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Female Fat Loss Over 40

Female fat loss over 40 may be more challenging than any other weight loss because hormones are involved and the metabolism is very slow. With a strong mindset, dedication and hard work, any female over 40 can still achieve fat loss.

Female Fat Loss Over 40
Female fat loss over 40 may be more challenging than any other weight loss because hormones are involved and the metabolism is very slow. Photo by Shape

First off, as women reach menopause, the estrogen and testosterone levels begin to drop drastically making it much harder to lose weight. The appetite increases and women are less likely to exercise as they get older in age. This is the reason why many women are obese between the ages 50 and 60.

Second, not getting enough sleep can be a huge issue for female fat loss over 40. Stress,hot flashes and cold sweats cause women to have trouble sleeping at night.There are two hormones that lack of sleep is linked to: leptin (lets you know you are full) and ghrelin (“feed me” hormone). If you are losing sleep, these hormones may be the cause.

Third, as women get older their bodies become resistant to insulin. When we eat foods that break down into sugar, the pancreas pumps out insulin to move the sugar out of our blood. People with insulin resistance are at risk for type 2 diabetes because the cells have trouble absorbing sugar which causes a buildup of insulin and sugar in the blood. This will also increase weight gain and make it difficult for female fat loss over 40.

Now that we know what effects female fat loss over 40, let’s go over what can be done to correct the issue.

Eating more fruits, vegetables and whole grains is a great start for your female fat loss diet plan. Stay away from added sugar,refined grains and processed or package foods. Those type of foods are not nutritious and will easily make you gain weight along with other health problems. I started small by eating more salads and fruit a few days per week versus eating out at restaurants.

Exercising is the next key to weight loss and increasing your chances of female fat loss over 40. You do not have to start off by joining the gym and going hard for hours. The way I started off was jogging then walking for a couple miles a day. When I got more energy and in better shape, then I started going to the gym and working out more. I gradually began to increase my exercises as I got better.

Getting more sleep and stressing less is also an important aspect of weight loss. Whenever I do not get enough sleep I become very stressful and cannot perform to my fullest. Once I began to mediate more and get extra hours of sleep, my stress levels when down and also I lost more weight.

All in all, is not hard to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle if you adjust a few things in your life. Eating healthy, exercising and getting more sleep are all keys to living healthy and having a better chance at female fat loss over 40.

Leeman Taylor
B.S. Criminal Justice
Real Estate Investor

Female Fat Loss Workout

Female fat loss workouts are really no different than men workouts. Workouts for females are just at tough and the fat loss strategies should be intense and challenging if you are trying to lose weight.

Female Fat Loss Workout
Female fat loss workouts to help you loss weight. Photo by Simply Shredded

There are many different female fat loss workouts to choose from and to be honest, you just have to pick the ones you like and stick to them. The real reason behind the fat loss is dedication and consistency. Also, you have to change your mindset to achieve real weight loss results and stay motivated. I will go over a few female workouts that you can use if you are just starting out and have dreams of losing weight for a better you.

The first female fat loss workout is the incline dumbbell bench press. This is a beginner’s exercise that improves the chest. You start by picking up the dumbbells and positioning them to your hips. Push upward while extending your arms and return the dumbbells until your elbows are at a 90-degree angle. Three sets of eight to ten reps are good.

The next female fat loss workout is the dumbbell jump squat. This workout is for your quads. Start with the dumbbells to your side and make sure your thighs are parallel to the round. When you reach the depth of you squat, explode upward, driving the balls of your feet to the floor. Jump high as you can then land softly in the squat position. Do as many reps as possible.

The last female fat loss workout is the plank. This is a beginner’s exercise for women fat loss and this one targets the abs. You start this exercise by laying fat on your stomach then prop up your torso with you elbows and your feet up on your toes. Hold this position for as long as you can while keeping your body straight. Three sets for one minute is a good start for beginners.

