There are many actions that can jumpstart your metabolism at any age. You may be surprised by how easy it is to increase metabolism after you turn 40.
Many of these tactics are the simple things we take for granted. You can easily boost your energy levels and live a full and happy life.
What Exactly Is Metabolism?
Before we talk about increasing your metabolism, let's chat quickly about what it really is.
Simply put, your metabolism is a chemical reaction that happens inside your body constantly. This process keeps your cells healthy and operating the way they should.
In fact, there are two parts to your metabolism:
- Catabolism – Produces energy from molecules
- Anabolism – Converts nutrients into the materials needed by cells
Knowing that metabolism runs off of the energy in our body which is created by food, it's obvious that eating properly is one of the most effective methods to increase your metabolism.
How Metabolism Decreases With Age
There are three main factors that contribute to unwanted weight gain for women in their 40s.
- Metabolism slows by about 5% every decade after the age of 40.
- Most women experience loss of muscle mass around the same age.
- Estrogen levels start to decrease, while insulin increases – resulting in more cravings.
The compound effect of these three events usually results in unwanted weight gain that can seem inevitable.
In addition, many women have families by the time they are 40 and busy careers. The demands of these roles contribute greatly to stress levels, physical demands and lack of time.
However, knowing about the three physiological changes and life stressors can help you make informed decisions about your metabolism and health.
Read on to learn about the lifestyle changes you can make today that will keep you energetic, mentally sharp and fit for longer!
How to Increase Metabolism After 40
You might be surprised at this list of how to increase metabolism after 40. But believe us, if you invest in these changes, you can truly start to see results.
Getting enough shut-eye is actually one of the most effective metabolic boosters. It takes the least amount of effort on this whole list!
We recommend 6 to 8 hours of sleep every night so your body can re-balance hormone and stress levels.
Adjusting your diet is a very direct way to affect metabolism. After all, food creates the energy that metabolism runs on!
While there are many diets out there, we recommend trying the free diet offered in the Fit Mom 3-Day Jumpstart.
The Fit Mom 3-Day Jumpstart gives you everything you need to know about nutrients and portioning your plate for a healthy weight loss diet.
As we know, our bodies are 60% water and need it to function properly. But did you know that proper hydration also plays into your metabolism?
Drinking water can help to flush out toxins from your body, which increases your metabolism's efficiency.
In addition, drinking cold water specifically can help to lower your body temperature and force your body to increase its metabolic rate to bring your temperature back down.
Exercising forces your heart to beat faster so that your organs have the nutrients they need to fuel your workout and repair themselves.
We've found that high-intensity training helps your body boost metabolism the most. In a workout, this would be exerting yourself to the highest extent for a short period of time and then taking a short break.
This cycle would repeat itself and can mix and match workouts so that you stay engaged.
Conversely, weight training helps your body and metabolism in a different way.
When you have more muscle mass, your body needs more calories to burn to maintain these muscles.
After consistent weight training, your body will transition into having lean muscle mass and a higher metabolic rate.
Pairing enough protein with weight or interval training will help your body to increase muscle mass.
This will allow you to reap all the benefits of your exercising and increase your metabolism by way of burning more calories.
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In addition to green tea's positive antioxidants, it's also thermogenic.
This means that green tea raises your core body temperature, which forces your body to respond by increasing your metabolic rate.
Alcohol packs on pounds and contains unwanted sugars.
If you can reduce your alcohol intake to just on social occasions, you can limit the number of unnecessary calories that are weighing your metabolism down.
Think about it – just one can of soda has a quarter cup of sugar. This amount of sugar is difficult to work off in a day, especially if you don't go to the gym regularly.
If you remove sugary drinks (and eventually sugary snacks), you can decrease your fat storage and keep your metabolism working more efficiently.
Check Your Digestion
If your digestion is sluggish or clogged, you might want to consider adding in digestive enzymes or fiber into your diet.
Removing digestive clogs allows your body and metabolism to work more efficiently.
As you can see, many of the recommendations for how to increase your metabolism after 40 revolve around a holistically healthy lifestyle.
Paying attention to things we take for granted – like sleep and hydration – can make a big impact on your overall health especially when compounded by other good habits.
If you're ready to kick your metabolism into high gear, download the free 3-Day Fit Mom Jumpstart!
You'll receive free online coaching from Dr. Anthony Balduzzi, a complete diet and workout plan.
The best time to jumpstart your life and metabolism is now.
Dr. Anthony Balduzzi
Founder, The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project
Brotherhood Nickname: “Mr. Results”
Bragging Rights: Has helped over 10,000 fathers lose over 75,000lbs and rebuild lean muscle