone start fluctuating as you reach menopause. This causes numerous changes such as mood swings, decrease in lean muscle mass and bone density, and lower libido and the urge to be physical.
How to cope with it:
Talk about this with family members or an online group rather than resigning yourself to grinning and bearing it all by yourself.
Middle aged women tend to accumulate a lot of stress from their daily activities which involve caring for their children and parents, managing their career and finances, and so on. When your body is stressed, it secretes cortisol which is the stress hormone.
Excessive secretion of cortisol causes the blood sugar levels to decrease which makes you want to eat more, especially sugar. This results in fat being stored around your belly and also put at a greater risk of developing heart disease and diabetes.
How to prevent this:
Engage in stress-relieving activities like meditation and yoga. You can even take to reading or coloring or join some art class to calm yourself.