When you reach the age of 40/45, perhaps you notice that you are not able to lose weight as you used to.

You eat the same diet when you wanted to lose weight when you were 30, but nothing happened. No weight loss!

Perhaps you started to gain weight where you are not supposed to, a little at the hips, a little at the belly, and you have no idea what went wrong. You only stared at a piece of cake your friend had in front of you!

You have tried everything, yet nothing worked. It seems like you don’t know your own body anymore.

Isn’t it frustrating? I’ve been there. I know how it feels.

People have been trying to lose weight using different kinds of diets and exercise programs. How many have you tried? I have tried so many slimming teas, diet programs, calorie restriction, cabbage soup, high protein diet. I lost a few pounds in the beginning only to add more after I stopped the program.

I want you to think it differently this time.

You need to understand what’s behind the stubborn weight and slow metabolism you experience after the age of 40. And you need to understand how the body works in order to be healthy.

What Happens To Your Body After Age 40?

When you reach the age of 40-50, you will be faced with hormonal changes caused by aging and menopause. It is inevitable.

Lose weight after 40

After the age of 40, women will start to experience hot flashes and mood swings, and fat starts to accumulate here and there, especially around the belly, the hips, and the thighs.

However, some women are lucky enough to still have their slim figure and ageless look, no matter how much they eat.

Lose weight after 40

Yet, we may belong to the other group. I started experiencing fat accumulation at the age of 30 and it got worse at the age of 40, 45. No matter what I did, I gained extra pounds.  I am able to lose weight and get back to my 27-year-old figure by the age of 47, ONLY after I regain my health.

It wasn’t easy. I almost gave up on my weight loss journey. I tried this and that, like almost everything.

It is important to change your mindset first. You have to be healthy to lose weight. Not the other way around.

Excess weight that you have on your body is a signal that something wrong is going on in your body, that you are not healthy. You need to fix that first.

Then, the weight loss just comes naturally and easily.

For women, menopause is inevitable but losing weight after 40/45 is possible.

Anyone can lose weight with the right mindset, proper diet, healthy eating pattern, the right exercise, and don’t forget the determination.

Are you ready? I will start with understanding why it is difficult to lose weight after the age of 40.

Why Is It Difficult to Lose Weight After 40?

Before we go further, I want you to take a look at these:


Have you ever counted how many times you eat in a day? And how many hours apart?

Let’s start from the morning time.

Say, you wake up at 6 in the morning. You prepare and eat breakfast at 7/8.

Then you start your activity, send your children to school, go to the office, or do grocery shopping.

You stop by at Starbucks to get a cup of coffee and a small bite of snack at 10, say you have it at 11.

Then, lunch time comes. You go have lunch with your friends/colleagues at 12/1.

At 15.00 or 16.00, you start feeling drowsy, you need another cup of coffee with a small snack.

Then you have dinner at 18.00/19.00 with your family.

You watch nighttime TV and probably have a bowl of snack next by you at 20.00/21.00.

Sometimes, not every day, you can have a late-night snack at 23.00 before you go to bed. You think that once in a blue moon late-night snack will not make you fat.

Ok, let’s count it. How many times? 6-7 times a day with 2-3 hours apart each meal.

Lose weight after 40

A modern lifestyle with so many activities to do and so many people to meet will put you in a situation where you get to eat so frequently you don’t even know it. Sometimes, it’s just a glass of bubble tea for a refreshing snack or a handful of cheese crackers or a small plate of fruits.

Without knowing it, you only count breakfast, lunch, and dinner, because the snacks are so dismal to you compared to the complete, big meals you have for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


The next thing I want you to pay attention to is what you eat.

If you eat a lot of carbs and sugar, you need to change that. If you eat 6-7 times a day and each meal has carbs and sugar in it, how much carbs and sugar do you consume in a day?

Carbs include cereal, bread, pasta, crackers, biscuits, rice, waffles, pancakes, and many other things. I know it’s difficult to avoid eating carbs. It’s everywhere you go.


Let’s talk about sugar. You might say “Oh, I have reduced my sugar intake, I no longer drink coffee with sugar.”

Please don’t forget the hidden sugar in your food. If you are cautious enough, you will find it in sauce, ketchup, salad dressings, mayonnaise, soup, and many other things you eat.


With busy schedules, stress, and vitamin deficiency, you may have reduced quantity and quality of sleep. You may sleep for only 4 hours, or 8 hours but you wake up several times at night.

The quality and quantity of sleep will affect your hormones, and this can affect your weight. High cortisol from the adrenal can cause weight gain to all parts of your body. With high cortisol, you are unable to get restful sleep at night.

