I was tall and lanky growing up and athletic, but did wonder if it would always be so as so many women I saw especially seemed to lose their shape after marriage and child birth…
And the fact was I did grow really big during my first pregnancy from a UK size 10/12 to a 18/20 – I bought into “You are eating for 2″ lie!
Good news is I was young and active and within a year I was back to a size 12 and with all 3 subsequent pregnancies I always managed to get down and even have a small to ‘flatish’ belly. Until after I hit 40. That’s when I noticed the bulge in my lower abdomen and realised after a few years that I was heavier than a 12 and was more like a size 14! That’s when I was diagnosed 2 years ago with high blood pressure read my updates here) and started looking more towards diet, exercise and fitness to get me back in shape and it was working slowly but surely on the Venus Factor System for women – come join our very supportive group on Facebook and Google as soon as you signup today! 😀
However, the real weight loss came when I embarked on a 21 day fast for my family and I was drinking just water, apple juice, pure coconut juice and cranberry juice. I think by the 7th or 10th day I was down to a UK size 10 as my clothes were hanging off me and I was beginning to get comments about it. What helps me now to maintain it and create definition is intermittent fasting and HIIT workouts using over 40 fitness routines. For the fasting I use the extremely effective Eat Stop Eat method . See below for a definition of HIIT workouts taken from Dr Axe’s website: https://draxe.com/hiit-workouts/
What Are HIIT Workouts?
High-intensity interval training is a type of exercise that involves repeated short bouts of high-intensity, or “burst” exercises, followed by brief recovery periods. This sequence is repeated several times in a row usually for a duration between 20–30 minutes.
Considering the fact that many people use “not having enough time” as a popular reason to avoid regularly exercising, HIIT workouts are one of the best ways to overcome this block and get great results fast.
A HIIT protocol is a well-researched way to reap physical benefits as an alternative approach to steady-state exercise training but with less of a time commitment. (2)
For example, recently a study compared the impact of two different types of exercise training on body fat and muscle metabolism: HIIT workouts versus steady-state exercise.
The study investigated the effects of calorie expenditure and fat loss in young adults and found that although HIIT workouts actually burned fewer calories during the actual workouts than did steady-state cardio exercise (likely due to its shorter duration), the HIIT program produced more fat loss than steady-state exercise did overall.
Additionally, the study concluded that while the HIIT workout helped build muscle, the steady-state workouts actually broke muscle down. Researchers concluded that not only does HIIT burn more fat over the duration of the day, but it also builds more muscle and improves metabolic function.
Over 40 Fitness
It’s no mystery that diet plays a big part in the over 40 fitness, but not as you’ve known it. Eat the foods you love without the fat storage using the 4 Cycle approach Just click on the links below to learn more:
Why Eating White Rice Is Healthier For Your Metabolism and Fat Loss
Case Study of How Eating Potatoes Boost Metabolism
Discover food timing hacks for RAPID fat loss
The 7 Day Ab -Targeted Cardio Interval Solution
Read about my weight loss journey and how I eliminated high blood pressure – Weekly Weight Loss Journey