Why is it more difficult to lose weight after forty? Is there a way to reverse the course?

I beg to differ with your theory. The limitations people base on themselves due to age surprises me. The reality is that your beliefs dictate the results you get in your life. Those results won’t change until you alter those beliefs. The reason why I am saying this, is because I’m over 40 (41), and want to let you know that anything is possible. I don’t have the genetics, or any special magical powers. I just have my inner belief, my determination and commitment to achieve the things I want. Once you begin with one thing in your life, it will take shape in many other areas. Let’s get you started with some inner work, and I’ll offer you some solutions as well.

3 ways to change your thoughts about weight loss

  1. Believe you will find a way. As Marie Forelo says, ‘Everything is figureoutable.’ And she’s right! There is not much in this world that we can’t figure out. All we have to do is first ‘believe’ there is a way. I highly recommend her book. Download the audio or paperback version. It’s awesome stuff.
  2. Ask, search and consciously try. The only way to find an answer to this is to ask people, seek the answer online, in books or on forums, and get out there actually trying some options. You really have to take action on something you want to achieve. Don’t worry if your first and second attempt don’t move you forward. There is no other way to learn apart from making mistakes, and altering along your journey.
  3. Commit to getting to your goal. When we set an intention consciously, to make a change for the better, we unconsciously pave the way forward in achieving it. When you fill your mind with questions, such as ‘I wonder what I need to do.’ ‘How can I make this happen.’ instead of ‘I can’t’ ‘It wont happen to me’ you will change your energy, and unconsciously seek those answers you need. Try it out

Now for the big ones, here are some ways to lose weight that have been proven to work, for any age, as long as you stick with it, work hard and believe one of those people it works for is YOU.

4 ways to lose weight and keep it off for life

To be more specific, weight training surpass cardio. Here are some awesome methods I always talk about and wish more people would try.

  1. German body comp. This kind of training works by stimulating the release of growth hormone, a biochemical produced naturally in the body that helps regulate body fat. GBC workouts focus on multi joint exercises performed at higher reps and shorter rest intervals. This workout may contain 4–5 supersets that take about an hour on average to complete. This kind of work out is very much like circuit training, with a magnitude of intensity!
  2. Minimal rest periods. Rest periods when weight training, serve a specific purpose and also support our strength training goals. My advice on this one, would be to lengthen your rest periods (1 minute to 1.2 minutes) if you would like to focus on strength lifting. That means, your 1RM will have to be heavy, and you should be performing 1–4 reps of this, needing over a minutes rest. If you want to burn body fat and increase your gains, shorten your rest period. Work with 2–3 exercises back to back, and really smash it out.
  3. Super-setting. This is my ultimate favourite way to train. You have 2 exercise, that you do consecutively. When you are done executing the reps for both of them, you rest for about 60 -120 seconds. Then you go at it again. Structure your workout with using 2 exercises back to back, totalling about 4–6 (depending on the time you have). This is an effective method for weight loss and building muscle at the same time – that’s why it’s my favourite method!
  4. Tempo alterations. Temp training can really assist you when the weights are not as heavy. You can do eccentric (lowering) or concentric (lifting) movement workouts, both recruiting different muscle fibers. To give you an example, let’s use the biceps curl. Instead of focusing the tempo upon the lowering movement, swap it out it, and focus on the lifting motion. You lift the weights upwards in a slow and controlled way, and quickly bring them down, Keep that up, and feel the burn!

I’ll make the diet aspect super easy, cheap and effective.
I recommend intermittent fasting for you.

Here are some 6 reasons why it’s great for you and everyone:

  1. Boosts your metabolism. When your resting metabolism is boosted, it helps you burn more calories throughout the day, even when asleep or at rest.
  2. By burning visceral fat. This is the stubborn fat we have on our bodies. It’s allocated deep around the abdominal organs. During a 6 month fasting duration, people on an intermittent fasting diet were able to shed 4–7 percent of their visceral fat (3) (4).
  3. It kick starts ketosis. Ketosis usually happens under extreme limitations of carbohydrates. Intermittent fasting provides a short cut towards this ultimate fat burning state. Once the body is drained of glucose the primary source of our bodies energy – it is forced to burn through fat reserves for energy, through a process called Ketosis. Ketosis has the power to reduce inflammation markers, burn through extra fat and drop weight at a faster rate.
  4. Lowers your insulin levels – making you more insulin sensitive. Low insulin levels is the cue your body needs to make in order to switch in burning stored fat instead of glucose (7).
  5. Improves cholesterol. Fasting impacts your cholesterol by decreasing your levels of LDL and VLDL cholesterols. This is the bad cholesterol. Although it’s more apparent on obese people, who may also have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease; keeping your cholesterol levels in check benefits your health long term.
  6. Reduces inflammation. Lowering inflammation markers is the key to weight loss, and improving your longevity. You also have the added benefit of reducing your risk of Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. Fasting decreases oxidative stress and inflammation across the whole body.

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