10 Weight Loss Tips for When You Hit Age 45+
Once upon a time, there was a princess who had been very active most of her life. She was a runner during her 30's and 40's, running on the average 4 miles per day. She never had to give a second thought about what she ate! Her BMI (body mass index) was right where it should be! Those were the days!
Now, fast-forward a decade+ and we find our princess on an ongoing quest to regain that coveted Body Mass Index of 20.5. (Check your own BMI at the website listed above.) The princess found that her size eight pants were too tight and made red creases in her mid-section.
Blame it on menopause - blame it on not enough time in the day to exercise - blame it on blah-blah-blah. The princess realized that she needed to get off her duff and do something about it and fast! This required an action plan! She spent a lot of time trying to find the quick fix to lose those annoying ten- fifteen pounds, but alas, in the process, she gained ten more instead!
A Royal Action Plan
- Set realistic goals. Don't expect to lose the weight in a month! We have all heard that rapid weight loss = rapid weight gain+ somewhere down the road. Figure out what is realistic for you.
- Eat six small meals each day. If that is too difficult because of your lifestyle, eat a small evening meal and eat the biggest meal in the morning or noontime.
- Don't exclude anything from your meal plan. Every food group has importance!
- Portion control is an important key! The average American meal ( and not just American food, but any meal ordered at a restaurant) is usually enough for two people! Request a doggie bag and have lunch for the next day.( for you Aussies, that is a "to go" container for your left-over food.)
- Don't eat later than 6PM if at all possible.
- Exercise, exercise, exercise! It is really necessary to do this at least five to six days when you are getting started.
- Don't go by the scale; go by how your clothes feel.
- Drink more water than you want to, especially when you begin to feel hungry. Thirst is often mistaken for hunger!
- Choose snacks that have three grams of fat or less for every 100 calories. I love those little 100 calorie packs of certain cookies and crackers that you can buy at Costco!
- Always approach any action plan as a change for the long haul. This way, you will reap the benefits for a lifetime and live happily ever after!