As a “seasoned” women, do you chafe at the trials of losing weight after menopause? It does become more difficult for many, because the rate of women’s metabolism after 50 apparently decreases by roughly 5 percent each decade. This, in addition to other "stuff" you may have to deal with. It hardly seems fair, does it?
Fair or not, though, if losing weight after menopause is your goal, you may need to make some changes. But you can make those a step at a time. No need for giant sacrifices nor for prolonged and arduous physical effort: you can ease into all of this, instead.
For shedding this particular menopausal "baggage," three promising steps
come to mind: monitoring your overall caloric intake, adding more
vegetables and a few fruits to your diet (this is a big one), and finding ways to eat a bit less. Let's look
A positive first step would be to establish the approximate number of
calories you need to maintain your present weight. Yes, I know you want
to lose weight, not simply maintain it, but humor me. To find your own calorie, requirement, just click on this link: losing weight after menopause.
After keying in your height, present weight, and level of activity, you’ll have your personal baseline. From that number, deduct 500 calories. If you ax those each day, you can possibly lose one pound a week. Doesn't sound like much, but even a modest (and fairly painless) pound a week adds up to 52 pounds a year. And that ain't too shabby.
How to do it? One way is to not ingest "the 500" in the first place (see counting calories to lose weight). You can also burn some with physical activity or perhaps a combination of both. Just for kicks, you might even check out the vinegar tactic, although please be cautious with that one. In time, you'll discover what works best for you.
Another step? Add more vegetables to your diet. Although they require
some preparation even for eating raw, veggies are one of the best foods
around for losing weight. Fiber, vitamins, generally fewer calories:
what’s not to like?
Plus, by filling you up quickly, they can help you eliminate extra calories. So, fruits and veggies aren't just for rabbits...if such a thought happens to be a holdover from your childhood.
Right, easier said than done, but here are a few ways you might be able
to trick your body into going along with this particular step:
Use Smaller Plates
If you serve your meals on smaller plates, you’ll be less able and even perhaps less inclined to give yourself larger portions than you really need. Even if it sounds just too simple, maybe absurdly so, why not give it a shot? It sometimes works pretty well.
When You're Full, Stop Eating
If, despite smaller plates, you find yourself with more food than you want or need, Do Not “clean up your plate.” Uh-huh, I know how difficult such a course may be for you. Perhaps you've even been guilted about food somewhat—possibly stemming from your parents’ or grandparents’ experiences during the Depression and/or WWII-related rationing, or simply from knowing that too many people go without.
Thus, you may find it almost impossible to "waste" food. Still, one of the secrets of losing weight after menopause is to behave (with food) in a way that your parents/grandparents and even you yourself might consider wasteful. But remember that you can store that food as leftovers for the next day or for a tasty soup in a day or two.
Deduct a Bite
Here's another trick. From your new smaller plate, try removing a single bite-size bit of food. Toss it, give it to the pooch, save it for the aforementioned soup—whatever it takes to keep that bite out of your mouth. After all, we’re talking just one bite here, which isn't really such a sacrifice. Then, maybe work up to another bite or even another; if you don’t dwell upon them, you may not even miss those bites.
See how these little steps work? With very little deprivation, they ease a lot of calories out of your diet. If you then add in some moderate exercise, you'll be on your way. Another win for the turtle!