Here's what I consumed for breakfast on my wedding day: I had the antioxidant yogurt and seed bowl as well as black coffee; for lunch I ate a simple salad with grilled chicken provided by my venue; and for snack, I went with a GoMacro bar. After the ceremony, my husband and I sat in a separate room and ate every single appetizer (including pork buns, pulled BBQ chicken, mini grilled cheese sandwiches, and more!) and drank champagne. Diet. Over. As the evening went on, I enjoyed the goat cheese salad (CHEESE!), the short rib and sweet potato entree, wedding cake, homemade cookies, and apple cider donuts. There was pizza at our afterparty. I ate that, too.
Hormonal changes in middle age can wreak havoc on our weight and our waistlines, but boosting the amount of fiber in your diet can help. A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine reveals that increasing fiber intake helped participants shave off 4.6 pounds over an 8-week period and maintain that weight loss over the course of a year. Even better, dialing up the fiber in your meals can help combat the bloated belly and sluggish digestion that often accompany hormonal changes, like menopause. Don’t know where to find the fiber you seek? Start with the best high-fiber foods! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sx6lAvbRM-g
2. Boxing: I let my clients do boxing as I feel that it’s a great way to pump up your heart rate and increase sweating. Higher the heart rate the more calories they’ll be burning. Usually I instruct my clients to do one minute of punches or combinations usually on boxing pads but can also be done on a punch bag followed by 30 seconds rest. Usually I repeat this exercise several times until my clients are fit. Then I let them hold the plank in between rounds as an active rest.

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At 41, these are the things that I notice the most. My body does not bounce back as easily as it once did and I have to work a lot harder to manage my weight. Genetics play a role in the aging process, but our lifestyle choices can help dictate how well our genes treat us as we get older. After turning 40, these are six of the top lifestyle habits to focus on.
Eating sugar, especially refined sugars added to sweeten food and beverages, is a leading contributing factor to visceral fat. The glucose and fructose that come from sugar are simple carbohydrates that get quickly absorbed into the bloodstream and metabolized to release energy. When there’s excess intake, they get converted to glycogen to be stored in fat tissue. Eating a lot of sugar also spikes your blood sugar, which triggers insulin to be released in large amounts, potentially leading to a condition called insulin resistance that’s associated with metabolic syndrome. Cutting out all sweetened foods and drinks, including fruit juices, is one of the best things you can do today to lose belly fat fast. Learn to enjoy small amounts of natural sweeteners such as fresh fruit, raw honey, dates, and coconut crystals. Don’t be tempted by these other 15 of the worst foods for your belly.
1. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT): This type of exercise is your key to melting belly fat fast.  HIIT is highly effective for all over weight loss, particularly removing stubborn belly fat. If you are not eating right, you have reached menopause or you are not losing weight you should do these exercises. Don’t let the name scare you as it is you who determines the intensity.  It is your perceived exertion that counts.
I’d also be a liar if I told you after we got engaged I didn’t feel the pressure to look a certain way on my wedding day. We live in a world where weddings have been totally commercialized, the diet + fitness industry makes billions, magazine covers are monopolized by promises of 6 pack abs and Pinterest is flooded with bridal workouts. If anything, it’s expected that you tone up for your wedding day.
A sedentary lifestyle is one of the major causes of occurrence of belly fat. If you don’t indulge in any physical activity, and spend most of the time sitting, watching T.V., reading, etc., it is known as a sedentary lifestyle. Lack of regular exercise, or not exercising at all can lead to fat storage around the belly area. In other words, being a couch potato will make you fat.
3. Exercise Ball Crunch: This is one of the most effective ways to strengthen and flatten abs.  Studies show this exercise is 40% more effective than regular ab crunches as it targets smaller muscles for flat toned abs including the oblique’s for a small waist and the outermost muscles that your typical ab crunch may miss.  To begin, lie down on the ball positioning it under the lower back.  Place arms behind your head.  Tighten your abs as you lift your torso off the ball while keeping the ball stable.  Lower back down and repeat 15 times with 1-3 sets.