Sleep lose weight after 40

The fat-burning hormone works throughout the night as you sleep. So it is important to have a deep natural sleep for 7-8 hours.


I’m sure you have heard of “You can’t lose weight because you don’t exercise enough.”

If you have too much stress that causes you to have a high level of cortisol, high-intensity exercise will only get you bigger.

Many people think that excess calories are the cause of fat accumulation and they need to burn these off through exercise.

You need to understand which exercise is the right one for you. If you are already in so much stress and your adrenal glands are weak, intense exercise can even create more damage.

Lose weight after 40

That’s what happened to me. I had weak adrenals, I got a lot of stress from work and my cortisol was high. I went to the gym every day, hired a personal trainer, and exercised so hard, but my weight didn’t come off. I even got bigger.

Only 10 years after that when I understand the root cause of my problem, then I managed to get back to my slim figure naturally, and more importantly, with a much healthier body.

Walking is the best exercise for those who want to lose weight after 40. It lowers the stress and gives relaxation.



A lot of people think that you need to lose weight and then you can be healthy. I used to think that way. It is the other way around.

You have to be healthy first then you can lose weight naturally.

Excess weight is a symptom that something wrong is going on in your body. You need to fix that first. It could be hormonal imbalance, liver dysfunction, or digestive problems.

Get your health back

So to lose excess weight, you need to be healthy first.


Hormones are chemical messages produced by your glands. Everyone has six fat-burning and three fat-making hormones, and each is triggered by different things.

What you need to realize is that your own hormones have been working the wrong way to go against you, piling up fat and distorting your body shape.

If you have them all working for you, you will be able to keep the weight off. This only happens because if you target the root cause, you will stabilize the glands and hormones that have been responsible for making you fat in the first place.

Team work

If you simply join any weight loss program without fixing the root cause of the problem – the weight will just come back so fast, you can even gain more pounds than before.

If you address the root cause, your weight will stay permanent and you will be healthy.

By fixing the root cause, you will be in fat-burning mode naturally.


Liver is the main organ for detoxification. It filters out hormones, chemicals, bacteria, viruses, fungus, parasites, microbes, drugs, and dead cells from the body as immune function. In addition, it also acts as a digestive organ that metabolizes fats, proteins, and carbohydrates.

fatty liver

The liver gets damaged over the years from the foods, the chemicals, synthetic estrogen from growth hormones, medications, aspirin, birth control pills, and HRT (hormone replacement therapy).

When the liver is damaged, your pot belly will appear, your belly starts protruding. That is a sign that you need to do a liver detox. In OliveOylee, there is a liver enhancement program free for you. You just have to download it here.

Have you seen a skinny person with a protruding belly? Be careful, sometimes when you are not that fat (but you have a small protrusion of belly fat), you think that you’re healthier than people who are fat. If you see accumulation in the abdomen, it’s a sign that your liver needs enhancement.


The foods you eat now at the age of 40, 45, 50 have different reactions when you ate them at the age of 20 or 30.

Maybe you could eat 3 burgers after a running half an hour and you didn’t gain weight back then. But now, it seems only staring at a Mac Donald’s ad can add a few pounds on your hips.

Avoid Carbs

Avoid carbs as much as you can. Try to lower your carb intake first, if you find it difficult to eliminate carbs in your diet. And then ditch all the carbs. Carbs include rice, crackers, waffles, cereal, biscuits, pasta, bread.

Eat Healthy Fat

Consume foods that are high in omega-3 fats – for example, fish, fish oil, or walnuts. Omega-3 fatty acids help prevent cancer. They are in grass-fed beef, wild-caught fish, free-range chicken.

You also need to consume food high in omega-6 fatty acids like sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, olive oil, almonds, pine nuts, avocados.

The best consumption ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fats is 1: 1. (1)

Eat Vegetables


Include cruciferous vegetables in your diet. This can help you detox the liver. Vegetables are the most concentrated sources of vitamins and minerals. Vegetables are an excellent source of potassium and they have very low sodium. Potassium helps counter the sodium excess in the body.

            Cruciferous vegetables are anti-estrogen, anti-cancer, anti-toxic chemical, and have the ability to detoxify the liver.

cruciferous vegetables

            Cruciferous vegetables include cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, broccoli, kale, radishes, bok choy, watercress, turnips.

            Add some sea kelp if you eat a lot of cruciferous vegetables in your diet, so the iodine reserve is not depleted.

            You can have them cooked or steamed to avoid bloating. If you are okay with eating raw vegetables, it best to consume it raw. You can have it in your salad or make a green shake/smoothie.

Avoid foods that have trans fats.

