For the first time ever… Health Insider’s personal trainer, Laura, shares her most immediate tips to flatten your tummy, shape your thighs, and get you ready for the beach. Perfect for women over 40.
Want a fabulous figure to flaunt at the beach or your next pool party?
We asked Laura our readers’ most common questions about getting in shape after 40. Follow her expert recommendations and get a firm, slim body just in time for your big summer reveal. Your bikini body countdown starts now!
“First things first. Laura, can I really get in shape after 40?”
I love this question!
Yes, you absolutely can, but there’s a catch. We’re not twenty anymore. When we get older, our hormones change, and our metabolism slows down – it’s a fact of life. So those exercises and diets that worked in our 20s just won’t cut it anymore.
Many people get disappointed because they think this means you have to work really hard to lose weight when you’re 40… or older.
Of course, that’s not entirely true. Working hard works, but we don’t HAVE to grind ourselves to dust to lose weight. We can instead just make smarter diet and exercise choices. Yes, that’s it, really!
I’ve personally worked with people who were 50, 60, and yes, even 70. The tips I’m going to share with you will work well at any age.
If actors can get and stay in shape over 40, why can’t you too? Sure, they get a lot of help (and money). But you’ll get plenty of help from me as well.
I know you may be skeptical right now, and you may think you’re too old to have a fantastically slim figure in just a few weeks. Or maybe you’re thinking that the better part of your life is over, but trust me…
The best part of your life is just beginning. Let’s get started!
“What diet will help me achieve maximum fat loss and get me ready for summer?”
Let’s get one thing out of the way: ANY diet can work if you’re eating less than you burn… but some diets are easier to follow than others.
For significant, lasting, and reliable weight loss right before summer or a sunny photoshoot… I always recommend a personalized diet plan.
In a personalized diet, a professional nutritionist customizes everything for you based on your daily schedule, eating preferences, age, weight, and so on.
Most people think of “starvation” when they hear “diet,” or at the very least, a lot of “no.”
Honestly, if you’re still hungry during a diet, it’s not going to work.
You should feel satisfied after each meal, no matter the calorie intake. Most diets that leave you hungry are just bad or extremely poorly thought out.
With a perfect personalized plan, a nutritionist hand-picks every meal for you so you have all of your nutritional needs covered. Therefore, your body won’t have a reason to experience intense hunger.
And don’t think you’ll be stuck eating only kale and broccoli. Your nutritionist will provide finger-lickin’ recipes based on your very own food preferences.
So not only will you feel less hungry, but you’ll also get to eat tons of foods you already enjoy, including some indulgent treats.
Sticking to such a diet plan is honestly much easier than most people realize. Everything’s done for you, and there’s significantly less hunger compared to an average diet.
When the food is good, nutritional, and hits the spot, you won’t feel like you’re missing anything.
“How to avoid the pitfalls of everyday life?”
Life can get messy. Things change, you get busy, you have a bad day now and then.
How do we keep our diets in check when life constantly throws wrenches at us?
Everybody is different, and everybody has their own struggles to deal with.
Maybe it’s long work hours, young kids, living in the middle of a home renovation – stuff happens. There is no magic bullet, no one “do this” that will keep everyone on track.
But making your diet a routine is your best chance at surviving those daily everyday-life temptations. Carve out some time to commit to shopping and cooking healthy foods each day.
What’s best is that most personalized diet plans do all the legwork for you – they provide you with ready-made grocery lists, tell you how to swap ingredients and vary your recipes (usually, they take no longer than 15 minutes to prepare!)
All you have to do is just eat the foods you love and watch the pounds melt away.
Setting time and building a routine, combined with a plan that constantly steers you back on track, will give you that perfect summer body – guaranteed!
“How can I banish water retention?”
Water retention and bloating are your worst enemies right before you get out on the beach. You worked so hard to sculpt your body, but if you’re bloated, nobody will notice.
It sucks, but I have a semi-counterintuitive solution for you. To help your body hold less water, you need to drink MORE water.
You need at least two gallons a day, maybe three if you want faster results.
Start your day right by drinking two glasses of water immediately. It’s a must for a flat tummy and more visible weight loss, just like adhering to a personalized diet.
Then keep drinking more water as you go. I recommend a minimum of one glass of water every other hour.
For even better results, consider reducing your intake of salty foods. These are high in sodium, which will encourage the body to retain water.
Here’s another pro-tip I use for my celebrity clients: add a few drops of lemon juice or apple cider to your morning glasses of water.
You may not like the taste at first, but believe me, it gets better, and you’ll LOVE how it will slim your waistline.
I don’t mean to sound repetitive, but a personalized diet plan will also work wonders in reducing bloating and water retention.
“How much exercise do I need?”
I’m a personal trainer, so you’ll be surprised to hear my answer.
If you don’t care about athletic performance and want to focus on burning fat, you don’t need many exercises. Two to three workouts a week are enough, especially if you combine resistance training with cardio.
But regardless of your workout, the amount of exercise you do is less important than sticking to your personalized intermittent fasting diet plan.
Don’t complicate things. Lowering your caloric intake is what will flatten your tummy and give you beautiful, thin thighs.
If you want even better results, add exercise! Exercise will help you define your muscles, burn fat, and look slimmer (even if you weigh the same!).
To get you started, I put together a quick glute workout for you. I designed it to help sculpt your thighs and make your butt a little perkier.
Perform each exercise for 30 seconds, rest between each for 10 seconds, and repeat all exercises three times.
- Alternating side lunge
- Hip thrust
- Bodyweight squat
- Donkey kicks
For best results, complete this simple workout three times a week. This simple program will help you retain or even build lean muscle in your legs while burning fat.
Or you can skip the casual workouts and get a personalized workout routine included with your built-for-you diet plan.
Simple workouts are great, but they are nothing compared to a planned, personalized, long-term workout program.
“If I start today, what results can I expect?”
Everybody is different, and the results vary.
I can’t be sure how much weight you will lose unless I know your age, height, eating preferences, and more.
People with a lot of body fat will lose weight the fastest and in the largest amounts.
This is true of any diet.
But people who start PerfectBody’s personalized weight-loss app will lose it at maximum speed.
Many lose up to 20 pounds in one month. I’ve seen it happen time and time again for men and women of every age.
I can personally recommend the product because it’s easy to stick to and follow consistently.
Here are some of the benefits of the PerfectBody app:
✅ It’s a diet you can easily stick to and follow consistently
Stop thinking! Everything is calculated for you in the app. This keeps you focused, accountable, and helps you lose weight without having to think about food all the time.
✅ It’s an easy solution to control and kick cravings
PerfectBody is not about restrictive dieting – they consider your food preferences, and they offer healthy meals that actually taste amazing and keep you full throughout the day. Plus, you can still enjoy some of the treats you can’t live without.
✅ It’s a convenient meal plan that does all the work for you
No more guessing about what, when, or how much to eat. Professional nutritionists will hand-choose all of your recipes and adjust them based on your preferences. They’ll tell you how to mix and match ingredients for quick, tasty meals and when to eat, so you’re not starving and relying on your willpower.
✅ It fits your schedule and lifestyle – not the other way around
You can choose a workout routine and meal plan that fits your existing lifestyle – and PerfectBody helps you choose the best one. Plus, it guides you through the process every step of the way, so you’re never alone on your weight loss journey (there’s also 24/7 support!).
Ready to get the summer body you’ve always wanted?
If you want to finally lose weight without obsessing and doubting over what and what not to eat, what workouts to do or not do, here’s the good news:
You can get your own personalized diet plan today and experience for yourself the amazing fat loss results that many of PerfectBody customers rave about.