"I'm a proponent of moderation with both diet and exercise, and I didn't change my approach when I got engaged. I have maintained relatively the same size and weight for the past four to five years, and I am very happy with my body. I'm always working to get stronger and to look strong too! My husband is a muscular man and fitness is something that brought us together. We work out together frequently and he's always been a big supporter of me lifting weights and wanting to get stronger. I didn't do much of anything to prep for my wedding, let alone think about needing to 'slim down.'" —Roni Vayre, 27

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To start off, aim to do ab work 3 or 4 times a week on non-consecutive days with at least 24 hours of rest in between sessions, says Gagliardi. During those sessions, you can start with simpler moves like crunches, bicycle crunches, and planks. Even though you may only be directly targeting your abs 3 or 4 times a week, you should still be activating your core (aka, tightening your ab muscles) in every workout you do, says Gagliardi.
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.
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.

Lastly, keep in mind that the weight loss strategies that work best for you could change down the road. "I find that for women over 40, myself included, it's vital to assess what you're doing each year," Largeman-Roth says. If your progress starts to stall, consider switching up parts of your diet or fitness plan. "Our bodies like a challenge," Largeman-Roth says.

"When we’re lacking in sleep, our body’s hormones get thrown off balance which can impact our hunger levels the next day. We all have two hormones that affect our appetite: ghrelin and leptin. When we don’t get enough sleep, our ghrelin levels (the hormone that makes us feel hungry) rise, and our leptin levels (the hormone that makes us feel full) drop. This means that when we’re awake, we tend to eat more but feel less satisfied. Try going to bed a little earlier than usual to avoid this imbalance and remember to remove any distractions that might prevent you from nodding off."
The notion that abdominal obesity is the most dangerous kind isn't new. Back in the 1940s, the French physician Jean Vague observed that some obese patients had normal blood chemistry, while some moderately overweight patients showed serious abnormalities that predisposed them to heart disease or diabetes. Almost always, the latter patients carried their fat around their middles. And, almost always, they were men.

My weight keeps fluctuating. I know that is par for the course being a 48 year old female. I work out about 5 times per week. I usually spend an hour to an hour and a half doing a mix of cardio and weights. I had lost a bunch of weight a year or so ago but it has come back. I just cannot spend 2-3 hours in the gym each day like I had. I start my day with a protein shake (Vega clean protein). I like that one because it does not give me the digestive issues others have. I feel like I go a good job watching what I eat but I do have cheat days. I would love suggestions to get my weight back down. I am about 10-15 over what I want to be.
It is definitely hard to combine both healthy eating with frequent gym sessions, but they go hand-in-hand. Winhoffer states, "Sweating keeps skin glowing, releases toxins, regulates horomones, gets you in touch with your sensuality, connects your muscles, and keeps skin tight. Women must workout to feel their bodies for this important day!" We couldn't agree more!

"If your diet consists of lots of sports drinks, sugar-sweetened drinks like fizzy pop and flavoured waters, or sugary foods like chocolate and cakes, it will make losing weight harder. While whole fruits and vegetables are undoubtedly good for you, they can also sometimes cause weight gain if you eat too much, as they have high levels of natural sugars in them. Low-fat food options might have high amounts of added sugar in there too, so make sure to check the food label.
I’m not going to spell out an exact eating plan, as everyone will have their own particular requirements. But I will list a few general guidelines to help you devise your own plan. These are generalized suggestions, and may not be suited for every individual over 40, but they are the key points that I’ve found helpful throughout my time north of 40:
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.
"When we’re lacking in sleep, our body’s hormones get thrown off balance which can impact our hunger levels the next day. We all have two hormones that affect our appetite: ghrelin and leptin. When we don’t get enough sleep, our ghrelin levels (the hormone that makes us feel hungry) rise, and our leptin levels (the hormone that makes us feel full) drop. This means that when we’re awake, we tend to eat more but feel less satisfied. Try going to bed a little earlier than usual to avoid this imbalance and remember to remove any distractions that might prevent you from nodding off."
While an occasional treat at a holiday or birthday is fine, cut down on sweets and drink soft drinks. Have snacks such as fresh fruit, hummus with cut-up vegetables, a scant handful of nuts or plain yogurt with a drizzle of honey instead. To avoid temptation, try not to indulge a spouse or pre-teen kid that likes to have junk food on hand. They'll benefit from the healthier food choices too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIWBSfa-FLA
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