With New Year resolutions still hot off the press, there is a certain energy in the air. It happens every January. It’s exciting at first. Enthusiasm is high. People are motivated – and hopeful. And then… they’re not.
Have you been counting calories or points ever since you can remember and still struggle with losing weight after 50? In reality, being overweight has much less to do with calories than it has to do with food choices.
It’s that time of the year. Over the Holidays, people indulge on food like it’s their last meal while planning how, after New Year’s Day, they are going to start a new diet and lose weight.
You’re trying to lose weight, maybe for the third time. Or maybe it’s the 30th.
But you really want it to be the last time. You’d love to finally put the kibosh on this post-menopausal weight gain once and for all!
2018 is quickly coming to a close. As a holistic nutritionist I’m often asked: “What is the secret to lasting weight loss?” That’s a heavy question, no pun intended. Here are 10 things I’ve learned in the 20+ years I’ve been helping older women who want to lose weight:
If life was fair, losing weight after menopause would be just as easy as at any other stage in our lives. Unfortunately, life isn’t fair. When I was in my 20s, I could look at a pair of walking shoes and drop 5 pounds. Now, in my 60s, it feels like I could run a marathon and gain weight from the water that they served along the way.
I’ve always said that eating well is key to health and a healthy weight. But getting to the ‘eating well’ part isn’t just about the food. If it were, many of us would not be struggling with weight issues. This is even more true once you reach the 60s.
Pleasure is defined as “a feeling of happy satisfaction and enjoyment.”
When it comes to living well, what gives you pleasure? Is it feeling good, having energy, being connected to people and things you care about? I’m guessing these are the things that give most of us pleasure.
Most diet systems present one approach that is supposed to work for everyone. They recommend specific changes in foods to eat and the way to eat them, sometimes with extensive amounts of supplements, and often schedules and routines for exercise.
The ideal approach to losing weight and getting fit is based on positive preference rather than harsh self-denial. The key is to consciously choose to weigh less and be in better shape as a preference over the old habits of over-eating and avoiding exercise.