Are you frustrated and depressed with that annoying belly fat in your 50’s?
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’s 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’ trigger. This hormone is NOT kind to your increasing belly fat as it stimulates your cravings for more starchy, sugary foods!
Knocking back these sugary foods stimulates a release of insulin and the combo of insulin and cortisol is a bad recipe for belly fat in your 50’s!
You might go on a diet, consume less calories and attempt to exercise longer and harder. This just causes ‘stress’ in your body.
Your body can’t tell the difference between good stress and bad stress so you’re 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’re fairing in the belly fat region!
But NO – you can’t blame them!
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’ll struggle in this age bracket to change your body.
Get 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.
Look At What You’re Eating
Eating clean, organic foods?
Including lean protein with every meal?
Having green 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 on them and you’ve no idea what they are?
You ‘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’ll 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’re not used to that type of training, might not get you the results you aimed for! You’re once again putting your body under stress and stress = cortisol release = belly fat!
Choose an exercise program that gets you to bend, reach, twist, pull and push all within one workout.
A program that will strengthen your body but will lengthen your muscles too. Plus will increase your heart-rate at the same time, getting your metabolism fired up for the rest of the day.
Train for a shorter period of time – start interval training – getting your heart rate up and down in short bursts throughout your workout.
You Must Lift Heavier Weights
Heavier weights will change the shape of your body. And by increasing the size and tone of your muscles, you’ll be increasing your metabolism.
A fully formed muscle at rest is still burning energy. So, in layman terms, if you’ve good lean muscle on your body, you’ll be burning body fat even just sitting there!
Ab Exercises Will NOT Reduce Your Annoying Belly Fat, BUT………
You can do ab exercises until you’re ‘blue in the face’ but it won’t change your belly fat issues in your 50’s!
However, if you’ve strong abs and you’ve trained your muscles correctly, it makes it easy to ‘pull your guts in’ when you have to!
It also changes your posture and makes 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 ab area will lengthen your body. This’ll help to diminish the look of that annoying belly fat!
Rest Your Body And Mind!
Stress is not your friend when dealing with belly fat.
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’ll change the way you look at life and how you cope with things.
Start with just 5 minutes a day if you’re new to it.
You’re unique. What works for someone else might not work for you.
Be patient, be kind to yourself and put the work in to find what works best for YOUR body!