Leeman Taylor
B.S. Criminal Justice
Real Estate Investor

Weight Loss is Easy

Weight loss is easy. Yes, you heard that right! Losing weight is really not difficult at all. When you really sit and think about it, weight loss is 5 percent physical and 95 percent mental.

Weight Loss is Easy

Weight loss is easy. Yes, you heard that right! Losing weight is really not difficult at all. When you really sit and think about it, weight loss is 5 percent physical and 95 percent mental. Photo by Times Now News

It seems like every day there is a new study or product that comes out claiming to be the magic formula to achieving weight loss. Companies are spending millions of dollars trying to market their new product that promises to make you lose weight with no effort.

What they do not tell you is that all results are not typical and you cannot lose weight without some sort of diet and exercise. There is no pill or formula that will make you reduce body fat without you doing anything.

The truth is that you must do some kind of physical activity and make changes to your diet to effectively achieve long term weight loss. The most important part is that it actually starts in your head. You must first have the proper mindset and discipline to lose weight. If you tell yourself you can’t, you have already lost the battle. Get it in your mind that you will lose weight no matter what and write down your goals. When I started writing down my goals and posting them on my wall, I would look at them each day and take small steps to achieve them.

Once I got the mindset and kept telling myself I will lose weight, I took massive imperfect action. Some days when I did not feel like going to the gym after working 10 hours, I really had to push myself. Even if I only worked out for thirty minutes a day, I at least tried to do something. Believe me, it was really tough especially when your body is already tired from working all day.

I also had to make changes to my diet. I went from eating fast food to salads and fruit for lunch while at work. Now I still treat myself to something I want at least twice per week but I do dedicate most of my work days to eating healthy and working out. Since I changed my mindset to think positive about weight loss, it has become easy for me. It is not the workouts or diet that I struggle with, it is my own mindset that tells me no when I really need to push forward.

So when I say that weight loss is easy, I mean just that. If you can just change your mindset and focus on your goals, you can lose weight effectively and keep it off. Being around other partners that have similar goals will greatly influence you and make the entire process enjoyable. Today I challenge you to change your thinking and control your mindset to focus on your goals and start your journey to weight loss.

Leeman Taylor

B.S. Criminal Justice
Real Estate Investor

It seems like every day there is a new study or product that comes out claiming to be the magic formula to achieving weight loss. Companies are spending millions of dollars trying to market their new product that promises to make you lose weight with no effort.

What they do not tell you is that all results are not typical and you cannot lose weight without some sort of diet and exercise. There is no pill or formula that will make you reduce body fat without you doing anything.

The truth is that you must do some kind of physical activity and make changes to your diet to effectively achieve long term weight loss. The most important part is that it actually starts in your head. You must first have the proper mindset and discipline to lose weight. If you tell yourself you can’t, you have already lost the battle. Get it in your mind that you will lose weight no matter what and write down your goals. When I started writing down my goals and posting them on my wall, I would look at them each day and take small steps to achieve them.

Once I got the mindset and kept telling myself I will lose weight, I took massive imperfect action. Some days when I did not feel like going to the gym after working 10 hours, I really had to push myself. Even if I only worked out for thirty minutes a day, I at least tried to do something. Believe me, it was really tough especially when your body is already tired from working all day.

I also had to make changes to my diet. I went from eating fast food to salads and fruit for lunch while at work. Now I still treat myself to something I want at least twice per week but I do dedicate most of my work days to eating healthy and working out. Since I changed my mindset to think positive about weight loss, it has become easy for me. It is not the workouts or diet that I struggle with, it is my own mindset that tells me no when I really need to push forward.

So when I say that weight loss is easy, I mean just that. If you can just change your mindset and focus on your goals, you can lose weight effectively and keep it off. Being around other partners that have similar goals will greatly influence you and make the entire process enjoyable. Today I challenge you to change your thinking and control your mindset to focus on your goals and start your journey to weight loss.

