For the first time ever… Health Insider’s personal trainer, Laura, shares her immediate tips to flatten your tummy, shape your thighs, and get you ready for the beach. Perfect for women over 40.
Flaunting our body by the pool or on the beach is something most of us would love to do.
We asked Laura our readers’ most common questions about getting in shape after 40. Follow her expert recommendations and get a firmer, slimmer body before your big summer reveal.
“First things first. Laura, can I really get in shape after 40?”
I love this question!
Yes, you can, but there’s a catch. We’re not twenty anymore. When we get older, our hormones change, and our metabolism slows down. So the exercise and diet that worked in our 20s 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 strictly true. Working hard works, but we don’t HAVE to grind ourselves hard to lose weight. We can just make smarter diet and exercise choices instead.
I’ve personally worked with people who were 50, 60, and yes, even 70. The tips I’ll share with you below work well at any age.
If actors can get and stay in shape over 40, so can anyone. Sure, they get a lot of help. But you’ll get a lot of help too – from me.
I know you may be skeptical right now, and you may think it’s too late or too difficult to get significant results before summer arrives, but trust me.
The changes are closer than you think… Let’s get started!
“What diet could 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 photoshoot… I always recommend a personalized intermittent fasting diet plan.
In a personalized intermittent fasting diet, a professional nutritionist personalizes everything for you based on your daily schedule, eating preferences, age, weight, and so on.
Most people think of “starvation” when they hear “fasting,” but they got it backward.
Personalized intermittent fasting actually reduces hunger.
That’s because a nutritionist picks every meal for you, so you’ll cover all your nutritional needs. Therefore, your body won’t have a reason to experience intense hunger.
Sure, you will still get a minor hunger pang here or there, but you’ll never feel deprived or restricted like with a traditional diet.
And don’t think you’ll be stuck eating kale and broccoli. Your nutritionist will provide finger-licking tasty recipes based on your food preferences.
So not only will you feel less hungry, you’ll also get to eat foods you enjoy on the regular, including yummy 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.
Plus, fasting boosts your metabolism and helps you burn more fat. So even if you eat the same portions or even the exact same foods, you’ll still burn more.
“How can I banish water retention?”
Water retention and bloating are the worst right before you get out on the beach. You worked so hard to shape your body, but if you’re bloated, nobody will notice.
It sucks, but I have a 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 personalized intermittent fasting.
Then keep drinking 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 causes 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 could slim your waistline.
I don’t mean to sound repetitive, but a personalized intermittent fasting plan would also work great for reducing bloat and water retention.
That’s because, depending on your fasting schedule, you’d probably skip one or two meals early in the day.
This alone would keep your figure looking a lot slimmer in a bathing suit.
“How much exercise do I need?”
I’m a personal trainer, so you’ll be amazed 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. Fasting is what makes our tummies flatter, thighs thinner, and arms firmer.
If you want even better results, you can 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 exercises 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 and combine it with a personalized intermittent fasting plan.
This simple program will help you retain or even build lean muscle in your legs while burning fat.
“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 DoFasting’s personalized intermittent fasting app can lose it more efficiently and probably 2x as fast.
Losing anywhere around 8 pounds in one month is not a rare occurrence. And don’t forget it’s a lot, especially if you calculate the lost pounds after 2, 3, 4 months… I’ve seen people completely change time and time again… 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.
- It’s a diet you can easily stick to and follow consistently
You don’t have to obsess over calories or macros. 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
DoFasting 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 the treats you like.
- 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 choose all the recipes for you 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 fasting routine that fits your existing lifestyle – and DoFasting 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!). And TONS of tips and educational articles to help you ease into it.
Ready to get in better shape and health for summer?
If you want to lose weight without obsessing over calories, macros, or constantly doubting yourself, here’s the good news:
You can get your own personalized fasting plan today and experience weight loss results that many of DoFasting’s customers rave about.
Results may vary due to personal features.