As time passes and you go over 40, the body begins to change in inexplicable ways, especially if you’re a woman. Women over 40 can become pretty discouraged by these changes, which are both physical and mental.
As you pass the age of 40, the female body begins to enter the early stages of menopause. During this time, the hormones are thrown off balance, which can become a big problem that can ruin your self-esteem. Losing weight and toning the body can become quite a challenge during these years, which is why many women are dealing with weight gain once they reach 40. As we said, the body changes have a negative mental and physical effect.
However, there is a way of reinventing yourself and making all the problems go away even after the age of 40. In general, you should start eating a healthy diet and change your lifestyle, while putting a lot of work in the gym as well. Restoring your hormonal balance is also important, so make sure to get the levels of the following hormones under control:
Cortisol is the body’s main stress hormone – it isn’t harmful in smaller doses, but if the adrenal gland secretes it constantly, it can result in weight gain.
Insulin is responsible for regulating the levels of sugar in the blood. However, if the pancreas can’t produce enough of it, excess glucose will stay in your bloodstream, raising the risk of diabetes and increasing the risk of several other diseases as well.
Thyroid hormones regulate the rate of our metabolism and the amount of energy your cells use. If these hormones are thrown out of balance, your body will lose the ability to use carbs as fuel, resulting in weight gain.
Leptin is the main satiety hormone which is produced by our fat cells. The hormone signals the brain when we’re full and naturally promotes weight loss. However, its function can be affected by numerous factors – once the body enters a state of leptin resistance, you will start eating more and increase your weight.
Our hormones can be a pretty tricky thing, but luckily, all the problems can go away by simply putting yourself on a ketogenic diet.
What is ketosis?
Ketosis is a state of the body which occurs due to reduced food intake. Ketogenic diets have the goal of encouraging the body to enter ketosis, in which ketone bodies become the primary energy source for the cells. Contrary to popular belief, a keto diet doesn’t encourage starvation – the reduced amount of calories only serves as a way of reaching ketosis. By limiting your net carb intake to less than 50 gr., the body will start burning ketones instead of glucose for energy, which will result in weight loss.
The keto diet is especially effective during menopause. It will promote weight loss and stop the accelerated muscle loss, control your cravings, reduce inflammation and treat most menopausal symptoms.
During a keto diet, you should reduce or eliminate your carbohydrate intake and start consuming healthy fats and protein in bigger amounts. The perfect ratio would be 70% healthy fats, 20% protein and only 10% carbs. The fats should come in a form of saturated fats (ghee, coconut or olive oil); monounsaturated fats (olives, avocados, macadamia nuts); polyunsaturated fats (fatty fish and animal protein) and omega-3 fatty acids (wild-caught salmon, shellfish and grass-fed beef).
When it comes to the protein, you need to choose high-quality organic sources such as pasture-raised and grass-fed beef, organic meats, pasture-raised poultry, fish and seafood and free-range eggs.
The carb intake should be kept at a minimum, and the best low-carb food are zucchinis, mushrooms, broccoli, leafy green vegetables, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and celery.
Besides incorporating these foods in your diet, you also need to stay away from sugar, processed food, artificial sweeteners, fruits, dairy products, beets, carrots and squash as well as all processed foods.
Here are 3 tips that will help you lead a better life after the age of 40:
Sleeping is important
Not getting much sleep has been linked to higher cortisol levels in women, which is why experts recommend getting 7-8 hours of sleep overnight. The rest will allow your body to regenerate and make you feel better in the morning.
Recharge your batteries
You must learn how to relax if you want to keep your hormones and health in check. Do some yoga or learn some breathing techniques in order to recharge your batteries and keep your health in check.
Exercising is pretty vital once you hit 40 – moving more will keep your energy levels up and exercise will also promote sweating and elimination of toxins. You don’t need to hit the gym every day – just start jogging or walking every day, or go biking or swimming. Everything helps.