Two months before the wedding, I was still around the same size even with all the dieting and workouts. I felt good, if not a bit overworked, but with little evidence of the promised results I started to fantasize about liposuction. Would a body-altering surgery be the cure to make me feel worthy as a beautiful bride? I inquired. I grieved. I debated. I obsessed. I was the unhappiest I had been since I'd met my incredible fiance.
So now that that’s out of the way, can I ask a question? It sounds like you might not be having an honest conversation with yourself about your motivations here. Are you trying to eat healthier and tone up, or are you trying to set a weight-loss goal? Because one does not guarantee the other. And I suspect the reason you’ve lightened the language around wanting to lose weight is because you’ve made the idea of losing weight something bad. You’ve told yourself that wanting to lose weight makes you a bad feminist. (And for that, I’ve got a whole article for you right here.)
There’s another huge reason to cut back on bovine: “One in three men over 40 will die from heart disease, and eating more of a plant-based diet is the best way to optimize endothelial nitric oxide levels for cardiovascular protection and health,” says Kominiarek. In fact, a Mediterranean diet particularly heavy in healthy fats—olive oil, eggs, nuts, fatty fish—lowers your risk of not only heart disease, but also type 2 diabetes and certain cancers, according to a new study analysis in the Annals of Internal Medicine. That’s three of the top 10 causes of death for American males that you can reduce your risk of just by eating less meat and more healthy plant-based fats. 

"Prior to getting engaged, I had also witnessed several of my friends in the process of getting ready for their weddings freak out about their weight. I think so many women want to feel their absolute best on their wedding day, and I can't blame them! With the pressure of 'all eyes on you,' it's easy to see how many women go to extremes to lose weight or get in better shape. Instead of putting pressure on myself before my wedding, I stayed committed to my regular training routine. Quite honestly, it helped me manage the stress leading up to my wedding day.
Dieting and exercise go hand in hand. If you thought that only dieting will burn your belly fat, you are wrong. If you really want to lose weight, you need to include an hour of exercise in your daily routine for targeting and reducing belly fat. Here, we have compiled a list of 16 exercises that can help you reduce belly fat faster than you thought it would take:
3. Revisit your past. Think back to your previous weight-loss attempts and identify what made you quit before? Was the diet too strict? Were you confused about what workouts to complete or short on time? Write out a list of these reasons and identify ways to overcome them. For example, if your diet is too strict, focus on incorporating more greens, whole grains, and lean proteins that are realistic into your daily life. If you’re busy, do shorter workouts but make that time a priority. 
I have been taking the Lady Soma Fiber Cleanse (2 pills half hour before each meal) for a few weeks now, it did feel to me it took a few days to notice a difference. I did feel less hungry and could not finish any meal. I did have more energy as well and that is what I was looking for. I should of started with a Lady Soma Detox first, I believe I would of felt the benefits sooner if I had chosen that route in the beginning.
1. Identify specific goals, rewards, and consequences. Write down 2-3 small realistic goals for yourself per week or month and identify a reward once complete. For example, a manicure/pedicure, a special dinner date with a bridesmaid, a day at the beach with your maid of honor, or a weekend free of chores are all excellent rewards! In another column, identify a consequence for not reaching those goals. Challenge yourself! Think about something that you want to avoid at all costs and hold yourself accountable.
And new research suggests that many of us may need more protein than we realize. The current RDA is 0.8 g of protein per kilogram of body weight, but several studies have found that 1 to 1.2 g may be more protective against age-related muscle loss. Dr. Apovian uses a slightly higher amount—1.5 g/kg of ideal body weight—to successfully help herself, as well as her patients, shed body fat and maintain lean muscle mass. According to her, if you're 5-foot-5 and 130 pounds, you should aim for about 90 g of protein. While that may sound like a lot of protein, it's doable when you break it down. Four ounces of chicken or beef provides nearly 30 g in one shot, and a single serving of Greek-style yogurt packs nearly 20. 

