It’s something everyone dreads and can’t seem to avoid: midlife weight gain. If you’re like most people, this downward spiral begins in your 30s. By the time you hit your 40s and 50s, you feel as if you’ve been robbed of the body you once had. And no matter what diet or exercise you try, you still can’t seem to shed those pounds.
Don’t despair. There are foods that can help you lose weight throughout each decade. You’ll regain that younger-looking body you thought you’d never see again.
Weight Loss for Every Decade
Defy Your 30s
By the time you hit 35, your metabolism – the amount of calories the body converts to energy to maintain itself – starts to slow down. To defy this frustrating reality, you need to eat metabolism-boosting foods.
Button mushrooms are a rich source of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), a good fat that actually helps to burn other fats off and increase lean body mass. Eat just half a cup every other day.
High in polyunsaturated fats, pine nuts may help you burn calories at a higher rate even when you’re not very being active. Eat 2 tablespoons 3 times a week.
The acetic acid found in balsamic vinegar helps activate genes that burn fat and increases satiety, so you feel fuller. Eat two tablespoons with meals, whenever possible, and mix with a little olive oil to replace other salad dressings.
For a powerful metabolism-boosting drink, try Dr. Oz’s Tangerine Weight-Orade. It contains: green tea, shown to boost metabolism 12% by drinking just one cup; tangerine, with a chemical composition that increases sensitivity to insulin and stimulates genes that help to burn fat; and mint, a calorie-free flavor enhancer.
In a large pitcher, combine:
- 8 cups of brewed green tea
- 1 tangerine, sliced
- A handful of mint leaves
Stir this delicious concoction up at night so all the flavors fuse together. Drink 1 pitcher daily for maximum metabolism-boosting results.