I am exercising! I am trying to eat right! Why am I not losing weight?
The answer…… We are aging!!
Our metabolism is slowing down and we have to think of other ways to lose weight. In the past, we could just exercise and drop some weight. Not now! Losing weight over 40 seems hard, but can be very easy. We have to focus more on the nutrition side of things! You know… those veggies and fruits that we avoid. Here are some ways that you can help get out of the slump and back to living life healthy.
1. Eat more veggies!!!
To be honest, if you are eating those processed foods- cereal, cookies, chips and other junk that is loaded with sugar and who knows what else, you are not going to lose weight, unless you are starving yourself and if you do that, you will eventually fail.
Make sure to eat a healthier diet, but make it simple and tasty. For example, instead of Frosted flakes or donuts for breakfast, eat eggs with spinach, whole grain toast and fruit. Instead of Mcdonald’s for lunch, eat chicken stir-fry with lots of veggies! It doesn’t have to be hard, just a different way of thinking!
2. Go for healthy snacks!
Eat 5-6 small meals a day, adding snacks in between big meals, but make them healthy snacks. Replace your cookie for a snack with apples and peanut butter or almonds and grapes.
Eating 5-6 small meals a day, keeps you from getting really hungry and going for the most convenient foods, which is usually junk.
3. Drink lots of water, Not sodas!
Yes, I said water! Water can be your friend. If you eat well and are still hungry, then it could be that you are not getting enough water. You should be drinking half of your body weight in ounces. So, if you weigh 140lbs, then you should be drinking 70 ounces a day!
Try drinking a cup of water before each meal and that will help you feel fuller and not want to grab the worse meal ever. You know, when you are hungry and craving that burger! Then throughout the day, keep your water bottle next to you and constantly sip on it.
Dump those cokes to the curb! They are not good for you and you are drinking empty calories. Most are loaded with artificial sweeteners. Instead, make water taste good. Try infusing fruit in it, to give it flavor, drink sparkling water with no sugar.
4. Exercise 30-40 minutes a day!
Exercise can be done in as little as 30 mins a day. Find something that you love to do, like cardio, dancing or weight lifting. Try out different things, then find what you like. If you are doing something you enjoy, you will more likely stick with it!
If you are not a gym person, then workout from home. There are workout programs that you can do from the comfort of your home! Here is a list of must haves when deciding to workout from home. I don’t like to go to the gym, because I don’t want to drive there and find somewhere for my kids to go. I can just wake up, stream my workout on the T.V. and get to working out. My kids join in most of the time and it shows them the importance of working out.
5. Make sure you are getting plenty of sleep!
Make sure you are getting your Zzz’s. If you are waking up still sleepy, then you might not be getting enough sleep. Our body produces human growth hormone during our sleep which supports a healthy metabolism. If you are not getting proper sleep, then your HCG is affected.
Make your room cool and dark and keep the lights off of your phone! Exercise and eating right help promote HCG and will help with sleep also! Definitely avoid sugars before bedtime, because high levels of insulin decrease your HCG levels.
6. Stress, stress and more stress!
In today’s society, we are constantly going and doing! The chaos of working, cleaning, cooking, running our kids to their activities and keeping up with everything else can be frustrating and put a lot of stress on a mom. And guess what????
Stress can lead to a slower metabolism and prevent losing weight. Stress causes you to overeat and constantly be hungry and craving junk!
Slow down mama, breathe, and figure out ways to de-stress. Say “no” to some things. Don’t over crowd your schedule. Exercise, eat right, drink lots of water and get plenty of sleep can help with the stress.
Take time to read personal development and build yourself up. Having a positive mindset, will help you succeed and feel better about yourself.
Find time everyday to spend time with the Lord, reading the bible and praying. He will feel you up with content and you will have a different perspective through your day!
7. Have your thyroid checked out!
If you still are not losing weight and feel real sluggish throughout the day, get your thyroid levels checked. It is very common at this age for women to develop hypothyroidism.
Take care of body mom and you will see the weight come off!
We all struggle at some point or another with weight, especially as we get older, but it doesn’t have to be that way. We just have to make some adjustments in our life and our way of thinking,