Leeman Taylor

B.S. Criminal Justice
Real Estate Investor

Self-Control Key to Weight Loss, Study

A behavioral therapist may be as important as a low calorie diet for weight loss, according to researchers.

Self-Control Key to Weight Loss

Teaching people to trigger their brain’s self-control centers could be a key factor in losing weight and keeping it off, said senior researcher Dr. Alain Dagher. Photo by Skinny MS

Brain scans show that individuals who are better at losing weight have more activity in areas of the brain related to self-control, a small new study finds.

Teaching people to trigger their brain’s self-control centers could be a key factor in losing weight and keeping it off, said senior researcher Dr. Alain Dagher. He’s a neurologist with McGill University’s Montreal Neurological Institute in Canada.

Weight loss forces the body to signal that there is an energy deficit, activating an area of the brain associated with motivation and desire, he said. That region — the ventromedial prefrontal cortex — promotes hunger pangs in response.

But there’s a counterbalancing force, another region of the brain that promotes self-control, called the lateral prefrontal cortex.

“It’s a struggle, and we’re doing brain imaging of that struggle, the struggle between the desire to lose weight and the desire to eat tasty food,” Dagher said.

In the study, Dagher and his colleagues gathered brain scans of 24 individuals enrolled in a 1,200 calorie-per-day diet at a weight-loss clinic. One brain scan was done before starting the diet, another one month into the diet, and a third at three months.

“We showed them appetizing pictures of food and measured the brain response to these pictures,” which naturally triggered the motivation region of the brain, Dagher said.

Individuals who lost the most weight also displayed increased activity in the brain regions that promote self-control, overriding the hunger signals from the motivation centers, the researchers said.

According to Dr. Jeffrey Zigman, an endocrinologist with UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, “Those people who achieved greater weight loss had a greater activation of brain regions that are involved in self-regulation, which might suggest they are better able to self-control their food intake.”

Also, Zigman said, “It seemed to indicate that in people who regained weight later down the line, those areas of the brain were not as active. It does suggest that a person’s ability to activate those areas of the brain involved in cognitive control or self-regulation did better with achieving greater weight loss.”

Dagher went on to say that it is not as simple as just saying that individuals are better wired to maintain a healthy lifestyle, since several factors can trigger how well the self-control center works.

For instance, stress can cause a person’s self-control systems not to function properly. It is possible that the people who were less successful at losing weight had more stress in their lives and those events made it more difficult for them to activate those brain regions.

Effective weight-loss plans may need to include treatments that promote self-control, such as cognitive behavioral therapy.

Although it could be difficult to find qualified cognitive behavioral therapist to help them lose weight, it may still be worth a try to seek out those treatments for weight loss.

The study was published online Oct. 18 in the journal Cell Metabolism.

Source: Alain Dagher, M.D., neurologist, McGill University’s Montreal Neurological Institute, Quebec, Canada; Jeffrey Zigman, M.D., Ph.D., endocrinologist, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas and fellow, The Obesity Society; Oct. 18, 2018,Cell Metabolism, online

Leeman Taylor
B.S. Criminal Justice
Real Estate Investor & Internet Marketer

Red Tea Detox Review

The Red Tea Detox is a new rapid weight loss program that can help you lose 14 pounds of body in just 14 days. It involves drinking a special African blend of red tea to help you lose weight fast.

Red Tea Detox

Lose 14 pounds in 14 days with the red tea detox diet. Photo by hotskinnytea

The rea tea detox diet may be challenging but you can get the results you want if you really discipline yourself. This system is detox diet that uses a special red tea detox recipe to speed up fat loss. You will get the red tea detox recipe and learn to make it when you buy the program.

In addition to the red detox recipe, you will be given a guide on what to eat or avoid to make sure your weight loss is a success.

When you buy the red detox diet, you get an eBook with supplement information and the red detox ingredients that you can change up if you like. The red detox diet teaches you about detoxification, which is only eating fruits, vegetables and drinking liquids. You are basically cleansing your body of bad toxins.

