Aging does not have to equal weight gain. Women do tend to put on a pound a year in their 40s and 50s, but it’s more likely due to a drop in activity rather than hormones. However, hormonal changes can shift your body composition, so any pounds you do gain tend to land in your middle. You can get in the best shape of your life in your 30s, 40s or 50s. Think it can’t be done? Enter Tosca Reno.
At age 40, Tosca says she was nearly 80 pounds overweight, depressed and clinging to a bad marriage because, as a stay-at-home mother, she feared she couldn’t raise her three young girls on her own.
Today, at 53, she is one of the most recognized celebrities in the fitness world — and not only because she recently posed for the cover of Oxygen magazine in a blue bikini that showed off trim, tight abs and a brilliant smile. Reno says there’s nothing remarkable about her transformation, except that she consistently took small, persistent steps toward health and wellness.
Forget counting calories. Your ticket to a lean, healthy body is “eating clean.” This means eating foods — like lean protein, good-for-you carbs and fats, fresh fruits, and vegetables — six times a day in the right amounts. Do that, drink lots of water, and exercise regularly, and you’ll turn your sluggish metabolism into a fat-burning machine.
Dedicate yourself to the clean eating lifestyle, and you’ll lose about three pounds a week. The benefits go beyond weight loss. You’ll stay healthy and have more energy. Your eyes will look bright and alert. Your teeth and gums will be healthier. Your skin will glow. Oh, and did I mention you won’t be hungry? Check out her website to learn how you can get started.