A great post Robyn. I am not getting married but feel this is relevant to me. Being in recovery from anorexia, I am working with my dietitian to gain weight and vary the range of foods I eat. The messages society and media send out to people about weight loss, exercise and diet are so destructive…they drill in silly ideas and spread out fear, anxiety and most of all confusion. Everything everything around me is telling me the complete opposite to what my eating disorder dietitian is constantly reminding me of. Weight gain is bloody hard and society pressures just make it even harder.
Additionally, attempts to lose weight on low-calorie diets can lead to even more lost muscle. Studies have found that regular resistance or strength training may be a better alternative than your daily runs to preserve and gain muscle — even when coupled with a low-calorie diet. Aerobic exercise is still important, just don’t make it your only form of activity.
You aren’t the same person at 40 (or above) as you were at 20. Job responsibilities, marriage, kids, social obligations, and the general time crunch of modern life all tug at every ounce of your being, every waking moment. Since you can’t (and shouldn’t) shirk your family obligations, you must learn to manipulate stress levels, improve time management, and increase self-discipline. All it takes is a little planning. Below are some guidelines to make sure you get the most from every hectic day:
Choose and charge: When it comes to picking a program, choose one and get going. Don’t become a victim of analysis paralysis, researching every single program and piece of advice on the internet. That is a subconscious stalling tactic. Pick one, and then squeeze everything you possibly can out of it and don’t look back. I’ll provide a sample program later in this article.
When it came to starting a wedding diet, I procastinated. Hard. In fact, a month before the big day I went on a work trip to Morocco and Paris where I ate all of the bread, butter, and chocolate my appetite desired (as one does). Which is all part of the how I found myself muffin-topping over the sides of my strapless Reem Acra gown (pictured, top left) at my last fitting, just two weeks before I was supposed to walk down the aisle.
Getting a good start to your day means working on your weight loss before you even sit down to breakfast. A study published in Obesity reveals that the combination of fasting and exercise produced greater weight loss in study subjects than either calorie restriction or exercise alone. Luckily, a better body is well within reach—just make sure these 7 Most Surprising Everyday Exercise Killers aren’t standing in your way first.
If you really want to go for weight loss, you're going to have to work at it and you're going to have to work harder than you did before, doing up to 350 minutes of exercise each week. We have to exercise more frequently and more vigorously to compensate for the typical weight gain associated with aging. There are some important points to consider if you go this route:
Dr. Church and Martin are publishing a new study with a startling conclusion. Study subjects who exercised a lot (220 minutes a week on a treadmill while being watched like hawks by the Pennington staff) didn’t lose any more weight than people who exercised about half as much. The study authors used some fancy lab science (the “doubly labeled water” technique to measure energy intake and expenditure; don’t ask!) to arrive at a simple finding. People who exercise a lot feel that they’ve “earned” the right to eat significantly more calories. Sorry, it doesn’t work that way.
Once upon a time, you probably thought white bread was a basic staple for the pantry. And you’ve maybe switched to wheat, which is something of an improvement—if it was still 1996. But if “enriched flour,” “high fructose corn syrup,” or “sugar” is one of the first few ingredients listed on your bread’s label, you’re not doing your waistline any favors. The trio to try for: Look for bread that comes in 1.) less than 80 calories, 2.) less than 3 grams of sugar per slice, and 3.) lists whole grains as the first ingredient. Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Whole Grain Bread and Alpine Valley Organic 21 Whole Grains Bread both fit the bill.
"It's imperative that a bride spend at least a little time educating herself on weight loss and fitness," says Bode. You don't necessarily have to hit the books and research — though meeting with a nutritionist or trainer can offer a solid indication of how you might start your regimen — but do simply get familiar with the basics. Bode advises focusing on what she says are the "four critical principles": cardiovascular exercise, good nutrition, strength training, and stretching. "All four components are necessary to reach your goals in a healthy way," she says.

You don’t have to be the next Usain Bolt in the making to enjoy some serious belly-slimming results from hitting the track from time to time. Even a moderate-rate jog a few times a week can blast through that belly fat; in fact, a study conducted at Duke University Medical Center found that, over the course of an eight-month study, overweight adult study subjects who jogged 12 miles a week lost the most belly fat and burned 67 percent more calories than participants who did an equivalent amount of resistance exercise, or a combination of cardio and resistance work.
Caffeine and green tea are the thermogenic fat-burning supplements with the most supporting evidence, according to a review article published in Obesity Reviews in 2011. Caffeine appears to have dual benefits, both increasing metabolism and making it so you eat less to start with, although the benefits may be only temporary. You may become insensitive to caffeine over time, according to a review article published in the American Journal of Physiology -- Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology in 2007.
Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that your body can't digest, and it helps regulate the body's use of sugar as it slowly passes through your digestive system. Increasing your daily fiber intake can result in greater satisfaction after meals, less blood-sugar spiking and crashing, and subsequent reductions in the amount of calories eaten for the rest of the day. When trying to trim belly fat, aim to get at least 25 grams of fiber in your diet each day. Foods that are rich in fiber include pulses, like lentils and beans; apples and pears, with the skin; nuts and seeds; and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Try this recipe for Tabbouleh with Chickpeas for a fiber-packed side dish or a one-dish dinner! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ie0POIJ8VgI
"I think eating well and moving consistently in a way that I could sustain for a lifetime allowed me to focus on other things instead of getting too stressed about how I'd look for one day. When dress shopping, I tried on one pretty outrageous-looking dress and, much to my surprise, I loved it. It was very form-fitting, had an open back, and spaghetti straps. It felt very daring, exposing, and exciting to wear something that didn't leave much to the imagination. It was not something I expected to like, yet I think I felt comfortable and confident in it because of the work I'd done in the past. When it came to my wedding, I felt great and had the time of my life! I was happy with my body and I didn't really give it a lot of thought. My body wasn't perfect then and never will be, but I'm good with it." —Amber Leonard Thome, 30 
Radiant skin, nails, hair. When you add healthy fruits and veggies to your diet, you provide essential nutrients for healthy skin, healthy-looking hair and a healthier body. Of course, you could neglect these nutrients and go on a quick fix fad diet, but who wants to look gaunt and pale in their wedding photos? A well-rounded diet will help you look luscious on your big day.
Hi, Andrew! I was a vegan for ten years before I started eating meat again recently due to low energy and a few health issues. I started with bone broths and putting those in my beans (that I was soaking, sprouting and 2x boiling). Then I moved to eggs. I also found a good source for raw milk and made my own kefir. My body loved all of these things and my energy SKY ROCKETED. Transitioning into eating meat was next. If you get a chance check out Kale and Coffee. It will help.
"I believe 3 meals a day suffices," states Winhoffer. She continues, "You should eat carbs before noon, as your body will burn more fat if you cut glucose calories. Working out after you eat the carbs is definitely the best choice as carbs give your body energy. You should stop eating after 7 p.m. it will be hard but with this discipline, you will see quick results."