Well, I’m tired, and tired of looking in the mirror wondering where my bod went? When I hit 19, I went active military from 87′ to 95’… Army SFOD then USMC 4 yrs reserve. I ran 5 miles 5x wk, did 80 push ups, 69 sit ups, 25 pull ups, <<< all in the military's required 2 minutes, followed by cool-down stretching, etc. 6'1" & 172 lbs… Lean and Mean as we said. I never smoked either. So, five years after leaving the service and ending up with a job that was lucrative, it was very, very low from a physical standpoint. I gradually was down to 2.5 miles a day x5 a wk, then just walking at work and that was all my physical activity. No more push ups, sit ups, pull ups, nothing. My energy dropped off a cliff. Fast forward to 2005. I went from 5-6 glasses of red wine a week, to 3 beers a day x5 a wk, don't eat well, no energy and have a aweful beer belly (looks like I'm pregnant), my arms and legs are thin, and my 30" waist in 2002 is now 36" , I'm 210 lbs, my belly/midsection use to be 28" in 1998, now it's 55" measuring around belly area, blood pressure is up, etc…. Sadly, my newer friends from 2000 to current are similar in shape. They all say: your 48, getting a belly is a part of life, just live with it… You'll never get back in any kind of shape… Well that last remark lit the proverbial, motivational fire under my back side, but I still just don't have the drive. The discipline is there. I need to start out slowly so as to not hurt thy self. Tried push ups and could ONLY do one!!!! I'm 40 lbs heavier now too don't forget. Sit ups?….. one…. Running: one block…. Never had a 6 pack, as those are genetic, maybe a 2 or 3 pack. I need to help myself before it causes health issues I'll regret. Lastly, Doc says to start slowly. He was Air Force and he recommended the pre-basic training physical prep program to slowly get a good routine going again, but I need a "beer belly gone in 30 days" kind of drop first off. I've heard lemon juice, lemon rind and garlic in 50% water, 50% juice, might help along with broccoli, celery, asparagus and salmon jerky, and cut out the BEER, go back to a glass of red wine every other day. He said red wine and 70% or higher pure dark chocolate are good for lowering blood pressure too. Thanks.

The cabbage soup diet? Really? Just no. Restricting calories and losing body fat too quickly can wreak havoc on insulin, leptin, ghrelin and other hormones, prompting a surge in hunger and a slump in metabolism. These effects can last for more than a year, even after the diet is abandoned, according to a 2011 study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Yo-yo diets also prompt decline in dopamine, which means you’re left feeling unmotivated and sluggish. Make sure you’re not also guilty of any of these 25 Things You Do That Slow Your Metabolism.
Eager to lose weight? Start lifting it. Researchers at Wake Forest University found that cutting calories and weight training helped study participants lose more fat and less muscle than aerobic exercise, calorie restriction, or a combination of the two, while losing the same amount of weight as the aerobic exercise group. 
And when you want to get even more cut, This Is the Safest Way to Lose Weight Over 40.
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But during those first few weeks after getting engaged when those thoughts started to flood in my head, I made a decision to relentlessly push back.  Throughout our engagement, instead of reading bridal magazines or fitness articles, I chose to put good stuff in. I needed healthy messaging at a time where I felt vulnerable to diet culture. I listened to body positive podcasts and blogs, focused on self care instead of a strict workout regime, ate foods that made me feel good instead of foods that carved my body into a certain shape, and prayed daily that my heart + mind would be most concerned with becoming more like Christ so I could walk down the aisle on April 29th fully prepared to be the most loving wife I know how. And fully prepared to receive love from my husband.


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.
Protein serves a dual role in helping you trim down belly fat by increasing muscle mass and metabolism, while also helping stave off hunger. Research shows that a higher-protein diet increases thermogenesis, which means you burn more calories. Further, eating protein leads to an increased feeling of satisfaction after the meal, often causing you to eat fewer calories later in the day. These High-Protein Breakfast Tacos are the perfect way to start your morning and will keep you feeling full until lunch.

