The same way everyone does, eat fewer calories than you burn until you reach your goal. Sometimes being 40 makes it less convenient or more difficult to lose or maintain weight because of the lifestyle we settle into. In other words, our ability to move throughout the day as much as when we were younger causes us to burn fewer daily calories. Also our appetites have been shaped by our favorite foods, making them difficult to limit. Both these conditions make weight loss at 40 appear difficult but it doesn’t have to be when you understand the facts of the equation: You simply need to burn more calories than you consume any way you can. Start by using the dotFIT prorgram to find out how many calories you burn and set your goal. Follow the program’s directions for daily calorie intake and use the food log to keep track. Make it easy to start, so not a lifestyle change but instead, begin with minor adjustments to your current lifestyle including eating habits. Example: eat your foods but stop at the calories you’re allowed, which might only require cutting normal portion sizes. Make the exercise program fit your current lifestyle, even if it’s only walking to start. The dotFIT program gives you immediate results and instant gratification by having the ability to watch your fat/weight come off by the minute or hour each time you view your dashboard. Seeing is believing and a constant reinforcement what you’re doing is working. Think that the world is the gym: keep moving anyway you can; and your food is the diet: you can eat ANYTHING you want, just not EVERYTHING you want. Using the program daily makes weight loss at age 40 easy. Set your goal to lose 1-2LBS/wk and follow the program’s directions each time you enter your weight and you will reach your goal. Basic tips if you come to a plateau: Increase daily activities such as daily steps or other non-athletic/exercise activities. Standing & pacing burns over two times more calories than sitting for the same time period. There are ~2000-2500 steps in a mile. Walking 2000 steps will burn ~75-150 more calories (depending on individual size) than sitting for the same time and only takes ~20-30min and can be done anywhere, even in the office, while on the phone or watching TV. Increase exercise time or intensity. Decrease food intake approximately 200 to 300 calories per day or remove a small portion of your largest meal.

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