But research shows that getting your heart rate up, working your muscles to capacity, and eating healthily can kick your brain into "I'm a superstar!" gear. So even if you won't have 300 eyes staring at your bare biceps on your wedding day, fitting in regular pre-matrimonial workouts can keep you focused and feeling great — and what better way to start your new life?
Hitting the pool is a great way to get your body into the best shape of your life, no matter what your age. A 155-pound woman can expect to burn nearly 500 calories an hour swimming at a relatively leisurely pace, adding another 200 calories to that number by doing some faster laps. For women over 40, low-impact exercises, like swimming, are particularly beneficial, thanks to the limited wear-and-tear they cause on joints, making it less likely an overuse injury will keep you benched.
You already know to keep calories and fat in check, but you'll fan the flames of your metabolism by putting another nutrient on your radar: protein, the building block of lean muscle mass. Each time you eat a protein-rich food—say, a piece of fish or cheese—your body goes to work, breaking it down into smaller particles called amino acids. "The amino acids enter your bloodstream and are then absorbed by your muscle tissues and other cells," says Douglas Paddon-Jones, PhD, director of exercise studies at the University of Texas Medical Branch. "Once the amino acids end up in your muscles, your body starts putting them back together—sort of like Legos—into your muscle tissue." This is called muscle-protein synthesis, and it's the process your body uses to build and maintain muscle mass.
Make every second count: The gym, even your home gym, isn’t a social hangout. It’s a place to get your work done. Be friendly, but be busy. If you have a finite amount of time to train, then adopt some new best friends such as supersets, compound sets, and circuits. These will allow you to be as efficient as possible without sitting around staring at your phone to kill time.
I second (or eight at this point) sparkpeople.com. They have food and excersize tracking tools that make things very simple. They offer routines and you can even use google maps to track the number of calories you burned on a jog (just remember your start and finish time). Please don't do the hgc diet. The hormone is not approved by the fda as a healthy longterm diet aid (its a pregnacy hormone btw) and the eating plan is a starvation diet. Just take things in moderation and remember that no matter what size you are on your wedding day you will be a glowing bride.
Wheatgrass has a high concentration of iron, magnesium, calcium, amino acids, vitamins C, A and E, B12, B6 and chlorophyll. These vitamins and minerals provide many therapeutic benefits. Consuming wheatgrass can rid the digestive system of harmful bacteria and cleanse the body of toxins. It also cleanses the colon and can help in the treatment of joint pain, ulcerative colitis, skin infections and can even prevent diabetes. No wonder it is regarded as a superfood!
You don’t have to resign yourself to long, boring hours slogging away on the treadmill. Fat-loss training is more about programming your body to be a fat-burning machine, rather than simply trying to burn some calories during training. The key is a plan that will stimulate fat loss and set your metabolism in motion, so it can become more efficient and effective at processing nutrient-rich foods for the long term. In other words, don’t think of just burning fat in the gym, think of revving your metabolism to work as a calorie-burning furnace throughout the entire day.
I originally wrote this post on how I wasn’t losing weight for my wedding back in March of 2017. I had a reader email me yesterday sharing how she made the decision to not lose weight for her wedding, instead got her dress taken out during her fitting, and how she felt so present and joyful on her wedding day. It reminded me that indeed, the peak of wedding season is here and I’m sure many other women are walking in her same shoes. Going for dress fittings and being told you need to be x size to fit into the dress. Or perhaps you haven’t yet been dress shopping, but can already feel the pressure to be a certain size. Or maybe you’re where I was a few short years ago, going about life with no signs of marriage in the near future. That’s okay too. You’re right where you’re suppose to be. I’ve added some thoughts that have come up being a year out from that wedding day and wanted to share this revised post today. I hope it’s is encouraging no matter what season of life you’re in.
"My workouts are efficient, to the point, target problem areas, use all muscles all the time, and are sexy," expresses Winhoffer. "When I work out, I teach women to feel their bodies. That's how women become more beautiful ... When they are in touch with their deepest selves. Killer music, new moves, no stopping, cardio, and toning always." With notable clients including Madonna, Stella McCartney, and Mya, we'd say that Winhoffer's routines are definitely top-notch and effective!
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.
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Offset the natural loss of muscle mass as you pass age 40 with weight training. Hit the gym at least twice per week to perform, at minimum, one set of eight to 12 repetitions of an exercise for each major muscle group. If you use the muscle, your body will slow the rate at which it lets it naturally slip away. This keeps your metabolism humming at a relatively high level and makes weight loss more manageable.
Trading in your usual snack for some almonds can help you shed weight and improve your health. Loaded with fiber and protein, almonds can help keep you feeling full for longer, and may even help you slash the stress that can lead to weight gain. Research published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine also reveals that adding magnesium-rich foods, like almonds, to your diet can help reduce anxiety, lowering cortisol levels and decreasing your body’s tendency to store belly fat.
14 ways to lose weight without diet or exercise Strict diets can be challenging to follow, and people may not always have the time or ability to exercise. However, a variety of simple lifestyle changes can help people lose weight and improve their health. These include taking probiotics, getting enough sleep, and thoroughly chewing food. Learn more here. Read now
What does that mean for you? That the weight loss process naturally becomes harder as you get older...that's just a fact and accepting it means you can stop punishing yourself or feeling ashamed about your body. Instead of focusing on the negative, focus on the things you can control: Your workouts, activity levels, diet, stress management, sleep management and, most important, your attitude.
