Aging is something we can’t avoid. And it is a fact that as you age, your appearance may go through some significant changes. As you reach your 40′s and beyond, you will begin to experience problems such as crow’s feet, frown lines, and others associated with aging. Your metabolism will begin to change (read that as slow down) and your will find it easier to gain weight and get out of shape. You might find it more difficult to lose weight and maintain a satisfactory level of fitness. Most people will try to lose weight by dieting. It can work, but it is a slow process. It may be difficult, but it is not impossible.
The cliché “You are what you eat” really applies as we get older and less physically active. Not only will your diet apply to your overall well being, it also affects the health of your skin and mental well-being. Foods rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals have valuable anti-aging effects that counteract or slow down the problems that come with age. And there are lots of supplements that are supposed to make your skin glow and your mind sharp. None that I’ve seen have any scientific basis and few if any have been evaluated by the FDA. The only hope we have is to learn how to select, prepare and eat foods that are natural and provide the nutrients that help our bodies be the best they can be.
The good news is that there are literally thousands of diets out there that work for some people. The downside is that none of them work for everyone and it is up to each of us to find one that works and that we can live with.
I like a variety of food and some diets restrict certain foods that I like to eat. They won’t work for me over the long term. Anyway, my opinion is that it is not what you eat as much as how much you eat that causes you to be fat. You don’t have to change what you eat. Just be aware of how much you eat. Eat less, you’ll lose weight.
Here are some free weight loss tips:
1. If you want to diet to lose weight, go for it. Do some research and find a diet that fits your lifestyle. Calculate how many calories you’re eating before you start making changes and then keep track of how much you eat. Remember, to lose a pound of fat, your body has to burn 3500 calories more than you eat. That could be easy to get just by making small changes in what your eat or drink on a daily basis. Use up or eliminate 3500 calories a week and you’ll lose a pound. Sounds simple, doesn’t it!
2. Don’t drink your calories. Calories from juices, soft drinks and energy drinks add up very quickly and are often not considered as part of what we eat. Soft drinks are nothing more than liquid candy. Every can of soft drink, diet drinks or energy drinks fill you up with empty calories that have no nutritional value. Read the labels. Soft drinks average about 160 calories. Drink water, lots of water. Use a lemon or orange slice to give it more flavor. Unsweetened tea has almost zero calories. There are lots of things that can take the place of soft drinks.
3. Get committed to lose the weight you want. Think about what you will gain if you lose weight and avoid talking about what you will lose. It’s just a matter of perspective, but one is positive and the other is negative. Positive things are always worth working for and if you can visualize the body you want, you can probably get it.