If you are a woman over forty you might have gained weight because of hormone changes, a slowing metabolism rate and lack of exercise. There are changes you can make to your lifestyle in order to lose weight and stay physically fit. Several tips are listed below.

Reduce the amount of sugary drinks you consume and replace them with pure water. Create a calorie deficit in order to lose pounds. If you want to lose about 1 pound per week, you need to reduce your calorie intake by 500 calories. Select foods that are highly nutritious and low in fat. Make sure you eat vegetables and fruits which contain fiber and help to rev up your slowing metabolism.

Eat flaxseed because it is rich in fiber and healthy fats which help stabilize blood sugar and suppress your appetite. Some research indicates flax can also help soothe symptoms of hormone swings because it is high in plant estrogens. Ground flaxseed is very easy to digest and you can sprinkle it over cereals, soups, or salads.

•You should eat fresh fish at least twice a week. Salmon and trout contain healthy fats and oil that may help prevent breast cancer. If you do not want to eat fish, try a fish oil supplement.

Add protein to your diet to tame hunger. Lean meats, cheese and beans are good options. You can also include soy in your meals. Soy milk, soy nuts and tofu are packed with protein and can help relieve the symptoms of menopause. Most adults in the United States get 12% – 18% of their calories from protein. You can benefit from increasing this amount to 50%.

Starting in the early 40s, your body goes through a series of changes that drastically affect digestion, metabolism, and other bodily functions. An appropriate diet can help with weight management.