If you’re part of Generation X like me, you’re noticing lots of physical changes in your body. It’s almost like going through a second puberty because of the big changes in your body!

You can be an elite athlete, but age is still going to affect your performance in one way or another. This is why the average age for Olympic athletes is only 25.9 years old, and only 26 years old for NFL players. Brady is the only professional athletes to have won multiple championships for his sport past the age of 35 years old. When I look at these numbers, I realize how blessed I am to be able to box, lift weights, coach soccer, and ski black diamond slopes.

Each year is a blessing and filled with new opportunities, so I look at age from a different perspective. I found that hitting your 40s has plenty of benefits, such as earned wisdom, increased self-awareness, and self-confidence. On the flip side, our metabolism doesn’t work as well as it did in our 20s, so maintaining your ideal weight and body fat takes more work. For this reason, I want to share a few tricks that have helped me through the years.

How much you eat, and what you eat matters! You cannot “work it off” so everything you put in your body counts. I began intermittent fasting a few months ago and noticed a difference in my waistline as well as my energy level almost immediately. I am going to have my blood tests done soon to confirm if fasting is helping decrease my blood sugar level and will share in future posts.

Here are some food shifts that have worked for me:

  1. Eat foods with “better” carbs such as butternut squash and cauliflower instead of bread, pasta and rice. Carbohydrates fuel our body with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants, but after 40 we need to lower carb intake since our metabolism decreases after 40.
  2. Eat more leafy greens: Kale, watercress, spinach, collard greens, leaf lettuce, and cabbage are some of the best leafy greens that you can eat. Leafy greens will help regulate your insulin and blood sugar levels and support a healthy digestion.
  3. Limit alcohol: research has shown that moderate drinking could support weight management, but heavy drinking can increase your risk of becoming obese
  4. Beware of “diet foods”: just because the label says that it has low calories doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Those “diet foods” might be highly processed and lead you to have an increased appetite.
  5. Eat whole and fresh foods vs. processed or packaged foods

I’m all about aging gracefully and doing whatever I can to grow up in good health. My goal is to help you learn from my successes as well as my failures! At the end of the day, we are all in this together.

What are you doing to maintain your ideal weight? Or are you having trouble maintaining your weight? Please share your experience in the comment section below to help all of us who have reached “middle age.”