Over 40? Here’s How to Lose Abdominal Fat — Eat This Not That – Eat This, Not That

Over 40? Here’s How to Lose Abdominal Fat — Eat This Not That – Eat This, Not That

Losing weight is already tough, but after 40 it can be a bit more challenging according to experts. Erin Mahoney, a personal trainer and fitness textbook author explains, “As we get older we lose muscle tone, or lean body mass. This is problematic because the more muscle tissue you have, the higher your resting metabolic rate is. Your metabolic rate determines how many calories you burn in a day. In the case of abdominal fat, multiple factors are at play. These include genetics (where you store your body fat) existing body fat percentage. While you can’t change your DNA, you can decrease body fat.” Eat This, Not That! Health talked to health and fitness experts who revealed how to get rid of stubborn abdominal weight after 40. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID.

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Robert Herbst a personal trainer, weight loss and wellness expert, and powerlifter explains, “As we hit 40, people start to lose muscle mass. This causes their metabolism to slow, so they burn fewer calories. Also, because they have less muscle, they tend to be less active, which causes them to burn even fewer calories and lose even more muscle, lowering their metabolism further. All this allows more of what is eaten to be stored as fat, much of which lands on the abdomen, which is a major storage point for fat.”

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While many experts believe it’s difficult to lose weight as we get older, Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson, aka “The VibrantDoc,” a recognized leader in functional medicine and author of the new self-care book Vibrant: A Groundbreaking Program to Get Energized, Reverse Aging, and Glow has a different take. “There has been a long-held belief that it’s much harder to lose weight as you get older because your metabolism slows down, especially in middle age. It turns out that’s all wrong, and that’s great news if you need to lose weight in your 40s. A 2021 study published in Science looked at 6,500 people ranging from infants to the elderly and found that metabolism is highest in infants, slows down through age 20, then basically stays the same between the ages of 20 and 60, declining just a bit every year after that. That upends the conventional wisdom, but it’s great news if you’re 40 and you think you can’t do it because of factors beyond your control. It’s not your metabolism, it’s your lifestyle, and that’s something you can do something about.”

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Health expert and personal trainer Jennifer Cohen states, “Belly fat is actually the most dangerous type of fat — besides aesthetics, large waistlines are indicators of disease. Fighting belly fat is an 80 percent healthy diet. Reduce calories by filling yourself up with protein, vegetables, whole grains, and replacing bad habit snacks with good ones. If you have a sugar craving, …….

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