Metabolism is a set of chemical processes solely responsible for converting your foods and drinks into energy which fuels your mind and body to function. Without metabolism, you can’t digest your food. Therefore, to boost metabolism is crucial for your gut and overall health (1).

But do you know a person’s metabolism naturally starts to decline after crossing the age of 40 (2)? Metabolism is only one factor that contributes to weight gain after 40 and beyond.

And if you are a woman and have celebrated your 40th birthday, you are going to experience hormonal changes owing to pre-menopause and menopause. These changes can end up making you eat more and burning fewer calories which would make your metabolism worse. You are likely to gain more fat, especially around your belly.

On top of that, if you are eating and living as you did in 25, you will eventually fall victim to obesity which increases the risk of several diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart problems, and cholesterol.

The good news is you can do something to boost metabolism. Here are 14 ways to help you speed up your metabolism after 40:

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1. Change your eating habits to Boost Metabolism in 40s

Okay, it’s understandable that you carry so many responsibilities which makes it almost impossible for you to follow a strict fitness routine and be punctual for your meals.

But you have to understand your body is not ready now to tolerate your 20s or 30s habits. You will end up slowing your metabolism more if you continue to ignore your bad eating habits. A little care may help here though.

a) Eat at the same time

Eating balanced meals at the same time allows your body to know to expect fuel at regular intervals. This practice prevents your food from conserving calories and adding to fat spaces.

b) Eat less at night

Though the most important thing is still what you eat, not when, getting most of your calories before 7.p.m. is still a good idea. Both science and Ayurveda believe having a big meal at night causes bloating, constipation, poor sleep and thus disrupts your metabolism (3).

Note: Consult a nutritionist or check out some good books on nutrition, if you are willing to learn more about eating well.

2. Change your cooking habits

a) Cooking Method

We all know how a method of cooking food affects our health and metabolism. Food prepared by grilling, baking or boiling is much healthier and easy to digest than the food cooked by frying or cooking with butter or other oils.

You consume a lot of extra fat and calories from even a little amount of fried and processed foods. So, change the method of your cooking and make your gut health stronger. Eat more and enjoy more!

b) Cooking fats

Replace your cooking fats with other healthy alternatives. For example:

  • Instead of adding butter or ghee for adding flavor to your food, consider doubling your spices.
  • Substitute boiled and spicy chickpeas for roasted chickpeas for your lunch.
  • Replace dairy milk with low fat or non-fat dairy kinds of milk.

You can prepare your list.

3. Eat metabolism-boosting foods

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Familiarize yourself with metabolism-boosting foods. These foods include:

a) Calcium-rich foods

Studies say that a diet lacking in calcium is linked to higher body fat and including calcium-rich foods in your diet can prompt your body to burn fat (4).

According to experts, calcium promotes to preserve thermogenesis, the body’s core temperature, thereby revving up the metabolism and accelerating weight loss (5). Calcium is also good for bone health after menopause (6).

Some fat burner calcium-rich foods are almonds, broccoli, spinach, watercress, sesame seeds.

b) Fiber packed foods

Include high-fiber foods, such as fruits and vegetables, to your diet. They’re low in calories and don’t let the fat store in your body, and keeps your digestive system moving smoothly (7).

c) Slower burning carbs

Leaving carbs altogether will lead to draining your energy. Therefore switch to slower-burning alternatives like berries, lentils, pulses, whole-grain bread, whole-grain pasta, beans, sweet potatoes.

Incorporating good carbs in your diet would help to keep insulin levels in control which results in boosting your metabolism and keeping you healthy and fit through your 40s and beyond (8).

d) Spices & herbs

Spices and herbs have been shown to boost metabolism and promote weight loss (9). So, Spice up your meals with cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, cayenne, rosemary, cumin, and turmeric.

Please don’t confuse spicy meals with fats and processed high-calorie meal.

e) Other metabolism-boosting foods are green tea, citrus, garlic, caffeine, chili peppers, coffee, protein sources, fruits & vegetables.

