When we get to a “certain age”, most of us tend to complain about midlife problems such as weight gain, a change in body shape and fat accumulating in places we don’t want it.
Many of these midlife issues stem from changes in our hormones, and it’s easy to sit back and blame “our hormones” for any and all of our health and weight concerns.
But let’s look at this a bit more closely.
In today’s Weight Loss Wednesdays we share 5 ways to help with weight control in midlife.
Our 5 tips are:
1. Maintain blood sugar levels [4.47]
2. Check metabolic stressors [7.18]
3. Exercise for muscle mass [8.33]
4. Get your thyroid checked [10.45]
5. Focus on portion size [12.09]
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How often have you said to yourself, “I just can’t get away with drinking so much/overeating/late nights/not exercising anymore” since you hit 40 years and above?
The truth is, all of those things that you did in your 20s and 30s catch-up with you by the time you’re in midlife.
So although changes in hormones around midlife definitely have an impact on your body and weight, you also need to be honest with yourself and reflect on how well you’ve treated your body for the last couple of decades.
If it’s been prone to a bit of neglect in the form of yo-yo diets, skipping meals, lack of sleep, hangovers and the like then it’s not just your midlife hormones that have caused weight control problems. It’s what’s been happening for the last 20 years or so.
Before you dive into despair at the thought that you’ve left it too late, there is good news.
As you probably know, we have both put our bodies through the ringer in the form of eating disorders (me) and obesity (Donna), but through self-care for the last 15 years we are now entering menopause in the best health of our lives.
Do you have any more tips yourself? Any topics you’d like us to cover in future Weight Loss Wednesdays? Leave a comment below!