Does dealing with annoying belly fat in your 50’s frustrate you?
Well you can thank a decrease that starts in your 40’s, in the hormones estrogen and progesterone for women and testosterone for men, that is giving you that belly that you seem to have no control over!
Your life might be quite stressful in this age bracket. You might be dealing with ageing parents, or even with young kids. Add to that your career pressures and financial responsibilities and the stress factor kicks in.
Cortisol is released in response to stress as part of the ‘fight or flight’ mechanism. This hormone is NOT kind to your increasing belly fat as it stimulates your cravings for more starchy, sugary foods!
This consumption of sugary foods stimulates a release of insulin and the combo of insulin and cortisol is a bad recipe for that annoying belly fat in your 50’s!
You might consider going on a diet, consuming less calories and attempt to exercise longer and harder. This in itself causes ‘stress’.
Your body cannot differentiate between good stress and bad stress so you are back in that vicious cycle of wondering why you can’t lose your belly fat!
Genetics play a part too. So check out your Mum and Dad and see how they are fairing in the belly fat region in their later years!
But NO – you can’t blame them for it all!
That expanding layer of fat in your abdominal area unfortunately covers your precious organs. This is extremely unhealthy for the smooth functioning of your body. This annoying layer is called – visceral fat.
6 Steps To Tackle That Annoying Belly Fat In Your 50’s!
Get Your Hormones Tested!
Unfortunately if your hormones are ‘out of whack’ you will struggle in this age bracket to change your body.
I highly recommend being tested by a Specialist who deals in Bio Identical plant derived hormones. Preferably dealing in troches. Do your research and feel comfortable with whatever decision you choose to make.
Assess The Foods You Are Eating
- Are you……………
- Eating clean, organic foods?
- Including lean protein with every meal?
- Having vegetables with every meal?
- Limiting fruit to one or two pieces per day? Fruit is fructose (sugar). Your body treats it the same way as sugar from a packet.
- Are there packets and tins in your cupboards and fridge that have all sorts of numbers and ingredients listed that you have no idea what they are?
You simply ‘are what you eat’. So if you put rubbish into your body, your body will struggle to process it. Your metabolism will slow down and you will struggle to shift weight.
So clean up your daily eating but don’t go on any crazy diets!
Train Smarter NOT Longer and Harder!
Suddenly joining a boot-camp if you are not used to that type of training might not get you the results you aimed for! You are once again putting your body under stress and stress = cortisol release!
Choose an exercise program that gets you to bend, reach, twist, pull and push on many different planes.
A program that will not only strengthen your body but will lengthen your muscles. Plus will increase your heart-rate at the same time, increasing your metabolism for the rest of the day.
Adapt the HIIT training principles in your workouts.
Train for a shorter period of time but ensure you are getting your heart rate up and down within that period.
You Must Lift Heavier Weights
Heavier weights will not only change the shape of your body. But by increasing the size and tone of your muscles, you will be increasing your metabolism.
A fully formed muscle at rest is still burning energy. So, in layman terms, if you have good lean muscle on your body, you will be burning body fat even at rest.
Abdominal Work Will NOT Reduce Your Belly Fat, BUT………
You can do abdominal work until you’re ‘blue in the face’ but it will not change the annoying belly fat in your 50’s!
However, if you have strong abs and you have trained those abdominal muscles correctly, it does enable you to quite easily ‘pull your stomach in’!
It will also change your posture and make you stand taller. So where you once may have been slouched over, which will make your belly look bigger, having that strength and support through your abdominal area will lengthen your body. This will help to diminish the look of that annoying belly fat!
Rest Your Body And Mind!
Stress is not your friend when dealing with that annoying belly fat in your 50’s.
You must have rest days built into your exercise program. This is when your body is repairing itself.
Calm your mind! Meditation is a ‘life changing’ practice. It will change the way you look at life and how you choose to deal and cope with issues in your life.
Start with 5 minutes a day if you are new to it.