The Ways to Get a Flat Belly After 40

1.Eat Less Added Sugar

"Sugar leads to insulin spikes which can cause fat storage—especially around the middle. Try to eat less of it." — Dianne Rishikof

2.Nix the Fake Stuff

"Diet, low-carb, and many sugar-free foods and drinks contain artificial sweeteners that aren't completely digested by the body.

3.Hit the Weights

"Strength training is a must over 40. It builds lean muscle mass, which, over time, will help boost your resting metabolic rate which slowly declines with age.

4.Be Patient

"For many women in their 20s, it's relatively easy to drop 10 pounds by cutting back on calories for a few weeks.

5.Dial Back on Cardio

"Don't overdo it with the cardio. Spinning up the wazoo isn't going to give you the results you want. 

6.Nix Processed Carbs

"Cutting back on processed carbohydrates is essential for weight loss after 40.

7.Start Your Day with Protein Instead of Carbs

"Starting your day with protein instead of carbs prevents blood sugar spikes and insulin activity (our fat-storage hormone).

8.Pop a D3 Supplement

supplemental vitamin D3 and extra lean protein can help keep your appetite under control." — Lauren Slayton, MS, RD of Foodtrainers

9.Eliminate Foods That Bloat

"Consider taking out foods that cause bloat, including dairy products. As we age, our bodies can't break down lactose as efficiently.

10.Stop Doing Crunches

"It's no exaggeration to say at 47, I look far better in the midsection area than I did at 27. It's not about the crunches or even the planks.