If there’s anything we’ve learned from celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lopez, it’s that turning 40 doesn’t mean the middle aged spread is upon us. And while most of us don’t have access to the kinds of personal trainers and meal planning services that the Jennifer’s do, there are still plenty of things we can be doing in our 40s and beyond that will lead to weight loss.
First, the bad news: Your metabolism does slow down
If it seemed like you suddenly started struggling to lose weight around a certain age, it wasn’t your imagination. Most women hit their peak metabolic rate in their late teens and their early 20s, while most men’s peak before age 25. At around 40, your hormones start to tank, and your metabolism follows suit.
This doesn’t mean you should give up. With a little knowledge and tweaks to your diet and daily routine, you can still shed pounds and maintain a healthy weight.