In my opinion detox diets are okay if you are not starving yourself or depriving your body of the nutrients it needs.

To say the least, the red detox diet seems to be a pretty good program worth giving a try. If you want to lose weight fast and slow down your hunger cravings, then this may be the diet for you. Weight loss is challenging but with the right diet and exercise routine you will lose weight to achieve your goals. Buy the red tea detox here!

Leeman Taylor
B.S. Criminal Justice
Real Estate Investor

Fasting Diet 16:8 Linked to Weight Loss

Fasting diets have gained popularity over the past few years but little research has proven how healthy they really are while helping us lose weight. A new study has focused on how time-restricted diets actually benefit your health.

Fasting Diet 16 8

Lose weight with time-restricted diets, better known as fasting, study. Photo by Motley Health

During the study, researchers put 23 obese participants on the 16:8 diet, a type of intermittent fasting. This form of diet involves eating in an 8-hour window. For this study, the eating times were between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. For the 16 hours in between, they only consumed calorie-free drinks like water.

The scientist analyzed factors such as high blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels, and fat mass for 12 weeks. Results were compared to separate weight loss trials between 2011 and 2015.

Participants who ate between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. consumed 350 less calories, ending in a three percent body weight loss. Their blood pressure dropped as well but insulin resistance, cholesterol levels and fat mass were about the same compared to the control group.

Krista Varady, one of the study’s authors and associate professor of kinesiology and nutrition at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Applied Health Sciences, mentioned in a statement that the real message from the study is that eliminating certain foods or counting calories are not the only effective methods for losing weight.

The authors noted that the results reflect those from previous studies of other forms of intermittent fasting, including alternate day fasting, where an individual eats normally every other day.

I normally have an eight-hour window myself when it comes to my diet. I usually eat between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. If I do become very hungry at night, I will eat some fruit before I go to bed. When I work out a few times a week combined with my fasting, I have been able to lose belly fat much faster than any other diet I have tried.

Varady mentioned that the 16:8 is much easier for individuals maintain compared to other fasting diets.

Still, more research is needed to see how this diet compares to other fasting diets in terms of health benefits and weight loss. This is only a small study but it does show some promising effects of how fasting can help you lose weight. In my opinion, the best thing you can do is find a diet and exercise plan that works for you. Weight loss is different for everyone, so finding a program that you can maintain is important if you want to lose weight.

Source: G. Kashmira; “16:8 Fasting diet linked to weight loss and health benefits in study” www.newsweek.com June 19, 2018

Leeman Taylor
B.S. Criminal Justice

Diet and Exercise for Weight Loss

Weight loss involves both diet and exercise. But which one is more important. In my experience, you must do both you if want to lose weight and have a toned physique.

Diet & Exercise

You need both diet and exercise to lose weight. Photo by Webmd

I use to think that if I spent hours in the gym and still ate what I wanted that I would lose weight but that did not work. It does not matter how much you work out or how many calories you burn, if you do not eat healthy, you cannot maintain your weight. If you eat unhealthy meals your body will be too busy burning that energy off before it actually burns calories or fat.

For instance, if you eat a steak dinner and do not doing any exercise, you will burn off the calories from that dinner but the rest will be stored as fat. When you eat late at night your body still burn calories but not enough to lose weight significantly. I use to eat breakfast in the morning but I found out that if I skip breakfast, my body will burn more calories throughout the day and I will not feel that afternoon crash.

I start my day with a bottle of water or Gatorade to stay hydrated and wait until after 12 when I eat my first meal. I use to eat heavy in the morning, grits, eggs, sausage, but I learned that is not healthy for you because it is not nutritious. Eating heavy slows you down and not eating healthy causes many health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure and risk for stroke.

I substitute fried foods for baked foods and I eat more whole grains, lean meats and fruits and vegetables. When I changed my diet I began to see real results when I combined my workouts. At first, I was just working out hard and still tried to eat what I wanted, but I was still getting fat.