So you get angry, and that doesn’t help.  Maybe the anger is part of the hormone imbalance anyway.  The brain chemistry changes and there are actually less of the “feel good” chemicals like Seratonin available.  If you’re snappy at your family, you feel terrible and they start to wonder where the real you has gone.  You eat to stuff feelings and the pounds glob on.  
Over the years, you’ve probably had moments where being able to get by on very little sleep was almost like a badge of honor. But as sleep medicine progresses and people are learning more about sleep health, the ties between your Zzzs and your LBs on the scale are becoming clearer. Losing just an hour of sleep each night for three days can prompt a surge in the hormone ghrelin, which stimulates appetite, and a slump in the hormone leptin, which tells us when we’re full, says Norfolk, Va.-based clinical psychologist Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., coauthor of The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan. Deep sleep, on the other hand, fuels production of the fat-burning human growth hormone (HGH).

You aren’t the same person at 40 (or above) as you were at 20. Job responsibilities, marriage, kids, social obligations, and the general time crunch of modern life all tug at every ounce of your being, every waking moment. Since you can’t (and shouldn’t) shirk your family obligations, you must learn to manipulate stress levels, improve time management, and increase self-discipline. All it takes is a little planning. Below are some guidelines to make sure you get the most from every hectic day:
"I wanted to look nicer for the wedding, mostly for the pictures," says newlywed Donna Eck-David, who was married on April 3, 2004. She tried watching what she ate and avoiding the cafeteria at work for months before the big day. But she finally resorted to drinking a dieter's tea containing laxatives a few weeks before the wedding, to speed up her weight-loss efforts.
"Even though a bride may feel she is drowning in all the planning involved in a wedding," Bode adds, "it will be very advantageous to also [create a detailed] weight-loss strategy." Get granular: Research recipes and plan meals in advance; schedule workouts in your calendar and keep them as you would any other appointment. As you're choosing your regimen, keep your expectations in check. "A good rule of thumb is that you can lose between 4 and 8 pounds in a month," Bode says. "If your wedding is only two months away, don't fool yourself and cause unnecessary stress by vowing to lose 40 pounds. This will set you up for failure and probably lead to complete abandonment of your weight-loss efforts. Determine the true timeline you are working within and accept the realistic number you can achieve."

For example, after the kids leave home some women are not as busy during the day with non-exercise physical activities like carrying groceries, lifting laundry baskets and other household chores. And many women begin to enjoy certain leisurely activities that can contribute to changes on the scale—like eating out more often, enjoying longer vacations, or spending more time relaxing and reading books.
Studies show that lean people watch less television, plain and simple. A recent analysis of multiple studies found that for every two hours spent watching TV, the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, and/or early death increased by 20, 15 and 13 percent, respectively. Because you’re expending less energy as you zone out in front of the telly, there’s a surplus blood sugar flooding your bloodstream and contributing to weight-related risks that crop up in your 40s and beyond. Even knitting like will keep you younger than just sitting and watching show after show! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hK2zC6BG4F8
Eat as many raw vegetables as you like—especially leafy greens. Throw them in an omelet, blend them into a green smoothie with some stevia and ice, make a huge salad with a drizzle of oil and lemon, or simply snack on some raw celery sticks. You should be eating 5 – 7 servings of veggies a day, and you can cram a lot of those into one big smoothie or salad.

Once your eating is on point, training becomes the catalyst for change. “Abs are made in the kitchen” has been beat to death, but it doesn’t mean you can overlook training. Your training is the spark and the reason for your body to shift into a fat-burning machine. Diets are great, but some of the weight lost will be muscle tissue. You need to give your body a reason to burn fat while holding onto all that hard-earned muscle you built. Here are a few specifics to keep in mind when building an effective fat-burning, muscle-building program.


According to research published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the metabolic rate of study participants decreased by up to 78 calories a day with every passing decade, while calorie burn dropped by up to 68 calories a day. While this may mean that it takes more work to shed the pounds in your 40s, it’s far from impossible to do so; in fact, just a few small changes to your usual routine can have you hitting your goal weight before you know it. And when you want to jumpstart that slimdown, discover Why Sunshine Is Your Weight Loss Secret Weapon!


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