How we perceive age is often a result of psychosocial factors, rather than the actual physical age. That being said, there are certain physical changes that do occur within our bodies with the passing years and once you hit forty, those changes become more apparent than ever before. So, if you are planning to lose some weight for this summer, you need to understand that it’s not going to be as easy as it was five years ago, but it isn’t going to be that hard either! To help make the most of your workouts and diets, here are four things that you should remember.

Gaining Fat is Now Easier than Losing It

Practically speaking, this is pretty much the case irrespective of your age, but once you cross that 40-year-old mark, this fact becomes ever more prominent. The increase in fat occurs due to a slowed down metabolism, falling estrogen levels, and unstable insulin levels in the blood. This means that you will need to be extra careful with your diet now since those occasional cheat meals are going to be a lot harder to burn off after forty.

Eating Less is Important

In most cases, cutting back on food is a bad idea because, ideally, you should be looking to replace unhealthy sources of food with healthy ones, rather than starving yourself! However, since your rate of metabolism has now slowed down a bit, your portions and total calorie consumption needs to match your goals and age. It would be impossible to recommend a daily calorie intake without knowing the particulars such as height, weight, exact age, medical conditions, physical conditioning, etc., of the person in question, but the general idea is to cut down a few hundred calories by sticking to smaller portions for each meal throughout the day.

Skipping Meals is a Bad Idea

We just discussed that you will need to cut back on portions, but it is not even remotely the same as skipping meals. As insulin spikes and crashes are quite common in women after forty due to the effects of menopause or perimenopause, you cannot go without eating for a long time because that teaches your body to store away food in the form of fat to make up for the absence of immediate energy. In addition, it will also increase your cravings for junk food, sugar, and carbs to an almost irresistible level.

HIIT is Better than Cardio

Now, there are contrasting opinions about this in the fitness world, but a lot of recent research and studies are showing that high-intensity interval training aka HIIT is a better option for older people to lose weight than traditional cardiovascular exercises. If you are trying to lose weight fast, ask your trainer about this and get him/her to make you a workout schedule around HIIT.

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