Did you know if you eat the same diet as you did in your 20s you can gain up to thirty pounds a year? Unfortunately, it’s a fact. Increased levels of stress, a slowed metabolism, lack of exercise and poor nutrition can all be blamed for that extra weight you’ve been carrying around. While this may sound like a death sentence to some, it doesn’t have to be. By staying active and replacing fatty foods with healthy alternatives, you can take control of your weight and look and feel as good as you did before life took a toll on your body.
The best weight loss programs don’t try to sell you bottles of pills, a years’ worth of pre-packaged food, or force you to take part in embarrassing public group weigh-ins; instead, they offer a personal and comfortable one-on-one approach. One of the easiest ways to take control of your weight is by becoming aware of what you’re putting into it. By learning about general health and nutrition, you can become capable of deciding which foods are nutritious and which only contribute to weight gain. That way, you can make the best dietary decisions and only put the best into your body.
Additionally, being aware of portion sizes is key. For years, doctors and nutritionists have agreed that one should only eat until they are no longer hungry- not full. Unfortunately, with massive restaurant portions and all-you-can-eat buffets, this can be hard. Instead of ordering a full-size restaurant meal for yourself, offer to share with a friend, or take half home for tomorrow’s lunch. You can also try ordering just an appetizer- that way you can save some room for some dessert. It’s okay to indulge- just stop at one or two chocolates, instead of eating half the box.
As far as nutrition goes, fill your plate with fruits and leafy green vegetables as often as you can. A common misconception is that eating healthy isn’t satisfying or lacks in taste. This is simply untrue; even foods like French toast and spaghetti can be made using a healthy, weight-loss recipe. The next time you’re feeling tired, try eating a handful of almonds or biting into a juicy apple instead of drinking an energy drink or Frappuccino; they’re rumored to offer tons of energy AND they’re good for your health.
Last but not least, weight loss requires inspiration. Whether it’s a photo of yourself at a trimmer weight, a friend or family member who is also struggling with weight loss, or a personal trainer or nutritionist who has been exactly where you are and has succeeded in losing weight- it is important to have someone to push you and act as a personal cheerleader. Not only will this person help you lose weight, but they can be your reason to keep it off!