Article provided by Chrissy Newall – Owner/Operator
This article has been written as a result of a question I have been asked many times over the last 18 years of working in the fitness industry.
Losing belly fat after the age of 40 can be challenging, but it’s certainly possible with a combination of proper diet, regular exercise, and lifestyle changes.
Keep in mind that spot reduction (losing fat from a specific area, such as the belly) is not scientifically proven to be effective, so a holistic approach is essential.
Here are some tips:
- Healthy Eating:
Focus on a balanced diet that includes lean proteins, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats.
Avoid or limit processed foods, sugary drinks, and excessive amounts of saturated and trans fats.
Watch portion sizes to prevent overeating.
2. Stay Hydrated:
Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Sometimes, the body can confuse thirst with hunger.
3. Regular Exercise:
Engage in both cardiovascular exercises and strength training. Cardio helps burn calories, while strength training builds lean muscle, which can boost metabolism.
Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity per week, along with muscle-strengthening activities on two or more days a week.
4. HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training):
Consider incorporating high-intensity interval training into your routine. This involves short bursts of intense activity followed by brief periods of rest or lower-intensity exercise.
5. Stress Management:
Chronic stress can contribute to belly fat accumulation. Practice stress-reducing activities such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, yoga, or spending time in nature.
6. Adequate Sleep:
Ensure you get enough quality sleep each night. Lack of sleep can disrupt hormonal balance and contribute to weight gain, especially around the abdominal area.
7. Limit Alcohol Intake:
Alcohol can contribute to excess calorie intake. Limit your alcohol consumption and be mindful of empty-calorie drinks.
8. Avoid Crash/Fad Diets:
Rapid weight loss through extreme diets can lead to muscle loss and a rebound effect. Focus on sustainable lifestyle changes.
9. Consult a Professional:
If you’re unsure about where to start or if you have any health concerns, consider consulting with a healthcare professional or a registered dietitian for personalized advice.
I recommend Becs Lowe. She is a well known Body Balance instructor, qualified naturopath, nutritionist and medical herbalist at Bay City Gym. This is her website www.livinghealth.co.nz
Remember, losing belly fat takes time and consistency. It’s important to adopt healthy habits that you can maintain in the long run. It’s also advisable to consult with a healthcare professional before making significant changes to your diet or exercise routine, especially if you have any existing health conditions.