Is it Really Harder to Lose Weight After 40?
Understanding the difficulties of losing weight after 40 is the first step to taking charge of your health. After 40, our metabolism slows down and hormonal changes can make it harder to lose weight. However, it is still possible to achieve our weight loss goals. In fact, understanding these changes can empower us to make more informed choices about our lifestyle.
I understand how frustrating and confusing it can be to gain weight suddenly in your mid-40s. The scale numbers are not the only thing that matters. The extra body weight and belly fat can also affect our energy, mood, and motivation to be active.
In my case, the 30 pounds I had gained prevented me from doing the very activities that once helped me in maintaining a healthy weight.
Turning 40 marked a pivotal moment for me, a wake-up call to reassess my approach to weight loss. I realized my usual methods weren’t working anymore, so I needed to adjust to my body’s changing needs. For people over 40, what used to be easy may now need a different way of doing things.
When helping clients after 40 to lose weight, I emphasize the need to understand how our bodies change as we get older. No one-size-fits-all solution exists, but certain strategies can make a significant difference. A lesson I had to learn firsthand led me to implement changes that yielded positive outcomes.
So, what did I do differently? How did I break free from the weight gain cycle and reignite my metabolism? It’s not about fighting aging; it is about working with it, finding harmony between our body’s needs and our goals.
Why am I Gaining so Much Weight in My 40s?
Women over 40, if you’re wondering why you’re gaining weight in your 40s, you’re not alone in this frustrating experience.
One significant player is the natural slowdown of metabolism that accompanies aging. As we get older, our bodies calorie burning slows down, making it harder to lose weight compared to when we were younger.
Hormonal changes also play a pivotal role. The decline in female hormone levels, especially during perimenopause and menopause, can trigger weight gain, particularly around the abdominal area. Hormonal changes affect fat storage, energy levels, and well-being. These changes can make the usual weight loss tricks that worked in our 20s and 30s less effective, requiring a more tailored approach.
Addressing weight gain after 40 involves a detailed approach. Knowing what your body needs now and making choices that match those needs is important. This might include changing your diet, and finding effective stress-management strategies.
This journey is unique to you. Accept and embrace the changes in your body. You can go through this chapter with grace and feel empowered.
How to Lose 20 Pounds After Age 40
After I had gained 30 pounds in my 40s I worked hard to lose 20 pounds and I did, in about 10 weeks. Then the rest started falling off over a few weeks and have stayed off.
To lose 20 pounds after 40, you need a plan that considers how your metabolism and hormones change.
- You may need to adjust the food you eat everyday to help your metabolism work better.
- You may need to change the type of exercises you do. Resistance training for example becomes vital to maintain lean muscle mass.
- You may need to pick out a water bottle you like and drink more water than you have before.
- You may need to adjust your sleep habits and not try to get away with 5-6 hours of sleep anymore. Good sleep allows for healing and a better metabolism.
- You may need to learn new ways to reduce stress in your life to prevent cortisol spikes which lead to weight gain.
- You may need to look at metabolic and hormone testing differently than before, in a more comprehensive way.
Here is exactly what I did to enhance losing weight after age 40. It worked for me and has worked for hundreds of my patients.
How to Speed Up My Metabolism After 40
To begin, we look at Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone TSH. (TSH) test measures the amount of TSH in the blood. TSH levels show how well your overall thyroid is functioning.
For optimal weight loss with proper metabolism effort, TSH should be between 1.0. and 2.0. The problem is that traditional medicine considers anything under 4.5 normal.
Comprehensive metabolic testing includes Free T3 which is best around a 3.2. Free T3 is vital for optimal thyroid functioning. The main thyroid hormone speeds up your metabolism.
A terrific book titled “Why Do I Have Thyroid Symptoms and My Labs Are Normal” exists. This book discusses the significance of testing for thyroid antibodies. If thyroid antibodies are positive it indicates autoimmunity against the thyroid. A gluten free diet would be helpful when this appears in labs.
