For women, it becomes increasingly difficult to lose weight once midlife sets in. A slower metabolism is mainly to blame, but there are things you can do to reignite it.
1. Eat Enough.
When you consume fewer than 1,000 calories per day, or crash diet, your metabolism will slow in order to conserve energy. Eat several small meals throughout the day to keep your metabolism chugging along. Swap highly processed foods for whole foods like brown rice, green vegetables, fresh fruit, and lean protein.
2. Make breakfast your priority.
Within two hours of waking up, make sure that you have breakfast. This will spark your metabolism, fueling your body for the whole day. Focus on protein (think egg whites) and fruits, like grapefruit, to give your body the energy it needs to get you through your work day and workout.
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3. Include protein in each meal.
As mentioned earlier, it's good to include protein in your meals. Protein helps keep hunger at bay, facilitating weight loss. That doesn't mean you should throw bacon on everything. Protein sources really vary and don't require you to eat meat all day long. Greek-style yogurt, lentils, beans, and even edamame are all excellent sources of protein that will keep you full and satisfied.
4. Get moving.
Because your body works differently after 40, make it a goal to exercise on a regular basis. Exercise helps your metabolism work well. Besides that, it helps you to feel better about your body while boosting your energy. Focus on aerobic exercise and walking for the majority of your workouts and squeeze in some strength training a few times a week to help tone muscle.
5. Sip green tea.
Sipping on hot or iced green tea can help your metabolism run at peak performance. Green tea contains epigallocatechin, also known as EGCG, the catechin that stimulates the metabolism, accelerating weight loss. The caffeine in green tea prompts the central nervous system to release fat into the bloodstream where it's used as fuel to burn more body fat. Because the caffeine amount isn't through the roof, you can sip tea throughout the day without risking a sleepless night.
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