15 Most Effective Weight Loss Tips for People Over 40

Increase your chances of a slimmer you after hitting the big 4-0 with these bad habit breakers, good lifestyle routines, and healthy eating tips.

There are certain things no one over the age of 40 should attempt to do. Wearing anything from Forever 21, for example. Or dating anybody who is 21. But there are certain things everyone over the age of 40 should be doing to guarantee that the second half of life’s big game is as exciting as the first half.

After all, once you hit 40, your body begins to lose muscle mass, the lean tissue that helps you burn fat and calories; women drop about half a pound of muscle per year after crossing 4-0, according to Pamela Peeke, author of Body for Life for Women. That’s why 40 tends to be the dividing line between those who are headed for a long, healthy lifetime of lean, and those who are headed for an early (and probably much larger) grave.

To keep you in top shape long after others your age have started to lose their edge, the team at Eat This, Not That! have uncovered these 40 essential tips for playing your second half perfectly.

Ditch the Yo-Yo diets.

The cabbage soup diet? Really? Just no. Restricting calories and losing body fat too quickly can wreak havoc on insulin, leptin, ghrelin and other hormones, prompting a surge in hunger and a slump in metabolism. These effects can last for more than a year, even after the diet is abandoned, according to a 2011 study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Yo-yo diets also prompt a decline in dopamine, which means you’re left feeling unmotivated and sluggish.

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