You must have noticed that some of your friends eat a lot of sugar-based foods, fried foods, or cold drinks. Yet, they manage to have a flat stomach, the reason being they have a very high metabolic rate. If your metabolism is not good, you may have a bloated stomach. Thyroid conditions, diabetes, and other medical conditions can be the reasons for slow metabolism.
Endure the hard stuff: When faced with a setback or hardship some gym-goers simply throw in the towel and give up. The trick is to keep at it, endure, and outlast the setback. Eventually you will succeed. If you plateau in any aspect of your progress, make a pledge to stick with it, no matter how long it takes. The body isn’t a machine that operates under exact parameters. It will ebb and flow. You just need to stay the course.
As said before, measuring your waist with the tape is the easiest way to check belly fat. Measure your torso at the level of your navel. As per the official guidelines, measure your abdomen from just above the hip bone or the iliac crest, just where it intersects the line dropping down from the middle of the right armpit. Breathe normally while taking the measurement, and don’t hold the measuring tape too tight against the skin. Those with a waist size more than 33 inches are at risk of developing chronic heart disease.
Keep a calculator handy. To calculate your waist-to-hip ratio accurately, measure the narrowest point of your waist and the broadest part of your hip. Divide the values you obtained from the measurement and you have your ratio. The waist-to-hip ratio is a more accurate parameter to measure BMI. Those with a waist-to-hip ratio of 0.8 are susceptible to cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Those who are most successful at losing weight after 40 do it when they have a very clear reason why they want to do it now. Maybe you've been watching the scale creep up a pound or two every year and are ready to nix bad habits, or you've been given a wake-up call by your doctor that it's time to get serious about how your weight is impacting your overall health. “You need to have a mental awakening that puts you in a state of readiness to change. If you’re not engaged mentally, it’s not happening,” says Pamela Peeke, MD, author of The Hunger Fix.
Losing weight as you age isn’t always about how much time you’re spending at the gym, but what you’re doing while you’re there. If you’re frustrated with your rate of weight loss, try adding some high-intensity interval training to your routine; a review of research published in the Journal of Obesity reveals that it’s a more effective means of improving overall fitness, increasing lean muscle, and improving insulin sensitivity than traditional aerobic exercise.
I left thinking about how the majority of the samples had been a size 6, and yet I was a 12. To fit into the average sample dress, to be an average bride, I had to lose three sizes? My mental dialog persisted: How is my husband going to say yes, going to love me, if I'm not the size of an average bride? (I should have realized right then and there that being an average bride is not something anyone should ever want. We are all extraordinary, bride or not.)
"It wasn’t until 2015 when I was diagnosed with diabetes and PCOS that I started doing my homework and took control of my health. I stopped caring about a wedding dress. I thought more about where I was going to be in 20, 30, 40 years from now. That’s when I started running, lifting weights, and learning how to eat right. My entire mentality shifted from how I would look in a dress to how I could improve my body inside the dress. Now, I'm training for my first half-marathon, I can deadlift 200 pounds, and you can see my biceps when I flex. I weigh 145 pounds, wear size six to eight, and am no longer diabetic. If I wanted to, I could probably fit into that dress. But for now I am just happy wearing my regular clothes and knowing that I am actually healthy." —Athena Warner, 29
Homemade Bone broth is one of the most powerful superfoods on the planet, especially if you’re over 40. You make bone broth by simmering the bones of a pasture-raised animal for 10 – 24 hours in a slow-cooker, or 24-48 hours for beef. This low, slow cooking draws out the collagen, marrow, and other healing elements from the bones, including amino acids, minerals, glycine, and gelatin—which helps heal the gut and reduce inflammation.
I am 51 years old and I’ve been following you for about four years. I have lost 25 pounds, and physically I look great. I eat mostly grass fed beef organic chicken and vegetables. I am gluten-free except I do drink some beers from time to time and eat some pub food about once a week. I do an intense free weight workout about 10 minutes four times a week. I am a UPS driver and move constantly for about 9 to 10 hours a day.
Really needed this today. I got engaged in January and my wedding is this summer. “You are enough just as you are, today, to be a fiancé. And you will be enough, just as you are on your wedding day, to be a bride and become a wife.” Thank you, Robyn for this reminder! Easy to get my focus off of why I wanted to get married in the first place: to have a partnership that resembles Christ and the church. My fiancé thinks I’m enough… God thinks I’m enough… I should believe it too. Need to remember to shift my focus away from obsessively thinking about my image and remembering that I should be refining my character above all else in this engagement season.
High amounts of sodium can lead to belly bloating and there’s a good chance you are already getting more sodium than you need. (Psst! Get rid of bloating, fast, with these 24 Ways to Shrink Your Belly in 24 Hours.) To cut back on salt intake, Alexandra Miller, RDN, LDN, Corporate Dietitian at Medifast says to eat fewer processed foods like bread, pizza, and condiments. “Read the Nutrition Facts label to find how much sodium is in each serving,” she says. “Very Low Sodium is 35 milligrams or less per serving; Low-Sodium is 140 milligrams or less per serving; Reduced (or less) sodium is at least 25 percent less sodium per serving than the usual sodium level.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnTdPfsB_Xc