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Losing weight after 40...

January 29, 2020

Have you noticed that it is way harder to lose weight as you age?

Do you miss the days of being 20 years old and just being lean without trying?

Well, getting back to being in shape may be easier than you think.

But...

How about that frequently heard line, "My metabolism is so much slower because I'm old!"

This holds a little truth. But not as much as you might think.

The amount of calories you burn throughout the day is referred to as your Total Energy Expenditure, also known as TEE.

Your TEE actually only decreases by 150 calories A DECADE*.

So compared to your 20-year-old self, you at 40 is only at a 300 calorie disadvantage.

To put it in perspective, this 300 calorie difference is equivalent to about 1 Blueberry Muffin at Starbucks.

So...

...why is it still hard to lose weight?

The answer to that lies in your lifestyle.

As we age, it is a fact of life that we move less and less and we eat more and more.

Rather than walking all over campus to get to class, now you take the family car everywhere.

You now have money to go out to dinner more frequently.

This is a full 360 compared to your 20-year-old self clearing the bank account for a couple drinks at happy hour.

And possibly, kids are now in the picture.

The real problem here is how these lifestyle factors make losing weight so much harder.

But this still doesn’t make it impossible.

Small changes in your day can make a BIG difference.

Take a couple of 10-20 minute walks throughout the day.

Limit yourself to going out to dinner once a week or once every other week.

If your kids didn’t finish their chicken nuggets THROW THEM OUT.

Have your own stash of healthy alternative snacks ready to go.

It doesn’t take much. Just be honest with yourself and stop blaming your metabolism.

Find those problem areas in your day and address them and you will be unstoppable.

If you can’t think of any steps like the ones listed above give the front desk a call and set up a nutrition meeting!

We can figure out a solution together and get you on the right track!

To better health,
-Bryan

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