If you’re like many men, weight loss for men over forty can be mystifying. You’re chronically disgusted with what you see when you look in the mirror. Wishing you could turn back the wheels of time to the days when you could eat and drink anything. This article will give you five very important tips that will really target lifestyle and nutrition. I guess you thought this article was about the usual do HIIT workouts and only eating Paleo. In reality these two components only account for 10% of the equation for weight loss for men over forty.
Tip 1. Don’t start with cutting carbs and all that perfunctory nonsense. 90% of men who go this cookie cutter route fail miserably! Two important components for fat burning and leaning out the male body are Adequate Sleep and a Winning Mindset. During sleep the human body produces all the positive hormones that regulate male hormones.
* Human Growth Hormone: This hormone rises at night to assist the body to burn unwanted fat, build muscle and repair the human body.
* Insulin Hormone: This hormone regulates blood sugar and fat storage. You want this to be lower to induce fat burning.
* Cortisol Hormone: Also known as glucocorticoids which acts as a stress hormone in the body. Good sleep allows your body to relax and rejuvenate.
Without 7-8 hours of decent sleep ALL THESE HORMONES get thrown off and men develop or retain fat!
Tip 2. Weight loss for men over forty is a gigantic goal. Anyone who says otherwise is full of it! Its requires a strong sense of discipline and focus. In order to lose weight you have to unwind bad lifestyle habits and substitute fresh new winning habits. It’s important to find a strong reason to determine the truth of what is driving you. Watch this video learn about motivations and inspiration!
Conversely, you may be faced with a myriad of obstacles in life, work, an unsupportive spouse or friends, and your own negative mindset which induces a desire to quit versus win! Always remember the reason why you’re doing this, other than the aesthetic value. Good reasons such as a recent lifestyle related health issue, the desire to see your grandchildren grow up, or getting yourself back into the dating world again. There are so many personal reasons a men want to achieve weight loss for men over forty. So find your motivation and allow it to inspire you! Remember your core reason(s), reflect upon it daily and let it drive you to succeed!
Tip 3. A Realistic Nutritional Plan: I’m not talking about unsustainable Paleo, Atkins, Weight Watchers or Zone diets. Since diets are responsible for 70% of weight loss success, it’s important to note that its 10X more effective than exercise alone. The beauty is you probably already know what foods are healthy and which are garbage. Start by building healthy nutrition habits every day. Don’t count calories! The key to weight loss success is finding a way to get to get healthy foods into your mouth every single day. Don’t worry, you will never starve, you are simply detoxifying a polluted body. If you struggle with figuring out clean eating meal plans, then consult a qualified personal trainer and nutritionist who understands the science of weight loss for men over forty.
Tip 4. Start by doing some sort of Daily Activity: I’m not talking about the gym. The gym is formal activity. In fact its the least important of all my tips. As an athlete myself, I adhere to the principle that gym training is purely designed to enhance athletic performance and rehabilitate a muscle imbalance. Get out on a mountain bike, hike, jog or swim. It’s important to find an activity which is sustainable and fun. Your time goal should be limited to 30- 45 minutes per day. This fun regimen will efficiently regulate your hunger levels.
Tip 5. Formal Exercise: Once you have Tips 1-4 in place, then you may start a formal exercise program. As a man over 40 your formal exercise program should be very simple. It should be fast in tempo and intense. It should never involve being in the gym for several hours. My recommendation would be 2 gym workouts a week.
Get involved in a group exercise class which teaches you unique exercise techniques such as HIIT, Kettlebells, Bulgarian Bag, or Functional Fitness. Your second day should be a solo strength training workout designed to enhance muscle hypertrophy and joint stability. In addition to muscular growth and definition, you can expect a surge of your serum testosterone levels, if your workout is properly designed. If you need guidance and exercise ideas you should consult a personal trainer who knows a variety of exercises.
In summary, if you follow my guidelines, you will notice significant changes in your body and also develop a positive mindset. Don’t underestimate the simplicity of this approach. It works wonders. See my latest successful clients on my testimonial page EveryBitFitAZ which speaks for itself.
Rivak Hoffman is a certified personal trainer and owner of Every Bit Fit Arizona LLC. He is an avid writer and researcher and believes education is vital for health and fitness success.