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Emotional Eats Podcast

Feb 19, 2024

I don’t always love to focus just on weight loss, but it IS the number one thing that women over 40 ask me about.  So I brought my friend Michele in because she has amazing ways to get started on your weight loss journey that are not overly complicated.  Shares about metabolism, muscle and health habits.

Michele Riechman is a personal trainer, yoga teacher, health coach and mother of 4 and has her doctorate in physical therapy. She is the host of the Healthy Beyond 40 podcast and she helps women to nourish their bodies, get healthy, and optimize their metabolism, so they can feel better!


Michele challenges the conventional diet mentality, focusing on metabolism and the difference between movement and exercise. Michele's insights extend to addressing the complexities of aging, particularly how metabolism, stress eating, and reduced physical activity contribute to unexpected weight gain. She discusses the significance of understanding our bodies' needs, particularly in the context of hormonal changes during menopause, and the power of mindful eating and consistent movement in restoring balance.  

We talk about the role of strength training in women over 40 in enhancing muscle mass and metabolism, debunking myths around aging and strength decline. Michele advocates for starting with bodyweight exercises and gradually increasing intensity to prevent injury and ensure consistency. She underscores the importance of holistic health, including managing stress, sleep quality, and emotional well-being, in achieving a balanced lifestyle.

Make sure to check out  Michele's podcast, "Healthy Beyond 40," for more information on health, nutrition, exercise, and mental well-being. 

Highlights from the episode:

  • Health journey, exercise, and nutrition. 0:06
  • Exercise and movement for overall health. 6:14
  • Strength training, weight loss, and body image. 15:25
  • Managing stress and emotions for better health. 21:08
  • How exercise affects body composition and health. 31:04
  • Strength training for women over 40. 32:54

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Podcast:  Healthy Beyond 40


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