Boost Your Metabolism After 40

Many women dread turning 40, the age when metabolism begins to slow, causing disarming effects like a bigger belly and steady weight gain in other areas, too. Dr. Oz addresses metabolic slowdown and reveals his top metabolism boosters for under $5.

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Solution: Soluble fiber is your best defense against hunger and belly fat. It fills you up fast so you eat less and stay satisfied. At 40 you should consume 25 grams of fiber daily. Consider these excellent sources:

1 bowl of steel-cut oats = 9 grams of fiber

1 cup raspberries = 8 grams of fiber

1 cup brown rice = 8 grams of fiber

Total = 25 grams of fiber

Click here for some of Dr. Oz’s other fiber-rich favorites.

 

3. Why can’t I even lose a pound anymore?

Answer:  Muscle burns 3 times more calories than fat cells, which means loss of muscle mass causes weight gain and an inability to shed pounds. Key factors that create loss of muscle mass include a drop in testosterone levels, crash dieting and disuse from aging.  Recent studies suggest that at 40, women lose muscle mass twice a fast as men. You lose the most muscle mass on the body’s largest surface areas like the core muscles supporting your shoulders and belly, as well as your thighs.

Solution: To fight muscle loss in your back and shoulders try plank exercises; you can do them during commercial breaks while you’re watching TV. Simple squats are great for firming up thigh muscles; try doing them in the kitchen while you wait for dinner to finish cooking.

Click here for how-to’s on plank exercise and here for squats.

 Metabolism Boosters for Under $5

Here are 4 more ways to fight metabolism slow down without breaking your bank account.

Oolong Tea

Oolong tea contains polyphenols that help block fat-building enzymes. This young tea is low in caffeine so you can drink it throughout the day for continued results. Research shows that your metabolism will be raised for 2 hours after every cup of Oolong.