Getting older isn’t always fun. For many, it can be scary when their bodies and minds start to slow down because it forces them to consider their own mortality. But luckily with advances in medicine it is possible to live much longer than ever before in history, and that is even more true if you take good care of yourself. Many people don’t start eating healthier until reaching retirement age, but the earlier you start the better it will be for you in the long run. Here. Are 5 ways you should change your diet after 40.
Eat Smaller Meals
As people get older they find it more and more difficult to lose weight and keep it off once they do. Eating smaller meals is a great way to keep your metabolism from slowing down as you age. Try eating several snacks during the day instead of three large meals and see how it works for you.
Stop Eating Late At Night
Eating late at night is not smart, especially once you reach age 40. Anything you eat during the day will most likely be worked off, but things you eat too close to bedtime won’t, and will instead digest as you sleep. This may not have been an issue when you were younger, but it could be now and you may not even know it! Try setting a specific time each night that you won’t eat after and stick to it for a few weeks, then see how you feel.
Drink Less Alcohol
Alcohol often doesn’t sit as well with people once they reach their 40s as it did in their 20s or 30s. Drinking less of it is the best (and probably most obvious) way to combat this. If you are feeling sluggish, gaining weight out of nowhere, or notice that your hangovers are becoming increasingly bad, it may be a sign that you should cut back on your drinking.
Cut Back On Carbs
Eating fewer carbs is not only a good way to lose some extra weight but it is also a helpful tip to feel less bloated and less tired throughout the day. You don’t need to cut out carbs completely, but it’s a smart idea to cut back. Try getting full off of healthy fats and proteins instead.
Intermittent fasting is one of the best and healthiest ways to stay feeling and looking fit as you begin to age. There are many ways to do it, but all have one thing in common: certain chunks of time each day that you do not eat For example, try not eating anything after 8pm each night and then not eating anything until noon the following day. You may feel hungry the first few days but you will get used to it quickly!
Just because you’re getting a little older doesn’t mean you need to change your whole life, but it might benefit you to change your diet a bit. Try these tips and see if they work for you!