It’s a fact of life that losing weight becomes harder as you get older, and that’s because your metabolism tends to slow with age. The higher the metabolism, the more calories you burn, and the easier it is to lose weight.
Increase metabolism after 40
The good news is some strategies can help you raise your metabolism and keep weight gain at bay. These are:
Rev-Up Your Metabolism
A slow metabolism creates a cascade of negative side effects, including fatigue, food cravings, dull mood, and weight gain. The right changes to diet and lifestyle, such as getting up early, sleeping properly, eating healthy, etc., rev-up your metabolism even if you age.
Your body naturally loses muscle as you age. Luckily you can counteract this effect by resistance training which involves using the weight of the body or resistance bands to build muscles.
Avoid Meals After 10 pm
Eating late at night can lead to many health issues, i.e., increased blood sugar levels, heart diseases, obesity, acidity, and decreased metabolism. In addition, when you eat late, you have less time to burn the calories off. So, develop a habit of not eating after 10 pm to keep your metabolism fast even in your 40’s.
Don’t Starve Yourself
Reducing calorie intake to starvation levels slows down metabolism, and ultimately you gain weight instead of shedding it. Don’t miss out on the thermic effect of food by starving yourself or longtime fasting. Intermittent fasting (fasting daily for about 16 hours and restricting your daily eating window to approximately 8 hours) can be the best in this regard.
Detox your Digestive System
Research says that one of the reasons metabolism slows down with age is because build-up in the digestive tract clogs your system, restricting the proper functioning of your organs. You can get rid of it by consuming more enzymes and fibers. Also, avoid dairy, gluten, and refined sugars as you age.