As we age, our metabolism slows down and belly fat becomes more difficult to lose. After 40, it’s much easier to lose muscle mass and water weight than actual fat. For this reason, those of us over 40 have to work a little harder than someone in her 20’s to get a toned stomach. It can be done, though—just ask Cameron Diaz! Here are some proven tips to get a flat stomach after 40.
Tip 1: Modify your dinner menu.
Switch up your dinnertime dining options to include more protein and fewer carbohydrates. Our blackened sockeye salmon with a small green salad is a great example.
Tip 2: Each a diet rich in fiber.
Fiber can help you fight fat, feel more full, and lose weight. Fiber is a component of some carbohydrates that cannot be digested. It pushes through our system and cleans it out along the way. Try a bowl of apple cinnamon oatmeal for breakfast and Skinny Quinoa with Black Beans for dinner.
Tip 3: Reduce your caloric intake.
As your metabolism slows, you don’t need quite as many calories to make it through the day. Reduce your caloric intake by about 20% to avoid unwanted weight gain. Incorporate low-cal foods like spinach to give your meals more volume without added calories.
Tip 4: Intensify your workouts.
Perform HIIT, or high intensity interval training, three to four times per week. Or, try four to five fat scorching Tabata moves. These high-intensity workouts burn the highest number of calories in the lowest amount of time, and they rev up your body to burn more fat even while you’re resting.
Tip 5: Focus on shredding fat.
Tip 6: Snack on flat belly foods.
Remember, fitness is as much about what you eat as what you do in the gym. When hunger strikes, have plenty of flat belly foods like almonds, apples and Greek yogurt on hand to avoid snacking snafus. Make sure your pantry is free of these 25 foods notorious for packing on the pounds.
Ready to commit to losing belly fat for good? Take our 3-step flat bally challenge to help hold yourself accountable.
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