How To Lose Weight When You are 35, 40, or older!

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:
Exercising Tips
  • 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.

Weights are important because they build muscle. More muscle equals a faster metabolism so you can eat more without gaining weight. And you will get rid of those old lady turkey arms…

  • 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.

I see a lot of women at my gym who exercise a lot, yet they are still overweight. Obviously, they are eating the wrong things.

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!

Supplements
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.
Eating Tips
  • Cut out all refined flours, white rice, and corn from your diet. 

That means giving up bagels, buns, wheat bread, tortillas, white rice, cookies, cakes, etc. You can have one type of bread only: The sprouted, whole grain flourless type. Ezekiel is one brand you can find in a lot of shops. But only one slice Why not corn tortillas, you ask? OK you can have a corn tortilla once in awhile but don’t make a habit of it. But no cornbread. Ever. All of the refined grains increase insulin in the body and make the body receptive to depositing fat. It’s a bummer.

  • Cut out all added sweeteners, real and artificial!

Real sugar, corn sugar and artificial low calorie sweeteners. That means no more diet sodas, the bloggers go to drink, right? The body tastes the artificial sweetness and automatically craves more. It’s also said that although diet sodas don’t have any calories, they make you bloated. Just ask Dr OZ! You need to shock your body into not craving sugar. If you really need something sweet have  apiece of fruit. I didn’t say it would be easy!

  • Make sure you eat lean protein in every meal and snack.

Greek yogurt, no oil hummus, nuts, and a tiny bit of cheese (1 ounce) are great snack items.

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.

If you aren’t hungry at lunchtime or breakfast eat something anyway. When you skip meals your metabolism slows down.

  • Give up white potatoes in all forms.

Eat potatoes, look like a potato, it’s as simple as that. Although they are a vegetable, they have so much starch in them,  your body is tricked into believing they are sugar.

  • Eat as many vegetables and most fruits as you want!

Get a good cookbook and look up some good side vegetable recipes because while you are trying to lose weight you will be eating mostly vegetables, lean protein. just don’t put lots of butter or oil on them. Go easy on bananas, sweet potatoes, and carrots which have  a lot of starch.

  • Try out whole grain side dishes instead or your usual refined flour sides

Quinoa, couscous, barley, brown rice, and amaranth all make good replacements for bread and potatoes. Plus they have tons of fiber in them that you need.

  • Drink a large glass of water before every meal.

It will help to fill you up and is great for your skin.

  • Don’t eat anything after dinner!

No popcorn in front of the TV, no snacking at the fridge, nothing. Your body needs to have time to burn fat while you sleep. If it is busy digesting, it won’t burn any fat. Why not take advantage of your body’s natural fat  burning process?
 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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-McKenzie

Comments

  1. Deb says

    Great tips. I’ve just turned 30, but after having two children and working full-time; my body is definitely not the same. Thanks, Justine!!!

  2. Lizzy says

    Thanks for these tips! I am 40 and in the last 3 years it has been more difficult to loose weight, I go to the nutrioligst but honesty it’s very very difficult for me to eat as I I should, as you say, all thextra weight goest to the tummy :(

    • Justine of SewCountryChick says

      I found when I cut out the refined flour stuff it was easier to lose right away.

  3. sewVery says

    I have never eaten red meat. I mean never! As a child, I was so picky, but my parents did not worry because I ate nuts, cheese, milk, and bananas. Today, I eat very little meat at all, and when I do, it’s chicken, turkey, or occasionally pork. Your post is very interesting and has me thinking hard about ways I could improve me current eating habits. I’m not sure I could do all the things you suggest, but if I do one or two, I’m sure my body would thank me! Thanks for spelling it out so it’s easy to understand!

  4. says

    Thank you for taking the time to post this. I love the honest, good, and not always easy way to loose approach to this. I agree.

  5. Jane says

    Great post. I am 52 years young and I follow pretty much all what you say. I maintain a good weight and keep a close check on it. I f one sticks to this recipe most of the time there is room for treats.
    Another rule I follow is to serve yourself a good portion, not too big not too small. No second helpings.

  6. says

    Great advice. I have a glass of water when I get up because my mother was a cardiologist and she said water first thing in the morning cuts the risk of heart attack. I also have diatomaceous earth twice a week ( a tbsp in a green smoothie). The silica in diatomaceous earth builds bone, and make skin, hair and nails shiny. Get at the health food store for food quality De. You can also buy it at the hardware store but that is feed qualitiy (its good for plants and live stock too.)