"Before I got married, I remember thinking that I needed to lose 20 pounds. I even had a specific weight in mind: 165 pounds. According to my BMI, I needed to weigh that much. I joined Weight Watchers (again) and basically just watched what I ate. I didn't have a specific workout schedule, but I went on the treadmill sporadically. I did end up getting into the 160s, but I felt miserable at that time. I had it in my head that there were good foods and bad foods. If I went over my points for the week, I would feel guilty. If I gained a few pounds, I would feel guilty. It was a vicious cycle. After the wedding, I continued with Weight Watchers for a little while, but eventually got tired of tracking all of my food.
You need to eat less by cutting back on portions. “When it comes to losing weight, what actually moves the needle is always dietary change,” says Cederquist. It doesn't matter if all you eat is grilled chicken, brown rice, and broccoli. If you don't cut back on your portions, you won't lose weight. Everyone's calorie needs are different, but in general, a woman eating 2,000 calories per day should aim to cut back by 400 to 500 calories, recommends Frances Largeman-Roth, RDN, nutrition expert and author of Eating in Color. (These 5 simple ways to cut 500 calories can help.)
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Remember when you were little and would try to write with different hands? Eventually, a long time ago, you probably gave up on that. But personal trainer to the stars Jay Cardiello says it can be a great weight loss trick. “It takes 15 minutes for your brain to realize that you’re full,” he explains. “To give your mind time to catch up to your mouth, simply switch your fork to non-dominate hand. It may be frustrating, but it’s a simple and unnoticeable way to curb overeating and lose weight.” Find out more of Cardiello’s and other experts’ tips with these 25 Easy (and Cheap!) Ways to Lose 5 Pounds.
Don’t get bored: Having goals is great. We often imagine the joy once we achieve what we set out to do. But the process should be enjoyable as well. If it isn’t, then either find a way to make it fun or find another way altogether. This isn’t to say that training should be a cakewalk, but joy can and should be derived from challenge. Look to the challenge for inspiration, motivation and the desire to succeed. Once you do that you’ll never be at risk of becoming bored or disinterested.
This question is on so many minds: how can I lose belly fat...and fast? While there's no magic formula of food and exercise to reduce belly fat with the snap of your fingers, there are nutrition choices, exercises and lifestyle changes that can help. Here's your guide to understanding exactly what belly fat is and how you might be able to reduce it over time.
We asked Lynn Bode, a personal trainer with over 13 years of experience and the owner of the online fitness program WorkoutsForBrides.com, for her advice on how brides can keep their expectations and workouts in check before their big day. Her advice (featured on the following pages) can help you look and — more important — feel your best from "Yes, I Will" to "Yes, I Do."
The short answer is, not much. But changes can and do occur. A carb is still a carb, but you may need to adjust a few things in order to compensate for things like a lessened recovery ability and metabolic rate. The good news is, you aren’t the average sedentary Joe. The fact that you train and eat right will go miles toward keeping you on the right side of the curve for your age. Supplement companies all clamor to sell you products promising a healthier, more youthful existence. But the reality is that nothing will affect your overall health and wellbeing more than proper eating and exercise. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YFehC_Q27Q
Now, I hope when the moment of recognition comes, when you know you’ve been successful and you are enjoying the results of you success, that you’ll remember me.  I hope you’ll be willing to give me a few moments of your time to celebrate your success with you.  I hope you’ll remember to take the “after” photo and allow me to use your story in my book.

That said, if your wedding day does come and go, and you do find yourself falling victim to the same reaction as I did, please know that it’s okay. Weddings are complicated, as are our relationships with our bodies. And in the same way that insecurity doesn’t undo all the good things of your daily life, insecurity on your wedding day won’t undo the magic and joy of committing to a life with your intended. So trust me when I tell you that the future of your happiness, your beauty, your self-worth isn’t wrapped up in this one day. No matter what the salesperson tells you.
Men and women who consumed a postexercise protein drink gained more metabolism-revving muscle mass and lost 50% more body fat than those who didn't refuel after working out, found a study published in Fitness Management. "For about 30 minutes after exercise, muscles are especially receptive to amino acids," says Wayne Westcott, PhD, the lead study author. "The combo we used—about 24 g of protein and 36 g of carbs—helps speed muscle repair and growth. As long as you eat close to 20 g of protein and 30 g of carbs, you'll get similar results." Enjoy this snack—or something similar—soon after exercise.
1. The side plank exercise is the best way to reduce belly fat. There are only two points of contact with the floor which helps the core muscles to contract even harder. Lie on your side with your legs top of each other, rest on your lower forearm that is bent on the elbow. Force your upper body off the floor by using your forearm and place other hand on your hips. You should resemble a diagonal line from head to toe. After you lift your bodies just hold it for 30-60 seconds.
I LOVe sparkpeople.com!! Great site and the ladies are correct, it takes time and effort. If thee were something 'magical' or 'easy' none of us would have any weight to lose! Just remember to stay positive and just because you have a bad day and eat wrong doesn't mean it's over. Give yourself a break and start fresh the next day. Less calories in + exercise = weight loss
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.
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!
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.