I do not spend hours in the gym either. I only workout for about an hour a day and I usually have a protein shake afterwards. If I do get hungry in the morning, I eat something light like some fruit or drink a protein shake.

To say the least, weight loss really starts in the kitchen. If you can make small changes to your diet and add some physical activity in there, you are on the right path. If you are new to weight loss, it would to be best to consult your doctor to come up with a plan you can stick to. Until then have a blessed day and get started with your weight loss journey today.

Leeman Taylor, trainer from CPR training in Otttawa

Lose Weight, Belly Fat

When you lose weight but still have that stubborn belly fat it is quite frustrating. You work out hard on a regular basis and you eat healthy bur you still cannot seem to reduce belly fat. There are many reasons why you are not losing stomach fat and a lot of times it may be your genes, exercise routine or your diet. Today we will go over some reasons why you are achieving your weight loss goals but not losing fat around the waist.

Flat Stomach

Lose weight and belly fat by changing your diet, strength training and cardio. Photo by Trimmed and Toned

First off, why is belly fat stubborn? “Belly fat is often a sign of ‘stress’ or insulin resistance. When you are stressed, your cortisol levels rise, which may lead to storing fat in your middle,” Amy Shapiro, MS, RD, CDN, and founder of Real Nutrition, says. “Genetics do play a role here as well, so if your parent tends to carry weight in their middle, you might end up doing the same.” You can still achieve that flat stomach you always dreamed of, so do not let genetics discourage you.

Also,  Cassie Lambert, NASM certified trainer and strength coach, mentioned that your weight-loss method may also play a role. “For example, a low-carbohydrate diet will kick-start weight loss, but this is because of the water loss from the glycogen in the muscles and not fat,” she explained. Lambert also cited large amounts of cardio as an example of how to quickly lose weight but not belly fat. In other words, you may be losing water weight and not fat stored in your body.

Evan Harden, personal trainer and National Bar League founder, said that losing weight too fast is a common mistake. “When that happens, it is hard to preserve muscle, let alone grow new muscle,” Harden said. “This leads to losing weight but not body fat and ultimately a poor body composition.” Losing weight slowly is essential to preserving muscle, and Harden noted that new research shows we should not lose more than one to three percent of our bodyweight per week.

Many of us have unrealistic weight loss goals and try to lose weight too rapid. When we do not see results fast we get discouraged and ultimately give up. Take your time and lose weight gradually.

Even though you cannot  spot reduce fat, there are nutrition and fitness ways that are effective for losing weight in the most proportional way possible. Shapiro recommended a nutrition plan that consists of high-fiber foods, lean proteins, and healthy fats at every meal.

“Visualize [your] plate and cut it in half. Make sure half the plate is full of plants, fruits, and veggies at every meal,” she advised. “Then cut the other half into quarters, and make sure one-quarter is protein and one-quarter is whole grains.”

It is great to be committed but if you ever fall off track do not beat yourself up. Just get back on the course next time and be consistent. Do not let one mistake affect your weight loss goal.

When it comes to workouts, a combination of strength training and high intensity cardio exercises is the best fitness routine to lose body fat. Strength training three to five times per week improves metabolic function and body composition according to Lambert. You increase your caloric deficit by including cardio workouts in your fat loss routine.

When we have a goal to lose weight and body fat, is it easy to be strictly focused on losing weight as fast as possible. Unfortunately, it is not healthy or effective to maintain weight loss that way. If we focus on good nutrition and daily exercise as a lifestyle, we are more likely to lose weight and belly fat in a healthy manner and keep if off.

Source: Flynn, C. “Why You’re Losing Weight but Not Belly Fat — and What to Do About It” www. Popsugar.com 16 May 2018

Leeman Taylor
B.S. Criminal Justice

Lose Weight No Matter How Many Times You Eat

To lose weight you have to eat healthy and exercise regularly but does it matter when you eat? Some say you must eat three times per day for weight loss and others say you must eat six small meals to shed those extra pounds.

