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Weight Loss and Heart Health After 40

June 2, 2011

I read this first paragraph of an article on weight loss after 40 and could totally relate:

Women's heart health after 40“Every year, it s​eems, the needle on the scale is a little harder to budge. You cut back on portion size; you say, ‘No, thank you,’ to dessert; you sign up for an aerobics class -- and yet your jeans size goes up and your energy level goes down. What's going on?"

The author, Melanie Haiken, explained, “Starting in our early 40s, our bodies go through a series of changes that affect the very core of our being. Thanks to hormonal and other changes, the very growth rate of our cells slows down. Some of these changes are the result of the natural aging process. It's just something we have to learn to work around.”

Here are the ten tips from Caring.com for understanding the challenges that prevent weight loss over 40, and for learning how to work with them for our optimal heart health.

  1. Get to know your body's new biological rhythms -- and adjust to them.
  2. Eliminate underlying metabolic conditions.
  3. Adjust your eating habits for maximum energy.
  4. Choose mealtimes that take advantage of your body's natural rhythms.
  5. Trick your metabolism with fat-fighting foods.
  6. Make muscles an ally in your weight-loss campaign.
  7. Get more sleep to burn more calories.
  8. Strike up a healthy relationship with your sweet tooth.
  9. Forget dieting. Instead, focus on your fuel-to-energy ratio.
  10. Make slow, realistic changes in tune with your lifestyle.

Basically what the above steps tell us is to listen to our bodies and then make sure that we adjust even the healthiest habits to fit.