Forty. Fat. Frumpy. Frustrated. Oh hell….FFFFFlippin’ OVER IT!!
I’d love a dollar every time I hear that it’s so much harder to lose weight after you turn 40. Don’t worry- I’m ‘there’ too! I hear you and I feel your pain.
You’re eating well, you’re exercising, you’re doing ‘all the right things’ but it’s JUST not working. What is going on?
I took some time to do some research and here is the deal- from us divas’ perspective (not the men-of course!).
What happens in our body after we turn 4-0?
Metabolism is the process by which our cells (specifically the mitochondria within the cells )convert food to energy. After we hit 40, the mitochondria slow down or die. So, as fuel (food) enters the cells, less of it gets ‘processed’ to use as fuel straight away and it gets stored in different tissues of the body- liver, muscle, fat. Hey presto! More podge.
The fix? Water. Increase your water consumption. I know, I know- “I drink plenty of water”. Do you really? I’d like to think you’re drinking 2L EVERY day and also including water within fruits and veg. Your energy processing will be more efficient and less calories will be stored behind your belt buckle. You’ll also feel more energetic and get a glow to the skin. (I’m keeping things positive see?!)
Yes- that girly hormone is starting to consider closing up shop after 40. While all the babies it helped produce are chewing through your bank funds, the hormone is ready for a long holiday on a deserted island. There are three types of oestrogen. One of them-estradiol regulates hunger and satiation signals. With less of the hormone, less ‘stop eating signals’ are registered and we keep eating more than we normally would! Thyroid levels also start to take a dive, therefore increasing your hunger pangs.
The fix? Pre-preparing meals and amounts can help here. Eat slowly and purposefully. Take the time to enjoy the meal, gazing into your partner’s eyes over a soft burning candle…..OR at least have the meal prepared before you eat it standing up, while also finding netball uniforms, helping with homework, feeding the dog, answering your single friend’s phone call and putting your top on the RIGHT way instead of with the tag showing all day…..anyway, preparation is key. Plan-as much as you can, cook and store in containers if you have to.
Testosterone takes a hike too.
This hormone helps with building muscle mass. Over the hill, it starts to decrease making it harder to build muscle and therefore burn more calories (muscle tissue uses more energy/calories to function compared to fat tissue).
The fix? LIFT! LIFT HEAVY! Don’t worry- you’re not going to ‘bulk up’ . Us girls never have enough testosterone in the FIRST place to get Hulky. Of course the Studio Trainer can help design a programme just for your body type to increase muscle strength and mass, melt the calories and murder the podge behind the belt buckle! Don’t have weights? Shopping bags, water bottles, books and toddlers will do……
And the hits just KEEP ON COMING….
I don’t know if it’s just me but as soon as I hit the pillow at night, after about 9 and a half minutes of watching House of Cards, I’m out. BUT, at about 2:30am I’m awake again. Thinking about the netball uniforms, the homework , the spelling results, what that little punk said to my baby girl at school, the way my son walks around with only one sock on, why can’t he put the dishes in the dishwasher instead of the sink half full of stagnant water?, what can I get that client to do instead of push ups , how CAN I make a million dollars…….what? 4:30am? I’m getting up in half an hour…QUICK GET BACK TO SLEEP WHILE YOU’VE GOT THE CHANCE!!!!
This lack of sleep (AND stress) leads to increased cortisol levels -another hormone playing around with insulin, thyroid hormones and testosterone. So again, the calories get stored and the podge is proud.
The fix? To be honest, I wish I knew! Bar getting to a desert island (sitting next to the oestrogen) , disowning the family, shutting shop, and home schooling, I guess I’ll have to settle for a bath with candles (never used them at the dinner table anyway), a good book, my power nap in the car at pick up time and dreaming of desert islands……
What do YOU think???
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