Nancy DiNino


They say that 40 is the new 30, thanks to healthier habits.

The thing is both your nutritional needs and metabolism (how fast your body converts food into energy) CHANGING with AGE.

Yet, I hear it all the time from women who continue to struggle with weight and other medical concerns as they enter their 40s. I can’t tell you how many times I hear “I eat healthy every day and still can’t seem to lose the weight!” When I ask how much protein they are eating, they have no clue.

Women over 40 need protein more than ever(as well as healthy fats) to keep their metabolism going.

The thing is “ You don’t know what you don’t know”. Women over 40 need protein more than ever(as well as healthy fats) to keep their metabolism going. Yes, “protein in every meal” to replace those“mid-day and late-night” food grabs which may be exactly what is slowing your goals down.

Protein builds muscle, muscle is required to repair and maintain the cells in your body and MUSCLE is what helps us BURN FAT. Therefore, it should be eaten in almost every meal in varying portions.

Women 40+ need more protein because:
  • ️Your Losing Muscle Mass…much faster than you think

In your 40s, your body starts to lose muscle mass at a rate of 1.2% a year, and it may not sound like a lot, but the side effects certainly are. Loss of muscle mass may leave you feeling more quickly fatigued, weak and vulnerable to injuries like those days you wake up and think “Where did this pain come from?”

Protein builds lean muscle and elevates metabolism to burn fat. But when combined with other macronutrients it slows down the rate of absorption.

  • ️You don’t make muscle like you used to.

Aside from moving less, the body develops what is known as “anabolic resistance” with age which means a 40–50-year-old body is less likely to make protein than a 20-year-old body, even if they eat the same amount of protein.  This means the 50-year-old, needs to eat more protein to have the same muscle mass which leads to the next point.

  • ️You’re eating less of the good stuff …like Protein.

Protein builds lean muscle and elevates metabolism to burn fat. But when combined with other macronutrients it slows down the rate of absorption. Therefore, to understand how protein is used and absorbed we must remember that the form of our protein and what we consume our protein with is going to affect how the body handles the protein.

The thing is “ You don’t know what you don’t know”

At minimum and based on your goals, generally it is recommended to consume 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. But over 40 often that number is increased between 1 – 1.5 grams.

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Nancy Di Nino
Creator of “Fighter Fat Loss Method” for Women 40+  and
#InvincibleBody for Women 40+
Women’s Expert Health Coach
Clinical Weight Loss Practitioner

I can’t count how many times my clients ask me why they need to take Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs). Yes, there is a misconception that it is only for men who want big muscles. I have been using BCAAs for years during/post-workout and I would actually feel “off” if I had to train without them. Almost like ‘sneakers with no socks”.

If you are over 40 – BCAA’s is a must during training and has more anti-aging benefits than you realize. Ladies take note!

There are three branched-chain amino acids included among the list of essential amino acids: Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine. These three amino acids are referred to as branched-chain amino acids because of their unique chemical composition. They make up about 35% of the body’s total muscle protein.


Improved Hormone Balance
For women, BCAA supplementation can help with hormone balance. Testosterone is an important hormone for women as well as men, and low testosterone can make it harder for women to gain muscle. Low levels of testosterone can have a negative effect on women’s metabolisms, too.

Increased Metabolism
For women who are looking to lose body fat or improve their body composition, BCAA supplementation can be very helpful. BCAAs help to prevent muscle breakdown and make it easier for you to maintain and build muscle mass. This, in turn, helps you to maintain or speed up your metabolism, which allows you to burn more calories while exercising and at rest.

Healthier Pregnancies
BCAAs can help women have healthier pregnancies, too. When a woman is pregnant, she needs adequate levels of amino acids (including BCAAs) to provide the fetus with adequate nutrition. Sufficient amino acids play a key role in the building of the fetus’s organs, skin, and other body tissues. By adding BCAAs into your routine during pregnancy (with your doctor’s permission, of course), you can ensure that you and your growing baby are properly nourished. But always consult with your doctor first.

