If you’re in the over-40 crowd, you probably know what it’s like to feel stuck in the weight loss process. As we age, our metabolism slows thanks to changing hormones. What we used to do to lose weight no longer works like it used to, causing progress to slow or stall out completely.
I know how frustrating it is because I’ve been there too. And it’s so tempting to seek out quick fixes to jump-start the weight loss.
There are more extreme diets and weight loss programs out there than I can count, and they rake in billions of dollars of our hard-earned money every year.
But here’s the thing: While some of these programs might work in the short-term, they rarely work for your long-term lifestyle. That means once you lose the weight, it’s going to come back. Think about it: If you can fix it overnight, you’re going to keep going back to the bad habits (because you’ll just fix it overnight again). The result is a yo-yo diet and never feeling yourself.
The real recipe to sustainable, healthy weight loss and long-term wellness is establishing healthy habits in your life and doing the hard work. And it’s going to be hard work.
Don’t Do it All at Once
Drastic changes don’t work to change your lifestyle. Rather, they end up making you feel deprived. It’s a good idea to limit sugars, alcohol and complex carbs, but it’s really tough to do this all at once. Instead, limit alcohol to one drink or only on the weekends and cut your grains and processed carbohydrates in half. Once you get used to this new normal, cut out the sugar and reduce your complex carbs further.
When you’re ready, try a plan like the Ultimate Reset to eliminate all the processed foods and truly reset your body and your gut. Learn more about my experience with this program and how I was able to kickstart my metabolism in 21 days.
I also think it’s important to not commit to a long program if you’re just getting started. It’s tempting, but when you miss a workout or two, it’s easy to feel like a failure. But the reality is that you might not have been ready for a regimented workout program yet.
Instead, take it slow. Start making healthier choices in what you do in your free time. Start parking further away in the parking lot, take the stairs, walk during your lunch break and take up a fun hobby like tennis or yoga. Once you’re used to moving more, then it might be time to add in a true workout program.
It’s Not All or Nothing
Since doing the Ultimate Reset, I’ve cleaned up my eating and stuck to the Morning Meltdown 100. I know that diet is what will get me to my goals fastest, but I’m not worried about sticking to it 100%. I’ve lived that way before, eating completely clean and not enjoying any treats at all. It’s not fun, and it’s not for me. I want to be able to go out to eat and not nit-pick what I order. I want to go to a party and have a drink or a piece of cake.
My goals are to tone up, lose body fat and gain muscle. I want to be strong, but I want my life to be a balance. I also want my kids to see what being healthy looks like, and that doesn’t mean taking it to the extreme. They’re seeing changes in me and complimenting me on them, but they’re also seeing me have a good balance.
If you’re struggling with making changes that help you feel more yourself while you’re losing the weight or toning up, I’d love to support you. It’s important to find someone to help hold you accountable, a community that’s supportive and helpful.
Let me know if I can help you on this journey. I’ve been there too!