Weight loss in women approaching middle age is a much different story than it is for women in their 20’s. Aging women have to deal with more than just a slower metabolism. They usually have hormone imbalances which contribute to bloating, fluid retention, poor thyroid function, and ultimately, weight gain. Many older women are constantly sleep deprived, due to a variety of reasons; this is a huge factor in weight gain.
Unfortunately, simple diet changes for women in this age group do not usually work for the reasons listed above. It isn’t that they are necessarily eating terribly, it’s just that their bodies can’t keep up like they used to be able to. In order to combat this, the best approach is to adopt a healthy lifestyle which includes a weight training workout at least twice a week.
A healthy lifestyle for a woman over 35 will differ from a diet geared towards a younger woman. As we age, our body becomes less efficient in processing carbs. That being said, to lose body fat, middle-aged women need to cut back on their carb intake slightly. Diets that are high in protein, fruits, and vegetables are key to a healthy lifestyle. Eating breakfast is also a great way to jump start your metabolism for the day.
As discussed before, a healthy diet is only one piece of the puzzle. A regular aerobic exercise routine (cardio) combined with twice a week weightlifting is a recipe for success. Taking classes, working out with friends, anything that gets your heart rate up for 45 minutes, at least 3 times a week is going to effect you for the positive.
Losing weight as you age can be hard for millions of women, but if you approach it sensibly and systematically, it doesn’t need to be complicated. Share It Fitness will have entire teams of health professionals at your beckon call to help you reach your goals. Your completely personalized team of registered dietitians and personal trainers, among other health professionals will take the guess work out of what to eat and how to work out. It’s just up to you to follow through.