Have you ever noticed how most people you know tend to put on weight over the years? Weight gain has a way of sneaking up on us, and with it comes a whole host of potential health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. But what if I told you that there is a simple solution. I was very concerned about putting on weight especially as I approached the menopausal years. And weight gain can easily have a snow ball effect that over times picks up momentum and makes it harder than ever to reverse and halt the process. However these three steps will help you prevent unwanted pounds as you age and have allowed me to stay at the same weight for the last 40 years
- Focus On Awareness-Lack of awareness is one of the biggest culprits to weight gain. Most people tend to put on weight gradually over time. However, 5 to 10 pounds a year can add up quickly and make it difficult to take off. Make a point to practice awareness by becoming more aware of how your clothes fit when you dress each morning. Increased awareness such as noticing the waistline on your pants feeling a little more snug can help you take the necessary steps to prevent extra pounds from adding up over time. Also, it’s important to step on the scale at least once or twice a month. Once you see the scale creeping up one or two pounds, you can quickly scale back on your serving sizes and/or increase you daily activity level.
- Education– Educate yourself about nutrition- Once you realize the importance of what you put in your mouth on a daily basis, you’ll be more likely to make healthier food choices. Fresh fruits, vegetables and daily salads will help fill you up and make it less likely for you to binge on poor food choices
- Stay Active– Make a point to stay active as you age. Walking is one of the best forms of exercise; it requires no equipment and it’s easy on the joints. As we get older, our metabolism wanes and we have a tendency to become less active. Daily exercise will help preserve lean muscle and boost metabolism to help prevent weight gain over the years. It’s important to make a point to move your body each and every day. Also, consider trying new activities to work your muscles differently, stimulate the metabolism and your brain at the same time.