New Delhi: In your 20s, you could consume an entire pizza pie after a late night of partying and not gain a single ounce. But as age passes, it becomes increasingly more difficult to combat chronic diseases, maintain a healthy metabolism, and keep belly fat at bay.
Our body, metabolism, the way we think, and our approach to life in general changes. You just need to do the right thing for your body. And this includes eating healthy, taking fewer drinks, adding physical exercise, getting adequate sleep, and laughing as well. All these together will go a long way to stave off the scourges of obesity, high cholesterol, high BP, diabetes, and stress.
To help ensure you’re aging in reverse, we put together a list of the superfoods to eat after 40.
Hormonal changes in your 40s can affect your appetite hormones, ghrelin, and leptin, Both supplemental vitamin D3 and extra lean protein can help keep your appetite under control. Wild salmon fits the bill, boasting some of the highest levels of weight loss-aiding vitamin D3 as well as muscle-maintaining protein.
If your tummy has been rounder than a pufferfish, it’s time to cut foods that cause bloat from your diet. As we age, our bodies can’t break down lactose as efficiently. When we can’t efficiently digest something, it tends to cause gas and bloat, which is the opposite of a flat stomach. Avoid dairy foods, and you’ll likely see some improvement.
Many types of healthy fats can help you lose body fat. Omega-3s are one type with these superpowers, Slayton says. Try to have one omega-3 rich food every day. Sprinkling chia seeds into your morning smoothie or oats is an effortless way to reach your daily quota.
Not only do raspberries contain cancer-fighting phytochemicals, but these textured berries also contain an impressive eight grams of fiber per cup, which can help you feel fuller longer in addition to relieving constipation.
Making an omelet? Forget separating the white from the yolk and embrace the whole egg! The healthy fats within the yolks can help you feel fuller longer and curb cravings. Not to mention, choline—a belly fat-blasting nutrient—is only present in the orange part of the egg, rather than the whites. Next time you’re whipping up a scramble, crack the egg yolk and all into the pan.
A half-cup serving of garbanzo beans packs in about eight grams of fiber, helping you easily hit the FDA’s 25-gram daily fiber recommendation. While these beans make a seriously satiating salad topper, we also love blending them with a bit of tahini, lemon juice, and salt for a mouth-watering homemade hummus.
Adding high-volume leafy greens like spinach to your diet is always a good idea if achieving a bikini body is your goal. Popeye’s favorite pick is rich in vitamin E as well as the amino acid betaine and the nutrient choline, which work together to turn off fat-storing genes in the liver.