Advice needed from the 40+ crowd

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So, I turned 40 this year. I've always been blessed with a pretty decent metabolism, and have always worked out. I'm pear shaped, and have been about 10-15 lbs over what I like to be for a few years just because I like food and still look okay in clothes with some extra lbs.

So, up until this point, if I gained weight, I'd gain it in my hips, thighs, and butt. But now that I'm 40, I've been getting a bit of stomach flab. If I drink anything sugary, I get a puffy midsection. I hate, hate it.

Is this my metabolism slowing a bit? Is it just normal, or should I see if I have a thyroid issue or insulin resistance or something?
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I'm sorry to say it, but your metabolism probably slowed after turning 40. I weighed 118 FOREVER. Even after having my daughter, I weighed 118. Until I turned 40 and immediately gained 12 pounds. My doctor told me it gets worse after 50.

I have friends whose weight didn't change, but they are work-out-everyday people and I'm not.

Maybe someone else will chime in and say I'm wrong, but that's been my experience. I'm 42 now.
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Wavyblonde, I am not 40 yet, but I will be in before you know it. I have already experiences changes in how or where I put on weight, and changes in bloating. They say you put on 1 to 2 lbs every year after you turn 20, and your metabolism slows at 30, and continues slowing from there. I think everything builds, you may or may not notice the changes at first, and then it hits you, hard. Joy!!
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When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

It does get harder after 50. I have never had a metabolism problem until the last few years, and I am over 50 now. I just takes more adjustment. I am more of the "eat to live" type so I adjust relatively easily, but I have plenty of friends/family who have had a harder time. You just have to find what works for you.
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It's true that your body starts to change when you hit 40. For me, it was sort of gradual after 40, not some sudden thing. Not only was it harder to keep weight off, but my energy level went down. I didn't notice it so much at first, but when I hit 43 or so, it suddenly dawned on me what was going on.

I will say this: I didn't start reacting to certain types of foods or suddenly gain flab in my belly. Those two things can be signs of other things and I'd probably make a point to ask my doctor about it.
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Thank you all--I'm wondering if I just haven't noticed the weight creep and it's just going in different places because I've gained more weight than I have before. I think I'm going to have to adjust to eating fewer calories from now on...I'm definitely a "live to eat" person, even though I try to mostly eat healthy. I always feel like I need a reward. I think I'm going to have to figure out how to adjust. I'm going to keep an eye on it in case I need to have my thyroid checked out or something, though.
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I'm older than you, going to be 50 soon, and am also pear shaped. A colleague of mine told me that as I get older weight will start going on my middle, rather than my usual hips/thighs/bum, as hormonal changes start to take place and I have read the same thing lately. It could be hormonal stuff happening with you so may be something to consider. I must admit I think I've been lucky and my metabolism doesn't seem to have had much of a slowdown so far, but I have noticed a fatter belly of late, which is probably a combination of metabolism and hormones. Just lovely!
Hope that makes sense, I don't seem to be able to get my thoughts down properly today.
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I think we need to change our workouts as we get older. Look into high intensity interval training. You will burn more calories AFTER working out this way. Weight training is very important as we get older too. Approaching 50 here and this is how I have worked out for the last 3 years. 30 min only, 3 times per week.
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Another thing to consider is food intolerances. They can cause stubborn weight gain. But, yes, I turned 40 and my body went nuts.
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I think we need to change our workouts as we get older. Look into high intensity interval training. You will burn more calories AFTER working out this way. Weight training is very important as we get older too. Approaching 50 here and this is how I have worked out for the last 3 years. 30 min only, 3 times per week.
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tycho19, can you give me an idea of what a typical workout would look like?
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Hi- a typical workout would be:
Stretch
Then set up a small circuit of 4-5 exercises: do each one right after the other with no rest in between.

5 squats ( with or without dumbells)
5 pushups
5 bent rows
10 AB crunches
10 kettlebell swings

Then do one minute of an all- out blast of cardio. For ex, run in place rapidly, or jumping jacks, or jump on a stationary bike. The point is to do an all out effort but only for a minute. Then rest one minute and begin your circuit again.
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It seems worth asking your doctor about, just in case. Menopausal and post-menopausal women definitely seem to gain more weight around the belly, as opposed to around the hips/butt/legs. But you seem a bit young for that to be happening right now. That's why I'd ask.

As for gaining weight, period -- yeah. What the others said.

Good luck!
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I'll be 62 in April...I have to really watch what I eat. No bread, pasta, potatoes, sugar, etc. I allow myself a "pig out" day once a month. I usually have a burger and fries. I'm not a runner, but I do try to walk 3xs a week. I read recently that you will burn the same amount of calories walking as you will running. Doesn't make much sense to me, but I like the idea. I also drink a TBS of apple cider vinegar in 1/2 glass of water before I go to bed at night. It really helps with the bloating in my stomach.

I think it's important to stay active as we get older and work on building up the muscles. I use the flex belt for my abs and my butt and I also use a rowing machine. It targets the whole body if you do it correctly. I use a 10 lb weight to build the muscles in my arms and chest. I'm pretty lazy, so I work out smart, not hard.
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I have bloating at night and it bothers me, but other than never ever having definition in my arms no matter what I do, having four pit bulls drag me around on walkies helps.

In other words, I second the walking suggestions. Keep your pacce up, and don't eat too many cookies afterward.
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Thanks! And thanks for the circuit tips, tycho! I will try that. I've heard intervals can really burn fat.

I will also have to try the ACV thing, lotsa--I've got some Bragg's in the kitchen.
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Well this was a bit depressing of a thread to stumble upon...I'll be forty in 3 months. Eek!! You all have frightened me! LOL But these are definitely things I've already started to notice in my body. Not fun.
Well this was a bit depressing of a thread to stumble upon...I'll be forty in 3 months. Eek!! You all have frightened me! LOL
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I'm approaching 42. I do find I have slowed down a bit as far as general energy is concerned. I haven't figured out if it's an age thing or if it's an empty nest thing - had my kids young and they are suddenly grown and gone!

I fluctuate between a size 4 and 6. I like it, but things are a little more jiggly than they used to be. I don't really enjoy eating, mainly just do it because I have to. I am one of those people that when I stress out over something, I can't eat. Top that with an ADHD diagnosis and meds the week before my 41th birthday, I just don't have much appetite. All of that could be factored into my energy slump as well.

Things are changing. Especially my eyesight! I can't see to read if I have my contacts in now. I have to have reading glasses stashed everywhere. If I'm wearing my glasses, I have to take them off to see up close. I think that's driving me crazier than my lack of energy.



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I'm younger but I noticed around 30, I started gaining weight in my upper body where previously it always went to the lower body. It seems to be harder to get the weight off now as well. I think my metabolism finally slowed down. I heard it was supposed to after 25 but it never happened. Either that or it's because I started eating a lot more meat.

I live to eat so it sucks but it's manageable. I just need to get my ass to the gym.

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