Aging Doesn’t Mean Weight Gain
We know what it’s like: You get older and it seems harder and harder to get weight off and keep it off. Hormones change, metabolisms slow, and both women and men tend to collect fat around their middles. Maybe you’re working just as hard as ever, and yet you see the numbers on the scale creeping up.
What do you do?
You do what anyone who wants to lose weight and get healthy does: You take a look at your life and your lifestyle, your choices, and you make some changes. The first place to look? Your refrigerator. Very often, the keys to the kingdom of weight loss are resting comfortably in your refrigerator. When you have the metabolism of a 20 year old, you may be able to have a cheeseburger and chase it with a bowl of a ice cream and a Coke (though we do not recommend this), but as woman over 50, not so much. You can’t expect to eat the way you did before and maintain your weight when your metabolism is changing–it’s just not feasible.
What you need to do
Cut out sugary drinks and soda, reign in your sugar beast, and pass high-fat foods on down the table. We know they taste good, we know that maybe that Coke or Diet Coke has gotten you through many long afternoons, we know that you think donuts ease your pain, but we also know that you don’t need these things to make it through the day. Know why? Because you’ve made it this far, you’re strong, and no donut has more power to heal you than you.
So, clean out that fridge, and fill it up with fresh, whole foods–produce, lean meats, fish, whole grains, nuts, etc. These foods will nourish you, and once you’ve kicked those sugary, fatty foods to the curb, these foods will make you feel better than you ever have because your body will get what it needs to perform at its best. Sure, you need to keep an eye on calories, but you’ll see that when you’re boosting your fruits and veggies and eating healthy, that you can eat enough to be full and still be eating less calories every day than you did before (remember that one pound equals 3500 calories). Another tip researchers found when studying women and weight loss after menopause–eating fewer meats and cheeses was also important in taking off pounds and keeping them off.
The other important thing you have to do?
Keep moving. If you exercise regularly now, keep doing it. If you don’t, find a way to fit some workout time into your everyday routine. Even just a half an hour a day! And just because you’re getting older, doesn’t mean you can’t work hard. Push yourself. We said it before, and we’ll say it again: You’re strong. As Jillian Michaels puts it: “I believe that we manifest the mental strength we’ve built over the years to overcome struggles and adversity into our physical strength, enhancing our fitness capabilities.” Consider your life through Jillian’s lens: You’re basically a superhero already, so exercise like one.:)
Losing weight and keeping it off after menopause requires the same tools as losing weight and keeping it off anytime–smart food choices, exercise and discipline. If you want it and you’re reading this, you’re taking your first steps. Come in and talk with us. We can help create a personalized plan for you that will get the results you want. Take the next step with us. Age is more than a number; it’s a measure of strength. Come show us how strong you are.