Weight management after the forty year mark starts to become more challenging. Our body’s metabolic rate starts to slow down, and things that used to keep us fit and healthy aren’t working as well any more. Here are some tips to help you return to your former condition and maintain it during middle age.
Often effective weight management will involve more than merely telling yourself to count on self-discipline, for eating less and shedding pounds. As we age this becomes somewhat more challenging. Many times some life-style changes are needed but they don’t necessarily have to be drastic ones for good weight management. As an example, eating some fruits along with vegetables instead of a processed meal once a day and adding 10 to 15 minutes of walking could be all it takes to prevent weight gain. As a first step, think about controlling any weight gain before attempting a weight loss program.
Understanding Your Metabolism Is Critical
Understanding your metabolism is critical when it comes to proper weight management. It works silently in the background really controlling the results of your efforts. Not only does your metabolism determine your energy level, but it also dictates how efficient the food is converted into the energy. A few things can be done to have your metabolism operating in top shape. First, increase the volume of nutrients you are consuming in relation to the number of calories. Second, ensure you aren’t deficient in anything your body needs by taking a multivitamin while adding lots of fruits, veggies and protein. Finally, include some exercise as part of your weekly routine. This will increase your metabolic rate. Combine weight or resistance workouts with regular doses of cardio.
Regular exercising is key, but keep in mind that you shouldn’t kill yourself in some torturous routine. First of all, you won’t stick to it over the long run and second of all it would be anti-productive to your weight management objective. Building muscle increases your body’s ability to burn calories. Every pound of muscle you add will burn about 100 calories a day. In order for your muscles to increase, they must be allowed time to recover after exercising. Over-training prevents them from fully recovering and therefore growing to burn more calories.
Remember, There Are No Magic Skinny Pills
Supplements and medications can sometimes aid your weight management efforts by helping to control cravings when you are starting out. There are so many choices on the market today that it is very difficult to know if something is right for you. Be sure to check with your doctor before doing any experimenting. Also remember that there are no miracle skinny pills out there. Whatever you may take should only be a part of your program, not the only part.
Look to participate in a fitness program that includes a social component for support and encouragement. Individuals that try to go it alone have a much harder time sticking to their weight management routine than those who participate with others. You can do this by joining a fitness club and going to workout or you can find several successful programs online that have forums, webinars and live chat.
Having The Proper Mindset Is Your Weight Management Key
Finally, no matter what shape your body is in today, you can absolutely slow down the aging process and sometimes stop or even reverse it if you have the proper mindset and persistent attitude. Learn to eat healthy foods, burn up as many calories as you take in while getting regular exercise and no matter what your age, your weight management will be under control.
One of the best support systems in a weight management program that I have found is provided by 7 Minute Workout. Their system includes forums, blogs and several interactive Webinars each week where you can get any questions you have answered.