Thanks to a slowing metabolism and decreasing muscle mass, the process of getting lean after 40 calls for a little extra oomph—especially if you’re trying to lose a significant amount of weight.

Sure, you probably know that you’ll have to cut back on the treats and move more. But it also takes some smart strategising to stay motivated and turn healthy habits into the kinds of lifestyle changes that will help you reach your goal weight and maintain it for years to come.

That’s where these tips come in. We talked with seven women over 40—all of whom have lost 15 or more kilos!—about the tools and methods that helped them make lasting healthy changes. And we've got to admit that they’re pretty darn genius! Try incorporating a few into your weight loss plan, and you just might find yourself on the fast track to getting into those skinny jeans. (Looking for even more slim-down secrets? Don’t miss these 6 things you must do to lose weight over 40.)

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