Loosing Weight After 40!

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Loosing weight after 40….it can be done!

At this age, certain hormones begin dipping and a healthy diet alone isn’t enough to keep the extra weight off. These days we’re also constantly exposed to toxins, the food we buy is losing its nutrients; and we’re less active than we once were. To successfully lose weight after 40, you need to understand that imbalanced hormones and chemicals have a huge impact on your health. It IS possible, however, to live a clean, healthy, and long life — with a healthy body, even after 40! The following lifestyle changes can help you reboot your system and achieve the body you want.

EAT REAL FOOD

Try to eat a plant based diet, but when you do eat meat, choose high-quality protein such as healthy, grass-fed beef and lamb and organic chicken and pork, and eat them in moderation. Be sure to include healthy fats such as  omega 3, omega 6, omega 7, omega 9 and saturated fats such as coconut oil. Contrary to what you may have heard, these fats are important to our health.  You can finds these healthy fats in walnuts, flax seeds/flaxseed oil, chia seeds,  fish oil, and those derived from eating cold-water fish, such as wild-caught salmon and sardines. Steer clear of food additives, sugar, processed foods, bad oils, margarine, shortening, and refined foods. Remember: if it comes in a bag or a box, it is most likely processed and contains chemicals and preservatives. Once you start weaning yourself from these foods, the cravings will go away.

DETOX YOUR LIVER

If you’ve gained weight, especially around your midsection, it may be a sign that your liver is not functioning properly. Your liver is your vital detoxification organ, and if it becomes overloaded with toxins from the food, drink, or medications you’re consuming, you’ll have more toxins circulating throughout your body, damaging your organs and glands. Detoxing your liver will help it work more efficiently — and help you slim your waistline. Start the detoxing process by cutting down on sugar, cutting out artificial sweeteners and trans-fatty acids, re-evaluating your need for over-the-counter pain relievers, discussing healthier alternatives for prescription medications with your doctor, and limiting your alcohol consumption to just two servings (preferably of red wine) just a couple of times a week.

USE FIBER and PROBIOTICS TO FIGHT WEIGHT GAIN

When your body absorbs toxins, it stores them in fat, which is why fiber and probiotics are strategic weapons for weight loss. Fiber keeps your colon healthy and reduces your body’s absorption of toxins. Aim for 35 grams of fiber daily with plenty of water. If you can’t get all your fiber from whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, consider an organic fiber additive. Probiotics also aid in digestive health by supporting beneficial bacteria in your digestive tract. Good bacteria enable your body to fend off incoming toxins, absorb nutrients more efficiently, promote good colon function, and strengthen the immune system. Good bacteria naturally decrease with age, but you can increase it by eating yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, or adding apple cider vinegar to your water or sprinkling it on your salad.

Remember the goal is to live a happy and healthy life…so try not to stress over your weight and enjoy everything in moderation!  By making small diet changes and increasing your fitness, you will start to see results!

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