Most women find that as they age, it becomes more difficult to control their weight because they now carry a slow metabolism . Diets that worked in the past become less and less effective.

Things you need to know about diet

Contrary to most weight loss advice dictated by a particular regimen or diet, women over 40 have to approach fat burning and weight reduction differently . So if you are over 40 and want to shed a few pounds, here are 8 things you need to know to lose weight.

1. Exercise is not enough

Exercise is a must for your health and well-being. But women over 40 can’t just rely on him for weight loss. If you’re exercising regularly and still aren’t losing weight, it’s because you have to pay more attention to what you’re eating.

2. You can’t lose weight as fast as when you were 25

If you are 55 years old and you are trying to lose weight and you expect it to happen at the same rate as when you were 25, you are looking for trouble. Unrealistic expectations mean that even when you are making good progress on your diet , you will feel frustrated at the rate of your progress. This can often lead to questioning your approach, and eventually giving up (which is what most people do).

3 . You can’t resort to quick fixes … and that’s good

This is the main reason why women over 40 have a weight loss advantage. (Yes, it is true, an advantage) You might think that it is a bad thing that you can no longer lose 5 kilos in a week. But what this means is that you have to focus on making long-term changes, which is the cornerstone of successful weight loss.

Not only can you not trust quick fixes, but you really can’t trust dieting anymore, either. I see clients saying things like “I never want to be on a diet anymore!” This makes them much more focused on long-term change rather than a quick fix. Again, that’s a good thing!

4. Failure does not make you a failure

In most areas of life, one failure is enough to keep people from trying again. Not so with weight loss. Most women in their 40s have a long list of diet failures behind them. Women are always impressed who – despite 20 or 30 years of not being able to lose weight , are still willing to give it another try.

The problem arises when you start to think that since it hasn’t happened until now, it’s never going to happen. But the fact is, most people who have finally succeeded in losing weight have a history of diet failures. It is certainly not a barrier to getting what you want.

5. The best way to lose weight is to change your eating habits

Most of the people, even if they are given the best meal plan in the world, it is difficult to stick to it. Why? Because our eating habits are ingrained, and simply being told what to eat is not enough to reverse years of conditioning.

So you shouldn’t be hard on yourself for not being able to stick to a plan. Instead, you need to get a better understanding of what your eating habits are (by keeping a food diary) and how you can change them.

6. Make small changes to your diet

How do you make it more likely that you will stick with something in the long run? Not completely reviewing your current diet. Just make small adjustments. For example:

  1. Take control of your food environment , by removing unnecessarily tempting foods from your line of sight (on your desk at work or your kitchen workbench).
  2. Focus on being more mindful when you’re eating , eat slower, really enjoy your food, and connect with what your body wants.
  3. Share food with others (especially snacks and desserts) to minimize calories while still enjoying the foods you like.

There are many different areas of your diet that you can change. The idea is to ” push ” your behavior in the right direction. But remember: the best changes are small that are hardly noticeable.

7. The sooner you act, the better

While it is possible to successfully lose weight at any age, there is no denying that you will have a lighter and smoother ride the sooner you start. So start now.

8. Your best friend is persistence.

You can be successful in losing weight , but it means that you will have to be persistent. Things don’t always go well. There will be weight gains and reversals. But that’s okay. Just keep focused on your goal, keep making small changes, and move on. This is the key to your success.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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