Helps Build Lean Muscle
If you’re more interested in gaining muscle than losing body fat, BCAAs are still a useful supplement to incorporate into your regimen. BCAAs support muscle protein synthesis and can help you recover faster from your workouts. They can help stay energized during your workouts, too, which allows you to push more weight and perform exercises with better form, both of which will lead to results that are more noticeable.

Helps To Reduce Appetite
Adding BCAAs to your supplement routine can help to reduce your appetite, too. First, sipping on a flavored drink can help to curb hunger. However, the Leucine found in BCAA products is also beneficial.

So, this why I have been using BCAA’s for years.

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NANCY DI NINO – Creator of “Fighter Fat Loss Method for Women 40+.

By Status Fitness Magazine
April 28, 2021

Toronto, Ontario– Status Fitness Magazine has signed master trainer Nancy Di Nino to its professional fitness and editorial lineup. Nancy is an expert trainer in women 35+, trusted by many of the IFBB’s top-ranked female and male athletes. Nancy Di Nino will share her vast knowledge and expertise in all areas of physique change and contest prep for Status Fitness Magazine.

Nancy Dinino shares her thoughts on joining the Status Fitness Magazine Team
I have always felt that STATUS was a one-stop-shop for all your health and fitness needs. Health and Fitness go beyond the physical aspect and STATUS is a platform providing the most cutting-edge information related to overall health, fitness, and wellness…from a gym novice to a competitor. Its global presence always has a pulse on what is happening in the industry.

Humbled first and foremost! I am excited to share my cumulative experience and knowledge I have gained over the past 20 years plus. The time has ripened my knowledge with diverse experiences and perspectives, from being on stage as a competitor to the front lines of a media personality to a women’s expert health coach. I consider myself a ‘chameleon’ in the sense that I grow and transition with each stage of life and with those transitions I am able to focus on sharing, helping, and inspiring others along with being able to affect change in some shape or form of their life.

Status Editor-in-Chief Rodney Jang shares his thoughts on Nancy Di Nino
We are absolutely ecstatic to have Nancy join the Status team once again. She was originally writing for Status 12 years ago and provided incredible insights to all fitness enthusiasts, especially females.

With all her experience and maturation, Nancy is the ideal reference and expert for women who are 35+ and want to improve their health (fitness, weight loss, emotional, hormonal, etc). We look forward to seeing all the ladies Nancy will be helping. Welcome back to the team Nancy!

Status is excited to provide Nancy with the Status media platform in the form of his own expert column to reach millions of people and support them in reaching their fitness goals.

About Nancy Di Nino
For almost three decades, Nancy has coached thousands of people to achieve optimal health and fitness from gym novices to fitness professionals. Nancy’s passion for fitness has led her to an incredible, rewarding and diverse career in the international fitness, media, and modeling industry landing various magazine covers and features in publications like Oxygen, Muscle & Fitness Hers, Status Fitness Magazine, Optimize, and Iron Man.

Thanks to having a natural camera personality, she has also hosted prestigious events such as, Olympia, Toronto Pro Supershow, and Arnold Sports Festival, interviewing high-caliber sports celebrities, UFC fighters, and legends like Arnold Schwarzenegger himself.

As a former co-host for Living Beautiful Radio, she is dedicated to sharing stories and advice and passionate about spreading a positive, uplifting message that helps people live beautifully inside and out. She has inspired and transformed thousands of women to be fit, confident and the best version of themselves no matter their age

Find out more about Nancy DiNino: Website | Instagram | Facebook 

About Status Fitness Magazine
Status Fitness Magazine has been a reader favorite since it hit newsstands in 2006. Known for industry-changing covers, Status has featured the likes of George St. Pierre, Brock Lesner, Vernon Davis, Cass Martin, Ashley Kaltwasser among others. Geared to everyone from the general health and weight loss person to the extremely competitive physique or performance athlete, Status delivers researched, proven, and cutting-edge knowledge to everyone interested in fitness as a lifestyle.

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