Losing weight becomes more difficult as we grow older, it’s a normal thing we all have to face eventually. When we’re younger it’s much easier for us to remain physically active, our metabolism is faster and we just find it easy to stay in shape and fit.
As we age and we get over 50 years of age, our body starts seeking more attention, our nutritional requirements change and our body starts undergoing drastic changes as well.
And even though it may be more difficult to lose the extra weight after 50, it’s still possible and it can be easy, maybe not as easy as when we were twenty but it can be done.
The fast paced life we all lead has made it more difficult to maintain our body in the perfect shape as the years go by, we fail to find the time for physical activity, we eat on the go, we consume too much fast food and don’t pay attention to what our body needs on a daily basis. But as you get older, you need to find more time to take care of your body, especially if you’ve put on some extra pounds. You need to start making some changes in your lifestyle, your diet and your workout routines in order to be successful.
You need to pay attention to the following tips:
- Reduce your calorie intake. As we age our hormone production decreases so we start accumulating fat easier than we did before. Consequently, the calories we ingest burn slower so it’s a good idea to keep track of our calorie intake. Don’t go over 1700 calories a day, and try to be more physically active to increase the calorie burning.
- The best diet types are the ones that help you lose the pounds step by step, not a drastic weight loss at once. These crash diets will only cause a yo-yo effect and you’ll get the pounds even faster than you’ve lost them.
- Increase your protein intake. Proteins strengthen your muscles and make you feel more energized. Avoid sugars, consume more lean meats, fish and veggies.
- Eat slower and don’t skip meals.
- If you want to have stronger bones you should consume a minimum of 1200mg of calcium on a daily basis. You can achieve this by consuming more milk, yogurt and other foods that have a high calcium content.
- Start up some sport. It can even be walking or jogging. Just find some fun activity that will keep you moving. Walk about half an hour every day and you’ll be able to lose up to one kilo every two weeks.
- Don’t try to be perfect. You are who you are and you shouldn’t try to change yourself. Eat with pleasure, not with guilt. Eat healthy so that you can be healthy.
- Don’t compare yourself with younger people. Accept that you’re getting older, that your body is aging and learn how to age with grace. Aging is a natural thing that will happen to everyone, it’s nothing to be ashamed of or to be scared from. Learn to love your aging body and others around you will notice your self-respect and love you even more.
Start performing the following exercises to start burning 200 calories a day:
- 15 minutes jogging
- 1 hour gardening
- 20 minutes walking
- 30 minutes swimming
- 30 minutes cycling
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