Remember how easy it was to stay in shape in your twenties? Well, as you enter your thirties, losing weight isn’t so easy anymore. As your metabolism slows over time and your priorities shift to careers, children and other interests, it gets harder and harder to lose those extra pounds you’ve managed to pack on. The good news is, there are ways to counter the challenges you face when it comes to weight loss, and losing weight after 30 doesn’t have to be that hard.
Probably one of the biggest challenges when it comes to losing weight is aging itself. Our bodies change, and we have to make minor changes to go with it in order to keep our bodies burning calories at a maximum level. The best way to do this is to incorporate 2 ½ hours of cardiovascular exercise and 2 days of strength training session into your routine every week. But, this doesn’t mean overdoing it either. Research has shown that when you exercise too much, it actually ends up being counterproductive.
Another way to increase metabolism and help you lose weight is to actually eat more, and more frequently. Our bodies tend to burn fat more effectively if they don’t think they need to hold onto the fat or energy for later use. This is exactly what happens when you skip meals – you are telling your body that it might starve, so it releases hormones into the bloodstream that affect your metabolism. “Starvation mode” goes along with the fight or flight response in the body, which essentially has the same effect that stress does on your body, causing you to have deviations in insulin and cortisol levels, that can prevent you from losing weight – no matter how hard you try.
One more difficulty that presents itself when you’re trying to lose weight after thirty is scheduling. Whether it’s your career, trying to make time in between taking care of the kids, or trying to find child care to make a little uninterrupted time for yourself, finding time for yourself is hard. This doesn’t mean just exercise either. Your weight loss plan should include a schedule so you don’t skip meals, or accidentally finish your kid’s meal before you dig in on your own. Plan your meals, plan your exercise, and set boundaries so that you don’t keep putting yourself last.
No matter what obstacles you face trying to lose weight after the age of thirty, it all comes down to three basics: exercise, proper diet, and scheduling. Keeping your stress levels at bay and keeping your metabolism moving at a fast pace is the best way to counter the effects aging has on your weight loss efforts, and all it takes is managing those three aspects (exercise, proper diet, and scheduling) of your life properly. Everything else will take care of itself on its own.
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