Yes, it can get a lot difficult for you to lose weight in your 40s than you would in your 20s. Fitness expert Roshni Shah tells you the surprising factors that make it difficult for you to lose weight as you age.
You lose muscle mass: You know that muscle burns calories to keep your metabolism stable, but you start losing muscle mass in your 40s. This means that if you are eating the same number of calories like you did in your 20s or 30s, you will gain weight.
You stop lifting weights: Most of you may find it difficult to keep up with the weight lifting routine in the 40s. But that way you are missing out on the muscle building benefit of weight lifting. Aim to lift weights 2 to 4 times a week to keep your metabolism stable.
You pack fat on your belly: You might have belly fat in your 40s even if you have had flat abs all your life. That’s because of the declining levels of estrogen and progesterone hormones that make you store fat in your stomach. So make sure you eat a lot of protein to keep belly fat away.
You skip meals: You might skip your breakfast especially if you had a heavy dinner but remember that your body requires a certain number of calories to function and depriving your body of it can only make you feel hungry and so you end up overeating in your next meal.
You switch to eating vegetarian: Many go vegetarian or vegan in the hope that they will lose weight, but they do not do it in the healthiest way. If you're not what a healthy vegetarian meal looks like, you can end up eating a lot of simple carbs and fats like vegetarian pizza, mac and cheese, and smoothies, all of which can add up to extra kilos.