Gaining weight in your 40s is common, but it can be discouraging. You know what you should do to stay healthy and lose weight, but it’s hard when these things just aren’t working anymore. Or you have too much going on in your life to commit to hours at the gym! In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about gaining weight in your 40s: why it happens, how much is too much, and what you can do about it.

Is it normal?

Yes, it is normal to gain weight as you age. But that doesn’t mean you have to accept it. The average American gains about one pound per year after age 25-30–and that can add up over time.

The good news is that if you’re concerned about your weight (or if your doctor tells you that your BMI needs improvement), there are things we can do about it! There are plenty of healthy ways for adults in their 40s and beyond who want to lose weight safely and effectively.

Hormones and menopause

One of the most common causes of weight gain in this age group is hormonal fluctuations. As you age and your body changes, it’s normal to experience some hormonal shifts that can affect your appetite or metabolism. You may find yourself hungrier than before–or less hungry–and this could lead to overeating and weight gain if you aren’t careful about what you eat (or how much).

For example: If a woman goes through menopause without taking steps to manage her hormones (such as through hormone replacement therapy), she may notice more cravings for sugar and carbs in addition to other symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats. These cravings can be difficult for some women because they feel like they have no control over them; however, there are things we can do now so we’re better prepared when these changes hit us later in life!

Impact of medications

If you’re taking medication, it’s important to understand how it might affect your weight. Some medications can cause weight gain and others may make you feel drowsy or fatigue.

If your doctor prescribes a new medication and asks about any side effects, be sure to mention any concerns about weight gain or difficulty sleeping.

Working out isn’t necessarily the answer

Working out can be a great way to stay in shape, but it’s not the only answer. There are many different types of exercise and finding one that you enjoy and will stick with is key. And while working out is important, it can’t do all the work on its own–you need to make sure that your diet is also balanced so that you’re eating enough calories without gaining weight.

Working out can help boost your mood and make you feel better about yourself!

There are ways, but maybe not the ways you’re used to 

You have to be patient, and you have to be realistic. You can’t expect your body to respond in the same way as it did when you were younger. With age comes change, and that includes a slower metabolism and reduced muscle mass–two things that will affect your weight gain or loss.

But there are still plenty of ways for people over 40 to lose weight without feeling like they’re depriving themselves of food or exercise opportunities:

Cut out processed foods from your diet by reducing fast food orders (or eliminating them altogether), cooking at home more often, and eating fresh fruits and vegetables instead of pre-packaged snacks

Get active by incorporating activities into daily life like taking walks around the neighborhood with friends or family members. 

Reach out to a professional

If you’re feeling overwhelmed and the above tips don’t seem to be helping, consider reaching out to a health and fitness coach. They can help you create a personalised plan that addresses your hormones, weight gain, emotional eating and more.

Webinar Reminder

Because this issue is so common, we have decided to host a webinar that will give you the tools and tips you need to start feeling good in your body again.

The Truth About Meno-Belly: Why what you did in your 20s no longer works in your 40s – Thursday 16th November, 2pm – 2.45pm

Join Rita live, as she uses her experience as a qualified health and fitness coach specialising in menopause, to help you combat your meno-belly and simplify weight loss.

Replays will be sent out if you can’t attend, but you’ll want to join us live, as you’ll receive:

  • Instant access to our BIGGEST EVER offer, announced at the end of the webinar
  • The opportunity to join the Q+A with Rita
  • A free copy of our Menopause Bundle e-books


Gaining weight in your 40s can be frustrating and confusing, but it’s important to remember that you’re not alone! There are many other women out there experiencing the same thing–and they have found ways of dealing with it through exercise and dieting as well as professional help to put your habits into auto-pilot.

Make it easier on yourself and join us live for the webinar. We can’t wait to see you there!