Most weight loss articles and tips we see in magazines and on Youtube and Instagram seem to target women. Both Men and Women have different bodies, and different challenges when it comes to losing weight. What works for women won’t necessarily work for a man and vice versa. This holds true whether we’re talking diet plans, exercise routines, and supplements to help spur on weight loss or increase thermogenesis.
While losing weight and staying fit can be more challenging after 40, by no means is it the beginning to the end of looking good, and staying fit and healthy, though many men will find it more challenging losing or maintaining weight as they age. Turning 40 may mean that you have to rethink your pizza and beer every night habit if you want to keep that six-pack and keep those love handles away. Despite things being a bit more challenging, the good news is there’s numerous ways for men over 40 to tackle weight loss and maintaining the physique they want and one which inspires self-confidence.
The Most Popular Plan Isn’t Necessarily The One For You
When it comes to diets and eating patterns there’s no shortage of diets from the Atkins Diet to the Mediterranean Diet, Keto Diets, and so much more. While there’s a ton of research, studies, and literature on what works for women, surprisingly there’s not nearly as much info out there for guys.
For those guys who find sticking to a strict diet to be a challenge, the good news is some simple changes can make a big difference, little things like cutting out soft drinks, limiting carbs, and not eating after 6 PM can make a big difference. The most important thing is selecting a diet or meal plan which works in your life. Many guys live busy and active lives and find themselves eating on the go. Meal Prepping can be a great way to solve this problem, doing all your shopping and meal prep on one particular day so you don’t leave things up to chance and wind up hitting drive thru’s when life gets complicated.
The most important thing is consistency. You likely only need to make a few small changes as long as you stay consistent with them.
Build Your Muscles
Many men would probably be surprised to learn that beginning in our 30’s we begin to lose anywhere from 3-5% of our muscle each decade if we don’t continue working out and staying active, stressing the “if you don’t stay active” part. By working out regularly, staying active, and continuing to build muscle we can keep this muscle loss at bay.
It’s also worth nothing that the more muscle we have the more calories we burn which will, in turn, help you either lose weight or maintain weight. Many guys over 40 live busy lives and have a hard time fitting in workouts or staying consistent with their training. To combat this many busy men do HIIT or high intensity workouts as this can compress a lot of activity into a shortened period of time. No need to spend hours in the gym each day, 30 minutes can give you a killer workout.
Cut Back On The Alcohol
Another easy to tip help with your weight loss journey is cutting out, or limiting your alcohol intake. Men who cut back their alcohol intake have a significantly easier time losing weight. Less alcohol also will likely mean less late-night drive through tips and pizza orders. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a libation from time to time, but consider doing a vodka and tonic instead of a craft beer, that will also make a difference.
Supplementation and Weight Loss Pills
While Diet and Exercise are musts when it comes to losing weight and maintaining your physique there are supplements out there that can help you achieve these goals. It’s important to stress that there are no magic pills and nothing will replace hard work and dedication, however, there are some products on the market that can make your fat loss journey a bit easier.
These include supplements that will help suppress your appetite, supplements which will help increase thermogenesis, and supplements that will help your body better utilize calories and carbs as energy, as opposed to storing them as fat. For guys looking for appetite suppression, they may want to consider something like HydroxyElite, or guys who are looking to go a bit more natural something like African Mango. For guys looking for increased energy to stay more active and have the energy to hit the gym after work, something like Lipodrene. And for those guys looking to help their bodies more efficiently turn calories and carbs into energy as opposed to fat, something like either a Glucose Disposal Agent (GDA) or L-Carnitine.
While it can be frustrating that our careless lifestyles of our twenties don’t yield the same body types they did back then, the good news is that we can stay in shape, maintain our physiques, and stay looking good well beyond 40 by following some of these simple tips, and staying consistent with them.