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Small Diet Changes to Look (and Feel!) Great in Your 40s

Feed your muscle

Include at least two sessions of strength training into your weekly routine, and eat a diet high in lean protein sources." Aim for 30 grams of protein at every meal.

Shift down on sugar

Weight reduction is aided by a diet low in added sugars at any age, but it's particularly helpful during menopause when blood sugar levels fluctuate more.

Feed your gut

Probiotics are good for your stomach, but a study found that premenopausal women with a diverse gut bacteria population may have a lower risk of breast cancer.

Eat less calories

Lean body mass declines with aging and metabolism slows, so we may consume less calories without gaining weight as we age.

Cut back on the java?

Reduce caffeine and calories? Maybe. "Morning caffeine is fine."However, using it all day can increase your weariness and disrupt your sleep, which is needed to balance hormones and repair muscles.

Watch the salt

Since menopause raises the risk of hypertension (high blood pressure), it's crucial for women to monitor their salt intake.

Eat nutrient-dense foods

Since we are less active, we need to change how much and what we consume to balance our calories. Nutrient-dense (low-calorie) foods may help.


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