By Brandi Koskie and Matt Johnson - DietsInReview.com
As you've gotten older, have you found that what worked in your 20s for weight loss doesn't quite work in your 50s? As our bodies change with age, we experience new dietary and fitness challenges. It doesn't mean you can't lose weight, or that your healthy weight is bound to go up, it just means you have to adjust your regimen.
We've explored the different needs of those in their 20s through 70s and beyond, and introduce how you can still lose or maintain weight at each changing decade of your life.
How to Lose Weight at 20
During your 20s, you want to establish positive habits that can carry you through a long, healthy life. Stay active, eat right and follow these tips to ensure you're doing all you can to maintain a healthy weight, or lose a few extra college pounds.
- Focus on cardio and weight training
- Get adequate sleep
- Drink plenty of water
How to Lose Weight at 30
The 30s are tough due to the fact that your kids and job probably rule your life, and it is hard to find time for yourself, let alone time to exercise. Some of the tips that may help you with this goal are:
- Get a gym membership if you can, and push yourself to try new exercises.
- Set short-term and long-term goals for yourself.
- Allow yourself to cheat a little on your diet.
Staying active and maintaining a nutritious style of eating will ensure your 40s are some of your best and healthiest years yet.
- Start a routine by devoting specific days and times to your workout.
- Start slowly and gradually progress to longer, harder workouts.
- Find a healthy diet designed so that you can follow it for life.
You are half-way to 100 and could be in the best shape of your life! Exercising and eating right are the two main ingredients for a healthy body. Here are some key guidelines to follow during your 50s:
- Avoid sugary, salty, fatty, carb-loaded foods and focus on those rich in nutrients that benefit your body.
- Make the most out of each workout. You should leave each session dripping with sweat and at least somewhat exhausted.
- If you have questions about the portion sizes you've eaten all these years, look to the Food Guide Pyramid as a guide.
Sixty down and many more to go! Diet and exercise continue to be important factors in these efforts. Limit fat consumption, mind your portion sizes, and try lower-intensity workouts like yoga and pilates, which are just as rewarding. As people age they convince themselves they don't need to, or they can't, exercise. Here are motivating reasons to keep moving:
- Decrease risk factors for many health problems.
- Improve the quality of your sleep and enjoy more energy.
- Increase overall balance, stability and awareness.
Basically, any slight, positive changes that you make will enhance the weight loss process. Changing your diet or just being more active throughout the day will help. The benefits of continuing a balanced diet and living an active lifestyle for as many years as you can are plenty, and influence all aspects of your health. Tips that you can use to slow the aging process include:
- Keep a food log, this holds you accountable and helps track the amount of calories you intake.
It's a must to stay active throughout the day, as his helps keep up your heart rate and metabolism.
Don't overlook the importance of even mild weight training to strengthen bones, improve balance and coordination and prevent injury and illness.