Does Eating Time Affect Weight Loss

Weight loss does not affect how many times a day you eat. Photo by fitday.com

If you eat 2,000 calories per day, then it really should not matter how you spread it out. You can either consume those calories in three meals or portion it out into six meals. No matter what, you are still consuming 2,000 calories.

Blogger Lucy Mountain, better known as “thefashionfitnessfoodie” on Instagram, said “The current body research doesn’t show any metabolic advantage toward eating more or less frequently per day when it comes to body composition changes. “It’s your energy balance over time which has impact.”

There is no right way to lose weight. The most important part is finding what diet works best for you. Maybe eating just three meals fits your schedule or you have time to eat small meals or snacks throughout the day. As long as you are eating healthy it should not matter how many times a day you eat. I usually eat about three meals per day after 12 PM because of my work schedule. I always work out in the mornings before work so I skip breakfast and eat some fruits in the afternoon when I get to work.

I am not perfect so sometimes I cheat and have a good snack during the day right before I get off from work. I do go hard in the gym with lifting weights and cardio so I am able to maintain my weight by burning those extra calories. I have seen great results since I started eating more fruits and vegetables in my diet and focusing on lean white meals such as fish and chicken. Although there are many popular diets out there that help you lose weight, I had to find out what works for me and listen to my body.

Weight loss takes a lot of time and dedication but if you can find a plan for you, then you are most definitely close to your weight loss goals. Do not focus on how many times you eat per day, but eat healthy and control your portions to achieve the weight loss you desire. Thanks and God bless!

Source: Sugar, J. “How Many Times a Day Should You Eat to Lose Weight?” www.popsugar.com 4 May 2018

Leeman Taylor
B.S. Criminal Justice

Lose Belly Fat, Gain Muscle Mass

Losing weight and trying to get those six pack abs is not an easy task. I tried working out for hours in the gym to get that flat stomach that everyone loves but I was missing something. I was not making the changes that I needed to my diet to really shed those extra pounds around the belly.

Lose Belly Fat, Gain Muscle Mass

Eat more protein, lift weights and to cardio to get those six pack abs.

So recently, I began to skip breakfast (fasting) and only eat after 12 PM. My first meal would be a protein shake or some fruits. I also would exercise when I first get up in the morning for about an hour. I believe that researchers have it all wrong with what they say about breakfast. I think that it actually slows you down and stops your metabolism when you eat a big breakfast in the morning.

I want to gain muscle mass and have a six pack so I lift heavy weights then I do my cardio afterwards which is running. I do strength training for about 45 minutes then I usually run for the last 15 minutes. I try to work out at least four times a week to give my body enough time it needs to recover. Since I eat more fruits and vegetables now, my weight loss and muscle gain is more effective and my friends are starting to notice. It makes you feel good inside which you pack on those extra pounds of muscle and the compliments start rolling in.

I can remember one week I caught a stomach virus and I really was not eating well. I lost about 10 pounds just in a matter of days! This lets me know that you too can lose weight fast if you make changes to your diet but you do not have to starve yourself. To lose belly fat and shed those extra pounds, I changed my diet a little and went hard on my workouts. I only eat about twice per day, once in the afternoon and later on in the evening. If I feel like I am starving at night, I might eat some fruits to accommodate my appetite.

Watching what you eat is very important, I eat fish, chicken and turkey for my meats and fruits and vegetables to go along with it. I try to stay away from too much sugar and refined foods like white rice and bread. I eat more whole grains and I am working on drinking water more often. Just doing these things have helped my weight loss a lot and I am starting to gain more muscle mass now. I started my journey to gain muscle mass and maintain my weight for over a year now and it has been good so far. My goal is to maintain a flat stomach and keep the muscle mass going. I will keep you updated on my success. Thanks and God bless you all!

Leeman Taylor
B.S. Criminal Justice