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Jennie Garth and Her Weight Loss Story

By Rob Poulos...

Actress Jennie Garth is showing that just because you turn 40 doesn’t mean that you can’t get your body back into shape. The former “Beverly Hills, 90210” star, and current Old Navy commercial pitch-woman  showed off her retooled body in a photo shoot for this week’s People Magazine. Garth lost 30-pounds in the months since her 40th birthday in April, saying that she pulled herself together and got in shape for the sake of her three children.

The actress stated in an interview with the magazine that she decided to make a change after falling into a deep depression following her split with her husband of 11 years, “Twilight” start Peter Facinelli, in March.

“I just looked at it like there’s no way I can hide out… and never work again, never love again and never laugh again… Sitting on the couch eating Pringles all day is not going to help anybody,” she told People.

The actress decided to embark on a major health overhaul, hiring a trainer to help transform her body, and her diet, so that she could lose the weight. Like many women hitting 40, Garth decided that a life-change was in order. With the help of a trainer, Jennie Garth weight loss was achieved through figuring out not just what worked, but also what didn’t work as well.

When it comes to losing weight when at age 40, or older, one of the biggest things that you have to contend with is your metabolism. While saying that you can’t lose weight due to your slow metabolism is a cop-out, the truth is that your metabolism does make things a bit more difficult. According to Madelyn Fernstrom, PhD director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Weight Management Center and associate director of the UPMC Nutrition Center in Pittsburgh, those who are simply looking to stay at their current weight need to eat 100 calories less per day at 40 than they would at a younger age.

In an interview with WebMD.com, Fernstrom stated that, as one ages, lifestyle is one of the biggest barriers to weight loss. “As we age, our lives become more complicated, whether it’s with children, with work, with aging parents, and so we have less time really to be more physically active and pay attention to what we’re eating” she says. In other words, if you are going to lose weigh you need to not just note the change in your metabolism, but also change your lifestyle as well.

While Jennie Garth, and anyone else approaching 40, may need to work a bit harder to lose weight, the focus still needs to be on two important factors: eating less and exercising more. Because your metabolism slips a bit with age, make sure that you pay close attention to the nutrition labels on the food that you buy. Don’t just take for granted that “Low Fat” foods are better for you; some take out the “good fat” that your body needs and replaces it with extra calories that will be detrimental to your weight loss routine. In addition, practice portion control when you eat, as it can save you hundreds of calories in a sitting.

When it comes to exercising, the Department of Health and Human Service suggests at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise per week. If you can’t run when you start your routine, start by going for a brisk walk. In addition, make sure that you add some strength or resistance training into your routine, as it can help increase your metabolism in your body, while building muscle.

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