Would you love to get slim, feel lean and stay strong throughout your 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond? We've got just a few easy lifestyle changes that will show you how to get a flat stomach
and rediscover a slimline you no matter what your age.
On average, women gain about 2.4kg (around 5lbs) and 2.9cm (around an inch) on the waist between the ages of 44 and 50. This is because a perimenopause starts to kick in, oestrogen levels start to fall and fat is redistributed from the hips and thighs to the tummy.
Falling oestrogen levels mean our bodies start to lose muscle in our fifties, and our stomachs develop a 'doughy' appearance. Broken nights caused by hot flushes and night sweats don't help. A 2013 study shows that sleeping less than seven hours a night can add up to 3.4cm (1.3in) to your waist. This is because missing out on sleep can disrupt leptin - the hormone that switches off hunger. 60s
Annoyingly, you may notice your tum appears to stick out more around this age.
Why? Decreasing bone density can lead to small but gradual loss of height, so we have less body length to accommodate our tummies.
The good news is by following our simple lifestyle changes for how to get a flat stomach
you can fight the flab and reduce the health risks it poses...
Just take it from, actress and w&h cover star Joan Collins
. At 82, Joan is still running circles around people half her age and her 50-year-old husband Percy Gibson struggles to keep up with her!
What's her secret for how to get a flat stomach
in her eighties? In a recent interview, the w&h cover star revealed that she still exercises everyday in the comfort of her own bedroom: 'Doing 100 or more sit-ups each day can be a crashing bore, but I have to do them.'
She also added that supplements were an essential, and weighing herself everyday allows her to watch if her weight goes up or down. If it's up, she simply cuts back!
'Eat three meals a day,' she continued. 'Try not to graze. You're not a cow!
But one thing she will never deny herself is a light tipple everyday! 'A day without wine is a day without sunshine', she says.
Looking that fabulous, Joan is proof that it's never too late to get that flat tum. Try it for yourself with our 17 tips and tricks for how to get a flat stomach
that work at any age...