Once I turned 50 I started to see the pounds add on, it was slow at first. I knew that many women gain weight around menopause, however I gained 25 pounds in four weeks. No, I wasn’t eating a gallon of ice cream a day! I hadn’t changed my diet or eating habits at all.
We didn’t know what was going on. I was also passing out after meals and having increased digestive issues. We later found out that it was due to a neurological condition. I won’t bore you with the details, but you can read more about my story here.
Obesity is such a growing problem here in the U.S. and worldwide. Whatever the reason for your weight gain, you may be finding yourself in the same situation. I have found some tips that have worked for me.
- Make sure you eat three meals and healthy snacks in between a day, starting the day off with a healthy breakfast. Do not let your body go into starvation mode! Your metabolism slows down to the point that you will not burn any calories or build muscle.
- When you are feeling hungry drink water. Dehydration often mimics the symptoms of hunger! Who knew?!
- Do you like to eat out? Ask for the take home box a.k.a doggy bag before the meal gets there. Let’s face it one portion could feed a family of four! I automatically split it in half and close the box! If it isn’t on my plate I won’t eat it!
- I love using apps, so when I started using MyFitnessPal I fell in love! Depending on how much weight you would like to lose you can set it up for your daily calorie intake. I was surprised to see that at times I was not even hitting 1000 calories a day, so my body went into starvation mode and I wasn’t losing any weight. You are able to track your exercise and water intake too!
- Choosing the right foods to help you lose the weight. In the Infographic below they have added some examples of healthier carbs with a lower glycemic index for you to choose from.
So far I have lost 25 pounds and I am no longer considered Obese! I have another 25 pounds to go and I will keep you updated! Please share what has worked for you! I am looking forward to hearing your tips!
Disclaimer: Due to my personal health condition I chose a weight loss plan that worked for my individual needs. Please consult a physician when trying to choose what plan is best for you.