By removing gluten, you are calming down the attacks against your thyroid which enables it to speed up.
Our metabolic testing looks at other components that may be slowing down your metabolism.
- Our test checks if your liver is storing fat instead of using it for energy.
- Our test checks the amount of oxygen in your cells which indicates if you have good energy, vitality, and health.
- Inflammation levels like homocysteine, leptin, and c-reactive protein significantly affect how fast your metabolism works.
- We check your levels of vitamins like B12 and folate, which help your body burn fat efficiently.
How Saliva Hormone and Cortisol Testing Helps Women Start Losing Weight After 40.
Saliva tests show whether your fat cells are trapping hormones, giving insights into the obstacles that may hinder your weight loss. The results of my first saliva hormone test shocked me. All my hormones were high.
No wonder I looked so puffy and felt extremely hormonal. I had hormone overload in my tissues. When I took some supplements and adjusted my diet to fix the problem, I started losing weight even more.
I have seen the opposite effect cause women to gain weight. Low saliva hormone levels can contribute to high cortisol levels. Elevated cortisol can increase your appetite, cause unwanted weight gain, anxiety, insomnia and slow your metabolism.
We study saliva hormones and cortisol levels to assist with hormonal imbalances that make losing weight after 40 seem nearly impossible.
Food Intolerance and Difficulty Losing Weight
We use Food intolerance testing to find hidden food culprits that may be sabotaging your efforts. For me, I have to avoid apples, carrots, parsnips any food that has fat content or I will gain weight rapidly.
Once you receive your food intolerance test results, you can adjust your diet. This can be done by eliminating foods that cause inflammation and weight gain.
Why our food intolerance test and not another?
Our test looks at around 180 foods and in two immune pathways, not just one. It looks at IgG which shows you about inflammation and weight gain. It also looks at IgA which tells you which foods are negatively affecting your gut health.
Gluten Intolerance Testing for a Faster Metabolism
In my comprehensive testing approach, I also prioritize evaluating gluten intolerance. Many people have trouble digesting and absorbing the protein gluten. If you have a gluten intolerance and you keep eating gluten, one result can be trouble losing weight.
I find that many of my gluten intolerant clients also have intolerance to the proteins in all grains. To achieve long-term weight loss, often, a diet free from all grains, not just gluten, is necessary. People know this as a Paleo Diet or Grain Free diet.
Our gluten intolerance test is extremely comprehensive, unlike traditional labs. It tests for ALL of the gluten components, not just 2 or 3 and in both immune pathways, IgG and IgA. If you test positive for gluteomorphine, it means you may feel addicted to gluten protein found in bread. Prodynorphin indicates the gluten can be causing pain in your body.
A gluten-free diet provides various benefits, including better digestion, reduced inflammation, relief from gut issues, improved nutrient absorption, increased energy, healthier skin, enhanced cognitive health, and more.
The Importance of Environmental Toxin Testing in Determining Fat Cell Toxicity
In general, toxins from the environment we live and work in can cause weight gain. This happens because our bodies respond to toxins by creating fat cells to block the toxins from affecting your health.
By encasing toxins into fat cells, your body is protecting you from toxins going to your major organs.
When you follow effective methods to safely detox your body and eliminate toxins, it can result in weight loss.
WHAT TO DO NEXT?
Take advantage of this opportunity to finally achieve your weight loss goals without frustrations and disappointments.
Let me help you in your transformative journey and regain control of your body and well-being.
I lost 30 pounds in just 12 weeks and you can too! I will show you what to do.
Hey! I’m Alane Stieglitz-Wincek. I grew up on sugar and plenty of junk food and had no clue how my diet effected my health.
I changed my life and have worked as a holistic nutritionist and naturopath, for over the last 30 years. I help people get healthy, fit and lean, find hormone happiness and recover from all sorts health challenges.
Obsessed With: my family, my dog, my clients, loving life, and living it to the fullest!