At rest, your body burns about one calorie per kilogram of body weight per hour, or 91 calories for a 200-pound guy. Run five miles in an hour and you burn an extra 686 calories, which sounds like a lot until you realize it’s the equivalent of a large slice of cheesecake, which you can inhale in less time than it takes to change out of your sweaty running gear.
According to a review published in the journal Obesity, legumes—including beans, chickpeas, lentils and peas—could keep you from the snack drawer until dinner. Researchers found that subjects who consumed between ¾ and 1 cup of legumes daily felt as much as 31 percent fuller than those who didn’t! But there’s a catch: Although participants felt fuller when they ate legumes, they didn’t always eat less throughout the day. It’s still up to you to tune out the call of cravings—a completely different beast than hunger. But when it comes to willpower boosters, beans are a great way to get a jumpstart. They’re also one of the 30 Best Food for 6-Pack Abs.
The cabbage soup diet? Really? Just no. Restricting calories and losing body fat too quickly can wreak havoc on insulin, leptin, ghrelin and other hormones, prompting a surge in hunger and a slump in metabolism. These effects can last for more than a year, even after the diet is abandoned, according to a 2011 study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Yo-yo diets also prompt decline in dopamine, which means you’re left feeling unmotivated and sluggish. Make sure you’re not also guilty of any of these 25 Things You Do That Slow Your Metabolism.
Being sedentary is a major risk factor of metabolic syndrome, obesity, and diabetes. But every type of movement is helpful—even small gestures we make throughout the day, like tapping our toes or pacing while talking on the phone. These moves, known as non-exercise activity thermogenesis or NEAT, can constitute as much as 50 percent of the total energy expenditure of a person who keeps busy throughout the day. Simple things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator and taking a brisk walk on your lunch hour can help sizzle calories and reduce fat. These 22 ideas can keep you moving, no sneakers required.
Just a quick glimpse at wedding dress advertising begins to unravel the complicated intricacies of brides, bodies, and beauty. First, there are the obvious issues: the lack of diversity; the untamed airbrushing; the fact that none of the models ever seem to smile. But peeling back the layers unveils an even more subtle beauty standard: these women are you, only better. None of them are runway-model thin. They are just a little thinner than you. A little taller. Slightly more polished. Like you, on your best day, at the most flattering angle.
"Protein is great for fat loss. It helps build and preserve lean muscle tissue and can increase the amount of calories you burn. It’s also a great source of energy that helps you feel fuller for longer, so you’re less tempted to snack. Good sources include chicken breast, tuna, eggs, milk and chickpeas. And if you’re finding it difficult to avoid snacks that are high in carbohydrates, try substituting them for protein shakes or bars. Remember also to opt for the lean sources of protein because some sources can be high in saturated fat."
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.

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"Only doing abdominal-focused workouts, like crunches, won’t help you banish the bulge. Belly fat is simply where your body stores energy, so you need to take a whole-body approach to tackle it. HIIT training (high intensity interval training) is a great way to burn fat and get your heart rate up. Squats, burpees and treadmill sprints are all examples to try."
Even with the more effective thermogenic fat burner, green tea, the effects are relatively minimal. Drinking four cups of caffeinated green tea per day for eight weeks led to an increase in weight loss of about 5.5 pounds, and taking green tea supplements for the same amount of time caused an increase in weight loss of just 4 pounds, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition in 2010. You'll get more benefits if you exercise in addition to drinking green tea. A study published in The Journal of Nutrition in 2009 found that green tea increases the amount of abdominal fat lost from exercising. Don't add milk to your green tea or drink it when you're eating any dairy products; the proteins in milk may limit the thermogenic benefits of green tea, notes a study published in Nutrients in 2011.
13. Keep an emergency snack on hand. Stashing some healthy and portable foods in your car, purse, and desk drawer can help satisfy your cravings and prevent you from going overboard on all the wrong foods. This is a good idea when you're hungry at work and cookies sound tempting, or when you're out all day and see the glowing fast food signs beckoning you.
“After age 40, men may lose up to 8 percent of their muscle mass per decade,” Bede explains. A study analysis in Nutrition in Clinical Practice reports that loading up on protein may be enough to prevent or mitigate age-related muscle loss, known as sarcopenia. You may think you don’t need to pile it on now that you’re not pumping iron like you once were, but the researchers recommend middle-aged men still aim for at least 25 to 30 grams of high-quality protein with each meal. 