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  8. Mie@Sewing Like Mad says

    This is a great post Justine. Clear and simple instructions. I just turned 36 years old and this post reminded me (again!) that I really REAALY have to start exercising soon……the sewing room always seem so much more attractive than the gym, tsk tsk.

  9. Merche Martinez says

    I agree with all your suggestions and tips! I´ve been working as a fitness instructor for over 20 years now and I always get that look when I suggest the older ladies to workout with weights and it is so difficult to make them understand they won´t go looking all bulky after a couple of months that it is good for the reasons you stated here. Also what you say about diet being the 70% and exercise 30%. Spot on!

  10. St. Louis Beginner says

    I know that everyone has to find their own system, but I don’t believe it’s not necessary to elminate specific foods or ingredients from your diet to lose weight. I am 43 and recently lost 20 lbs by recording my calories and my fruit, vegetable and water intake in a food diary. I eat healthy, but if I want a piece of bread with my soup or a baked potato, I enjoy it. I work out 4 times a week for about 25-30 minutes, running or swimming at the fastest pace I can stand for that time period.

    The one thing that IS different is the time factor. In my case, it took about 6 months for my metabolism to finally kick in and start burning. In my 20′s and 30′s, when I needed to drop 10 lbs I often saw changes after just a few weeks of better habits/water intake. This time my body hung onto it for dear life.

    And I do agree with the no eating after dinner rule — that has definitely helped me keep it off.

  11. St. Louis Beginner says

    sorry — meant to say above that I DON’T believe it’s necessary to elminate specific foods or ingredients from your diet …

  12. marysews says

    We are all into real food, and find that butter and coconut oil have healthful and filling properties.

  13. Becky (My Fabric Obsession) says

    thanks so much for the tips. I’m always trying to get rid of the refined flours in my diet but it’s so hard when I love them so and have them on hand for the kids. I’m still working on it though. And I”m off to the health store today to try the products you recommended.

  14. says

    I’ve never been a huge fan of these “lose weight quickly” type articles. The problem with most of the methods is that, most people end up putting the weight straight back on.

    If you want to lose weight permanently, then visit: http://www.healthandfitnessdiets.com. Thanks to the great diet plans and workout routines, I’m currently in the best shape of my life and look great. Furthermore, the weight is staying off!

    However, remember there are no shortcuts or magical secrets to a great body – it’s simply a result of hard-work and not giving up!

  15. says

    I am basically doing all the things you mention and I have lost 4.2 kilos in 5 weeks. My goal is for my 40th birthday which is in 8 weeks and it’s just to lose as much as I can by then. Hopefully I’ll get my weight to within a healthy range which is only a couple kilos away for me now.

    I don’t count calories or anything like that, but I do have a rule that I eat something every 2-3 hours. Breakfast before 9am, snack at 11am, lunch at 1pm, snack at around 3 – 4pm and dinner at around 7:30. The trick is to eat my carbs at breakfast and lunch and then none or very low carbs at dinner. And nothing after dinner. I’m also taking Flaxseed oil tablets after every meal (when I can remember) and calcium tablets before bed which have significantly helped with the sensitivity I was experiencing in my teeth.

    I feel like I’ve woken up my metabolism and the pushed the internal weight loss button. With nearly a kilo off per week, it’s been pretty steady even over TTOM.

    I actually find that I’m pretty much never hungry and sometimes I have to make myself eat even when I don’t really feel like it. My portion sizes are therefore much better as I’m just not super hungry enough to eat as much as I used to.

    Thanks for the tips

    • Justine of SewCountryChick says

      I’m so glad it’s working for you. i’ve been losing slowly too. I’m down 8 pounds with 4 more to go . then I will be at my weight I was ten years ago!
      I don’t count calories either. Too hard!
      Yes, I agree that eliminating carbs at dinner makes me carve them less and less.

  16. angie.a says

    Hi Justine! I am intolerant to gluten, so I don’t have wheat, barley or rye based products anyway. :) But I do occasionally have a tortilla and I don’t cut out corn or potatoes. Or diet sodas. I basically watch calories, and eat whatever I want (observing the little/no gluten I have to do). I’ve steadily lost weight over the past 6 months. It’s so much easier to just not worry all the time about “what” I can or can’t eat and count the calories instead. I don’t do a lot of hard work at it, I just keep an online food journal. I feel much better! (I’ve lost 40 lbs!)