How do you like the title of this post – Losing Weight After 50? Did it get your attention? Good because it was designed to do exactly that. Now I want to ask you what is stopping you from getting healthy and are you willing to do anything you need to do to lose weight and get fit? If the answer is no, stop reading now. You see, losing weight can be difficult at any age including after 50 BUT it’s not impossible. Let’s examine why it is harder to lose weight mid-life and what we can do to change it. Ready? Here we go:
- Not getting enough sleep. A recent study by WebMD concluded that people who sleep less tend to weigh more. Why is this? Sleep deprivation actually changes our metabolic rate/ What happens is your body slows down the amount of calories it burns to maintain its rest state of pumping blood, getting oxygen through the body and even breathing. In addition, we tend to eat more during the day for an energy boost as we become tired from lack of sleep. The slower metabolism plus increase in calories = weight gain. Getting a good night’s rest will help with both.
- You have increased your exercise level but have not decreased your calorie intake. This is HUGE. Yes eating clean and exercise go hand in hand to lose then maintain weight but doctor’s advise that 80% of the formula is eating clean while eating less calories than what you burn in a day. What this means is while you should maintain your exercise routine, journal and really get control of how many calories you are taking in each day. The number might really shock you.
- Eating organic. Believe it or not, many fruits and vegetables are loaded with pesticides that actually cause us to gain weight. Couple this with the slower metabolism as we age and cutting our calories and our bodies actually gain weight. Eat organic when possible and if it’s not possible, be sure you give your fruits and vegetables a good scrubbing to remove the toxins from the pesticides.
- Too warm in our homes. According to the AARP when it is too warm in our homes, our bodies do not have to work as hard taking care of our internal organs. Cooling the home from 75 to 68 increases what is called brown fat which in turn increases calorie burn by 100 calories per day. Brown fat is a good thing – it keeps your organs warm by burning calories but the amount of brown fat decreases as we age.
Yes we are all stuck with our age and gender but there are things you can do to increase your metabolic rate starting with breakfast. Eating breakfast gets your metabolism moving after a good night’s rest. If you don’t eat breakfast, your metabolism won’t get moving until you do eat. Next weight train. If you are carrying extra weight, keep in mind that muscle burns more calories than fat. When losing weight, do it slowly as a sudden drop in weight will cause your metabolism to slow down because your body thinks it’s being starved.
Finally, don’t let ANYONE tell you that you can’t get fit and healthy. Think of that unhealthy noise like static from a radio or TV and simply turn it off. You don’t have to let anyone impact your journey to health and fitness. Think positive because positive ANYTHING outweighs negative nothing. Believe in yourself and your dreams.
To your health,
Denise Sanger is a high energy business owner with over 30 years experience in the marketing area. She has transitioned her love of fitness and marketing into helping others succeed in getting fit and running their own businesses. She founded How To Stay Fit Over 50 to provide hope and support to others by motivating them to take the first step in their fitness journey no matter what age. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com