Obesity is like that elephant investigated by the blind men in the Indian fable who arrive at different conclusions depending on whether they’re holding the trunk, the tusk, or the tail. Weight gain can be a result of many different, but often coexisting, issues, from metabolic factors and emotional problems to lack of exercise and overeating. Too often these issues are studied in isolation.
If you’re in search of a powerful fat-burning supplement, a formula with the name “MELT” is sure to catch your eye. But does it live up to its name? It’s a premium, high-quality thermogenic supplement packed with ingredients that aid in fat loss, weight loss, and appetite control – the perfect combination of benefits for those looking to melt off excess fat.
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
You need to eat less by cutting back on portions. “When it comes to losing weight, what actually moves the needle is always dietary change,” says Cederquist. It doesn't matter if all you eat is grilled chicken, brown rice, and broccoli. If you don't cut back on your portions, you won't lose weight. Everyone's calorie needs are different, but in general, a woman eating 2,000 calories per day should aim to cut back by 400 to 500 calories, recommends Frances Largeman-Roth, RDN, nutrition expert and author of Eating in Color. (These 5 simple ways to cut 500 calories can help.)
Circuit-training programs that combine high-intensity cardio and weightlifting are time-efficient and effective ways for women over 40 to burn calories and increase muscle mass to reduce belly fat. Focusing on compound exercises such as pushups and squats, and performing more reps with less rest-time between sets, will boost the metabolic effects of exercise.
9. Catch your zzz's. Your mind and calendar may be full of to-dos, but is "plenty of sleep" on your agenda each day? It should be. Too little shuteye can hinder your weight-loss efforts, increasing cravings and leading to poor choices. Staying organized will help, but do you best to stick to a consistent sleep schedule, aiming for at least 7-8 hour hours per night—including weekends.
Visceral fat, commonly known as belly fat, is the layer of fat below the muscles of your abdomen. Due to its crucial location surrounding many of your vital organs, belly fat supplies a constant source of energy but also exposes the body to harmful toxins and hormones. When you have too many fat cells or your fat cells get too large, they can overproduce toxins that increase your risk for chronic inflammation, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. This is why belly fat can be more dangerous than subcutaneous fat—or the outer layer of fat that you can pinch with your fingers. That said, the reason you're having trouble buttoning your pants may not be visceral fat: what we're calling "belly fat" these days could be bloating or water retention rather than a fat buildup. Read on for steps you can take to beat the bulge.
Thermogenic supplements are those that may help slightly increase the metabolism for a few hours after you take them, thus resulting in the body burning more calories even when at rest. Fat-burning supplements aren't necessarily all thermogenic, as some supplements with this label affect fat metabolism by limiting the amount of fat that gets absorbed rather than causing it to be burned more quickly.
Remember the Boy Scout motto about always being prepared? At 40 or older, you most likely have more things demanding your time and attention than ever before. To make it easier to eat lower calories and avoid stuffing your face when you’re starving, always keep your desk, pantry, car, and purse stashed with healthy snacks. Raw almonds and bananas are two of the easiest, but you can get more ideas with these 27 Healthy Snack Ideas Under $1. And whatever you do, do not hit up any vending machines!

Getting your gut health in order is a good idea no matter what your age, but after 40, it’s essential. Improving your digestive regularity with prebiotic fiber-rich foods, like asparagus and leafy greens, may help reduce your risk of colon cancer, and can even help regulate the hormonal challenges that come along with menopause. Researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine have also found fiber effective at reducing estrogen concentrations in the bloodstream, helping you avoid the hot flashes and mood swings that can hit around mid-life. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRltB2yDKfk
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