In your 40's, the whole body changes. The concentration of sex hormones lowers which will cause fat to be deposited on the abdomen, making it difficult to be removed. Also, your medical history matters. Women get the unsightly belly after pregnancy, and those suffering from polycystic ovarian syndrome accumulate fat on the waist, regardless of age.
On the other hand, women under 40 tend to put more kilos on the hips and, therefore, diet will reduce initially their breasts and waist.
Although there is no "magic food" to reduce belly fat, a recent study showed that a diet rich in whole grains lowers excess fat in the waist area.
Volunteers who consumed whole grains, in addition to lean meat, fish, fruit and vegetables, lost more weight in the abdominal area than those who consumed refined grains.
A diet rich in whole grains (bread or pasta) helps the body use glucose more efficiently, reduces blood glucose and fat deposits. Instead, refined foods (like white bread) increase blood sugar suddenly, facilitating fat deposits.
Also, this study proved that people who follow a diet rich in monounsaturated fats get rid of abdominal fat more easily. Such foods include avocados, nuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, olives, soybeans, chocolate, olive oil and rapeseed oil.
RUNNING & WALKING
Exercise and crunches have no effect on abdominal fat. Cardio exercises are more suitable. Jogging, aerobics or walking reduce waistline faster.
Yoga strengthens muscles, including the abdomen, improves posture and gives you a feeling of peace and comfort.
Watch out for foods and beverages containing lot of sugar. Besides being unhealthy, they are deposited directly on belly and hips.
DO NOT RELY ON MIRACULOUS CREAMS AND PILLS
There are a lot of supplements that promise to get rid of extra pounds, but you must understand that they can not perform miracles and that only a balanced diet and regular exercise can help you lose weight.
Exercises that help
While standing in your feet, keep them slightly apart and bent your knees enough to touch the ground with your hands. Then get up slowly transferring all weight on your left foot while bending the right knee, slightly touching your right leg with your hand.
Stay in this position a few minutes. Return to starting position and repeat with the other foot. Repeat this exercise about 20 times.
Stay with hands and feet on the ground as shown above and raise the right foot as much as you can. Keep your back straight and sit in this position as much as you can. Repeat with the other foot.
"Draw" circles with your feet
Lying on your back, raise one leg and draw circles in the air. Keep your foot straight and move it gently, first in one direction then the other. Do the exercise for 30 seconds, then rest, and repeat with the other foot.
Besides being a fun exercise, hula hoop helps you work your abs and hips. Do it every day for 0-15 minutes to increase the flexibility and you'll get maximum results.