4. Determine your macros to boost metabolism

Metabolism is all about how fast and how many calories your body burn digesting the food. When you eat protein-rich foods, your body burns many more calories digesting the protein than it does eating fat or carbohydrates (10).

As you age, your metabolism gets slow. In this condition, a high protein diet can help control your calories and digest your food more easily. Therefore, shift your macronutrients towards more protein and fiber and fewer carbohydrates and fat.

Replacing some carbs with lean, protein-rich foods is a good idea. Protein-rich foods include eggs, almonds, oats, cottage cheese, greek yogurt, milk, broccoli, chicken breast, sprouts, peanuts, pulses, and fish.

5. Take the right Probiotics gives a right boost to your Metabolism

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Probiotics are helpful bacteria that keep your gut healthy and are helpful to your digestive system (11). After turning 40 when your digestion becomes slow due to slow metabolism, taking the right kind of probiotics may help.

Doctors usually suggest them to treat your digestion problems. Probiotic food sources are yogurt, cottage cheese, traditional buttermilk, pickles, dosa, idlis, dhokla, green peas.

6. Reset your gut

Studies have already stated that abstinence from foods or detox at weekends or regular intervals can help boost metabolism. After the age of 40, one of the main reasons for the slow metabolic rate is also the toxins in your digestive tract which obstruct the system and prevent your digestive organs function properly. (12).

So, power up your diet with fiber and refrain from refined sugar and junk foods. It will clear out the clogged pipelines in the digestive system which are responsible for speeding down your metabolism.

7. Stand up more often

Sitting too much has been associated with the development of various diseases including obesity (13). Studies also found standing up can burn extra calories and prevent weight gain (14).

Therefore stand up more often. You can also invest in a standing desk. But there is a problem if you suffer from joint or vascular issues. Prolonged standing is going to hurt your joints.

One solution is when you have to sit for extended periods, get up from the sitting positions to walk around at regular intervals. When you take short walks, you save your digestive system from getting sluggish and make your organs perform well.

8. Boost Metabolism by Moving your body

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You already know how exercise is important to your body and mind especially after you have hit the age of 40. Your reduced metabolism makes you gain weight. Hence, you need exercise to prevent weight loss and boost metabolism.

If you are already in your 40s and not exercising,  your inactive lifestyle is going to cost you much more than making you fat. Blood pressure, cholesterol, heart diseases, osteoporosis are some of the health conditions that can clasp your body.

Start with doing little things like walking, taking stairs, lifting heavy things or a couple of sets of push up throughout the day. These activities will result in a high-calorie burn.15 to 25 minutes of interval training 3 or 4 days per week can also help.

9. Build your muscles

If a person has lean muscle mass, she/he burns more calories than fat even in the sate of remaining physically inactive. But as people age, they naturally tend to lose muscle mass especially women after menopause.

Having less muscle means you burn fewer calories which leads to a slowing down your metabolism (15).

Physical activity and strength-training exercises like lifting weights or doing body-weight exercises, at least twice a week can help to counteract this process and preserve muscles.

10.Track your numbers

Take online help. Invest in fitness equipment like smartwatches or fitness bands and track your BMI, calories and other activities. This way, you will keep a close watch on your metabolism and stay motivated to put in more effort.

11. Follow what you already know

These tips somehow contribute to amp up your metabolism.

  • Drink cold water more instead of sugary drinks
  • Start your day with hot lemon water
  • Find activities to reduce stress as stress is also a culprit causing weight gain.
  • Sleep well
  • Walk daily
  • Have a handy journal of your activities
  • Skip high processed foods
  • Do yoga

Wrapping up

In the end, I would like to recommend talking to your doctor if you don’t understand anything. You should visit your doctor in the following conditions:

  • After 40, most women gain belly fat. One of the reasons is a slow metabolism. Belly fat has been associated with diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and certain cancers. If you have any of these conditions in your 40s, follow your doctor’s advice for nutrition.
  • At age 40, it gets difficult to stay in shape. So to prevent weight gain women rely on Crash diets (eating a very low amount of calories to lose weight fast in a short amount of time) which causes muscle loss. Ask your doctor if you need to build muscle?
  • Get your hormones & thyroid tested. You may get shocked when you realize that you are not losing weight even after eating healthy and exercise regularly. Sometimes metabolism is not the culprit, your thyroid might not be working as it should. This happens in about 5% of people, and it becomes common in women and people over 40 and 50.

Remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and enjoying your life as you did in your 30s and 40s is not impossible. All that you need is a little care of yourself and slight changes in the way of your living.

Stay healthy, stay happy!

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Living a healthier lifestyle in this fast-paced world is quite an effort on your part. Srishti Gupta inspires you to change your life for the better by her articles on fitness and wellness (supported by science). At her blog TrendToFit, she also gives reviews & buying guides to fitness equipment that help you invest only in the best quality products and make the best choice for you and your family.

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19 Comments

Anita Singh · October 25, 2019 at 5:07 am

So useful for all women, sabko apni routine me ye follow karna chaiye,nahi to baad me bahut problem hoti hai
Thanks for useful information

Srishti · October 25, 2019 at 8:44 am

Thanks, Dipika featuring me on your amazing blog 🙂

    gleefulblogger · October 25, 2019 at 10:13 am

    It’s a pleasure Srishti. Your article is well researched and very useful for women of middle age. Thank you for giving me a chance to publish your work.

      Trapti · October 25, 2019 at 8:41 pm

      I strictly follow some of the healthy habits mentioned here expect to take sugar.

      Well, this must be followed by all even if you are in the 20s or 30s. You will never regret to follow a healthy lifestyle.

      Gurjeet Chhabra · November 2, 2019 at 5:53 pm

      I am moving towards 40s and your post makes me more conscious about health. I am still on higher side in weight. What will i do in 40s?

        Srishti · November 15, 2019 at 10:46 pm

        Don’t worry, Gurjeet! Just work on your metabolism and start some exercise.

Surbhi Prapanna · October 31, 2019 at 1:03 am

Great post with so many useful points for women approaching 40. eating a right diet and do regular exercise always work best to improve metabolism. thanks a lot Shrishti for sharing this useful info with us.

Sajid Akhter · November 1, 2019 at 2:18 pm

Excellent post with detailed information. It is very important to look after your body and strive to be healthy and gay. Your tips and suggestions are worth gold.

Thanks for sharing it.

Anahita Irani · November 1, 2019 at 4:41 pm

Great tips in your post. Got to know the foods that aid metabolism and I will definitely improve my gut health too.

Neha Sharma · November 2, 2019 at 1:52 pm

This is a really helpful and informative post for all women looking for ways to boost metabolism. I have hypothyroidism and I find it really difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

neha · November 2, 2019 at 2:32 pm

now definitely I will be following this as I really want a healthy lifestyle a well written post try for sharing..

Aishwarya Sandeep · November 2, 2019 at 10:53 pm

This was a really informative article. Even though I am just 33, I am sure adapting to these habits will definately help me in the long run. BTW great website design.

Bushra · November 3, 2019 at 1:42 pm

Agree after a point there’s need to boost metabolism. Changing in eating habits definitely helps

Roma · November 3, 2019 at 2:05 pm

One of your best blogs ever Dipika, very insightful and worth emulating every pence buddy

MeenalSonal · November 3, 2019 at 4:51 pm

Thanks for sharing lovely tips to stay fit and healthy. Mostly women of the house neglect her routine and fitness regime. But the tips you shared will definitely help out.

Amrit Kaur · November 3, 2019 at 5:52 pm

Infact it is necessary for women to start Changing their diet once they cross 30 as it helps them to have a better lifestyle experience after 40. These are some great tips.

Tina Basu · November 3, 2019 at 7:56 pm

these are very useful tips. I have changed my eating habits from my twenties and it is doing good for me.

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