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7 Steps to Weight Loss for Women Over 40

Take meaningful steps to get - and keep - a lean, healthy body

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Updated February 15, 2014

Weight loss for women over 40 is challenging,  but it's not impossible. You just need to take a few extra details into consideration. Follow these seven steps - designed just for women over 40 - to help you lose weight and get the body you've always dreamed of.

Get Screened

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Make sure that you are healthy enough for diet and exercise. Find out if a health condition such as hypertension or diabetes should affect the type of diet or exercise program you choose. If you’ve been struggling with your weight for some time, make sure that there are no medical or physical barriers to losing weight.

Consider Menopause

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Is perimenopause affecting your weight? Many women struggle with weight loss before, during, and sometimes even long after menopause. This is also a time when many women make changes to their daily routines that may affect their weight. For example, after the kids leave home some women are not as busy during the day with non-exercise physical activities like carrying groceries, lifting laundry baskets and other household chores. Evaluate your lifestyle to make sure that a change in your daily habits isn’t affecting your weight.

Get Sexy

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Yes, you read that right. Get sexy, get confident and get empowered. You might think that you’ll feel better about your body after the diet, but the truth is that the better you feel about yourself before you diet, the more likely you are to have the confidence to endure the lifestyle changes necessary for weight loss. Indulge in a few things that make you feel good about yourself: bubble bath, a new hairstyle, or a sexy new pair of pumps.  You can even try a diet that boosts your sexuality!

Set a Goal

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Goal setting is one of the most important parts of any successful weight loss process. If you want to lose ten pounds or less, you can stick to short-term goals. But if you want to lose more weight, set long-term goals and them create short-term mini-goals to reach along the way.

Get Motivated

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If you’re like most women over 40, you’ve dieted before. And it’s possible that many of those plans didn’t work. Which common weight loss barriers stand in the way of your success? Come up with a game plan before the challenges arise and you’ll be more likely to overcome them.

Build the Best Workout Program

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If you’ve never exercised before, now is the time to start. If you’ve always been active, you need to shake things up and create a new plan. Are you healthy enough for vigorous exercise? Then make sure you add at least one day per week of intervals. Never exercised before? Start slow and build gradually. Use these resources to set up a plan:

Change Your Diet

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The best diet for you depends on your goal and your lifestyle. There is no single plan that works for everyone. But you can begin by evaluating your daily eating pattern to see what simple changes you can make. For example, can you drink coffee with fewer calories? Do you have a glass or two of wine at night? Can you cook with less fat? Start with small changes and build from there.  If you've dieted before, learn how to change your diet style for weight loss success.

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