Trans fatty acids is the cause of many diseases including cardiovascular diseases, breast cancer, diabetes, obesity, colon cancer and many others. Trans fatty acids are found in margarine, artificial butter, hydrogenated oil, processed oils. Trans fats will add stress to the liver. (2)

What about the cooking oil? I recommend you use coconut oil since it has proven to boost metabolism. It doesn’t require that much bile to process coconut oil, less stress to the liver. You can also use olive oil, safflower oil, peanut oil.

Add saturated fats in your diet


You can include coconut oil, butter, avocado, cream cheese, cream, steak and hamburger. Eating more fat can increase the fat-burning process. It activates fat-dissolving enzymes. Adding more fat into the diet can sometimes speed up weight loss.

Avoid lean meat

Lean mean has high insulin index that can cause your insulin to spike. You need to lower your insulin hormone so that your body can start to become healthy.

Avoid processed foods and pre-packaged foods.

Processed foods and pre-packaged foods contain chemicals to preserve the foods longer.

Avoid sugar and hidden sugar

Sugar include table sugar (cane and beet), fructose, honey, brown sugar, high fructose corn syrup, maple syrup.

Hidden sugar is in grains, starches, fruits, and legumes. Don’t forget ketchup, barbeque sauce, soft drinks, bottled drinks.

Fruits to avoid are apples, pineapple, bananas, pears, dates, figs, grapes (raisins), orange and juices with added sugar.

Avoid water retainers

MSG is the big culprit of water retention. Water retention is the huge hidden source of excess weight. Chemicals and preservatives used in condiments, lunch foods, TV dinners, sauces, gravies, canned foods, boxed foods cause water retention.

Restaurants use a lot of MSG. If you eat out a lot, you will need to be more careful.

Avoid artificial sweeteners


Diet sodas usually contain artificial sweeteners. Avoid that as much as you can.

Diet soda

After you reach the age of 40, you will start to see your metabolism declining. If you eat too frequently, you will spike insulin. Too much insulin spike will lead to insulin resistance.

Read this: In the presence of insulin, you will not lose weight!

Do not be afraid of the word fasting. It’s not going to starve you to death. Normally, when you sleep, you are in the period of fasting for 8-12 hours. You will not die if you prolong the hours of not eating.

Intermittent Fasting is only a schedule of eating (fed) and not eating (fasting). You can start from the basic one: 16/8 and continue gradually to 20/4 or even to Alternate Day Fasting (ADF).

Intermittent Fasting has a lot of health benefits and weight loss is only one of them.


If you are over 40, the exercise you choose should not give you too much stress on the adrenal. Walking is the best option for women over the age of 40.


Fat-burning growth hormone is active during the night while you sleep. It is even very high during the first two hours of deep sleep, between midnight and 4:00 am.

It is difficult to catch up during the day if you miss this time period.

You burn fat in the deeper sleep cycles. Unfortunately, for those suffering from insomnia, you cannot induce a deep rejuvenating sleep through medication and expect to have the same fat-burning effect. It has to be real natural sleep.

Deep Sleep

Sleep can be interrupted by hot flashes, overactive bladder, restless legs, body tension, and stress. There are some natural supplements to help you get rid of those that interrupt your sleep.


Stress can severely affect your weight because stress increases hormone cortisol. Increased hormone cortisol can lead to fat deposits around the abdomen. Cortisol raises sugar and blocks fat from being burned.

Types of stress include watching the news, reading the newspaper (death, scandal, natural disasters), hanging out with negative people, fighting with your spouse, being in physical pain, loss of a loved one, not sleeping, or dealing with a difficult client.


Several anti-stress exercise activities are walking, hiking, being outside, working in the yard, reading a book instead of watching TV.


Several habits that we have in this modern civilization are not healthy. These result in weight gain at some point.

Busy time schedule leads to eating fast food meals, drinking soda/alcohol for social reason, watching Netflix instead of doing physical activities.

All these come with a price on your health.

Several habits that you need to have in order to be heatlhy:

  •  Get rid of the night time snacks
  • Forget about dessert after a meal
  • Avoid junk foods
  • Don’t sit for too long
  • Drink enough water
  • Be more aware of what you eat
  • Stop eating too many times

Start having a few of these new habits, then you are on your way to being healthier soon.

Weight loss will follow.


If you think you are ready to change your life, change your body, get on it seriously. Take a look at Olive Oylee’s Healthy Ketosis Diet and Intermittent Fasting guide.

Olive Oylee also has a THE NEW YOU CHALLENGE program. The program will help you reverse fatty liver, regain your health, and finally lose weight naturally.

Isn’t it wonderful to eat and not gain weight? Isn’t it amazing to eat and still lose weight until you reach your ideal weight? You can do that too!

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