8 Biggest Diet Mistakes For Women Over 50
There are so many reasons why being 50 is the prime of your life. You’re looking at retirement in the too far off future, your family is almost grown, you have a healthy work-life balance, or all of the above. You’ve got things figured out and are enjoying the benefits.
At any age, maintaining a good physique and healthy lifestyle is extremely important. It not only makes you look good on the outside, but it also keeps you feeling right on the inside. When you reach the big 5-0, however, it gets a bit more difficult to maintain the right weight. Due to the muscle and bone loss that comes with aging, your metabolism starts slowing down and can in turn result to a build of stored fat in your body.
I have had many clients turn to fad diets and extreme workouts to help solve the problem. So I’ve summed up a list of the top 8 practices you need to stop to help you get to the body you want.
You Weigh Yourself On A Regular Basis
We are all obsessed with maintaining our physique and believe the scale is the best teller for this. However, because after 50 (if not before) you begin to lose bone and muscle mass which can make it look like you weight the same. But you will find your clothes not fitting properly in not too long.
Instead of relying on the scale as a means of measuring your weight gain or loss, choose a pair of jeans and a nicely fitted top. By regularly trying them on you can see how they look and feel. That should be a better basis to tell you which parts you need to work focus on.Instead of relying on the scale as a means of measuring your weight gain or loss, choose a pair of jeans and a nicely fitted top. Click To Tweet
You Don’t Eat Breakfast
This is one of the worst diet practice ever. Stand back intermittent fasters!!! Many believe skipping the most important meal of the day will make the weight loss easier. What many don’t know is this habit actually slows down the metabolism a great deal because it has nothing to digest early on therefore keeping it asleep. The hunger you feel from not having anything for breakfast also causes you to over-indulge on your next meal.It is a slippery slope.
As reach 50, you will need a good deal of protein on all your meals. Even having healthy protein shake for breakfast would be the best in providing for your nutritional needs and will promote healthy metabolism.
Here we go.
When we do not give our bodies enough nutrition, it immediately stores up the fat we take in for emergency situations. Our fat build up goes higher and so does our weight. See The #1 Biggest Mistake Women Make
For us to keep our body satisfied, we need to feed it every 4-5 hours – that means 4-5 meals a day as well. 3 full meals plus 1 or 2 smaller snacks would be smart. Plan healthy meals ahead of time and eat regularly to support a good diet.
One Big Meal Per Day
Many have tried this, and it may work short-term, but what happens when you go back to your old eating habits? Most of my clients that have tried the intermittent fasting bandwagon, have gained all the weight back and more when going back to their regular habits.
Eating only one full meal a day is not the right option. It does not provide your body with all its nutritional needs and you feel the hunger pangs more often than you should in a day.
Sodas, cookies, protein bars, and other supposed diet food available in the market – there’s too much of them to choose from these days. Most of them are as bad as the chocolate bar you are not having.Diet foods suck. Most of them are as bad as the chocolate bar you are not having. Click To Tweet
If these have become a regular part of your diet and you believe them to be good for you, you are wrong. Diet foods are often filled with sugar and provide the body with little to no nutrition. According to studies, when we reach our 50’s, our body becomes extremely sensitive to sugar and calories from them are stored up more often. If you’re needing a fix and your sweet tooth is calling, stick to fruits to satisfy it.
Alcohol And Your Diet
Alcohol travels to every organ in your body, including your brain, and hangs there for quite some time. Too much of it can do specific damage to each and every part. The calories alone, not to mention the sugar content will wreak havoc on your weight loss goals.
By the age of 50, I am betting you have a full day ahead of you dividing your time between work and home. Choosing the right food and beverages to make up your daily caloric need is important to keeping your energy up and even your weight down.
Cutting Out Whole Food Groups
Some food groups have a seriously bad reputation with weight watchers. Carbs, for one, are most of the time banned from the diet when seriously trying to get back in shape. However, the body needs carbs for energy and proper brain function.
If you’re wanting to lose weight, the best is to portion your food intake balanced. If you’ve noticed that your body reacts to carbs in a negative way, like me, take smaller portions and opt for the healthier versions.
Thinking You Can Just Work It Off
You don’t worry about the big weekend. You figure you can just up your workouts to make up for it. Well, when we were younger, it was possible to lose the weight and even the inches we needed to just through exercise. We ate what we wanted and then worked out to get rid of it. However, as we age, this is no longer an option. Because the metabolism starts slowing down, you need to have a balanced diet and a regular exercise program to stay fit and healthy. I have said it before, and it rings even truer now………………”You cannot our run your fork”
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