In your 20s, you could consume an entire pizza pie after a late night of partying and not gain a single ounce. And in your 30s, you were hitting the gym at least three times a week but solidly maintaining your burger habit. But in your 40s? If you treated yourself to a meatball sub more than once a week, you’d see the number on the scale go up. Not to mention, achieving a chiseled physique versus a dad bod gets harder.
That’s why it’s so important to keep track of your diet and avoid foods that not only add pounds to your frame but put you at risk for serious health conditions, like heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. The good news is that you don’t have to sacrifice the foods you love for your health. In fact, there are plenty of healthy swaps you can make to your diet to help slow down the aging process. To help ensure you’re aging in reverse, we put together a list of the worst foods for men over 40. After you’ve gone through this list, read up on 40 Ways to Lose Weight When You’re Over 40.
Most margarine tubs contain artery-clogging saturated fats and are loaded with processed oils. As if that isn’t bad enough, many margarine brands use propylene glycol, a synthetic compound, which research has shown to increase cholesterol levels and cause weight gain. For a healthier alternative, swap in grass-fed butter or substitute with healthy oils such as extra-virgin olive oil and coconut oil.