Many of the ails of aging are related to weight. Those who feel the best and look the youngest usually are at a healthy weight. Extra pounds can cause diabetes, heart trouble, even macular degeneration. And weight gain usually leads to belly fat which is linked to even more health issues.
What Should You Do?
To get started, choose a diet that you can stick with. And don’t call it a diet. Make a lifestyle change. If you’ve read any of the nutrition tips on this website, you know how important fruits and vegetables are to anti-aging. Guess what – they are low in calories.
If you want to find a diet that is uncomplicated, count calories. When I started counting calories I realized that I could have a small piece of chocolate cake at the July 4th barbeque. I made it really small so I could have a taste, but it didn’t blow my calories for the day.
The healthiest weight loss is about 1-2 pounds a week. Also, don’t go below 1200 calories in a day. That’s too low.
If you exercise, you can eat a few more calories and still lose weight. But remember, most people think they are burning more calories than they really are. Use a tool like the free iPod app “Lose It” to monitor both calories eaten and the calories burned during exercise.
Try These Other Weight Loss Tips
- Eat more fruits and vegetables. This is a no brainer, but an important tip.
- Drink a glass of water before meals. This fills up your stomach and makes you feel full quicker. A broth soup does the same thing.
- Track what you eat on a regular basis – use a notebook, a lot like the Ultimate Diet Log or an iPod/iPhone application such as “Lose It” to keep track of what you eat.
- Know why you eat – Emotional eating or eating without thinking can sabotage the best of intentions no matter how many weight loss tips you use.
- Pack a lunch instead of eating out. If you must eat out – chose a salad. But choose wisely. Some salad dressing is loaded with calories.
- Watch the weekends. Some people eat more on the 2 day weekend than they do the entire 5 day work week. Be aware of what you eat on Saturday and Sunday.
If you feel that you need more help, a group based diet might be better for you. There are many on the market like Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, and others. If you like the idea of a group but don’t want to join one of these, enlist the help of a friend that is also serious about weight loss so you can encourage one another.
Stay away from fad diets. They’ll work because they are low in calories, but often, they are not healthy. Make good food choices and you’ll never have to “diet.” Instead, you’ll be eating healthy and losing weight at the same time.
If you have any weight loss tips that you’d like to share, stop by the Diet Forum and contribute. Let’s all strive to be a healthy weight and decrease those aging weight related pains.