Ever since I turned 50 I have struggled to lose weight. I’ve never had this problem before in my younger years I was able to drop the weight quite quickly that I put on. This was because I guess my metabolism was a lot faster, and I was probably a lot more active than I am now.
It doesn’t actually help that I’m going through the menopausal stages. Boy are these hot flashes taken their toll on my body 😆
So I’ve been trying all sorts of diets, low-fat, low carbs, high fat, high protein just trying to find one that works with my menopausal body.
So seven days ago I embarked on a new type of diet one which personalises my macros and I can eat anything I want as long as they fit inside those macros. Right now I’m loving it, but I’m sure it’s calculating my calories is far too high because there is no way I’m able to eat all those calories I feel really fat 🤪
But the evidence is clear after seven days 3.6lbs down, my skin looks a lot healthier, I don’t have as much bloatedness which was a big issue for me, my bowels seem to be a lot more regular, and I don’t have as much brain fog and not as tired as I was before.
Of course there are a few lifestyle changes I made along with my diet. Going to keep on this for the next seven days and let you know how I’m doing.
If you have tried different things for the menopause let me know what’s working for you.
If you are looking for feedback, tips and advice on how to lose weight fast, sorry to have disappoint you. Here’s the thing…
Most of the people I have spoken to would love to drop a14lbs or 6kg in a month, or a dress size in a couple of weeks. The harsh reality is that will not happen in such a short time span if your mindset and expectations are not set correctly.
Let’s get real, how many restuarant meals, or take outs did it take for you to get into your current state of being? How long in a period of time do you imagine you put these pounds on? When was the last time you worked up a sweat? When you get into a mood is the first thing you reach for food?
Then there is the realisation period….
You know, that moment when the dress you normally wear feels too tight, wont zip up, rides up, is too tight across the bust, bulges are showing in all the wrong places.
Then the frustration of going on a crash diet, only for the diet to end up in a crash where no pounds are lost and more frustration as you gain weight instead of losing it.
Losing weight should be seen as part of daily living, when you make a decision to eat healthy and have a more energetic and mindful lifestyle.
You see, if you do not learn how to eat healthy, what healthy options to choose, what unhealthy foods to swap out or remove from your current way of eating, then you will struggle with achieving your weightloss goals.
Albert Einstein says ‘You cannot solve a problem with the same thinking that created it’
Similarly you cannot lose weight with the same foods that helped you put the weight on….
So where do you begin?
Start with looking honestly at your food groups.
Are you eating enough fruits, vegetables?
Are you getting enough fibre?
Are you eating healthy fats?
Drinking enough water – soda and fizzy drinks and juices do not count.
Knowing what your metabolic base rate is will also help you to know how much exercise and calories you need to eat and expell on a daily basis.
Your MBR or Metabolic Base Rate is the number of calories your body needs to function on a day to day basis. Your body needs energy to pump blood to the heart, to digest food, to move and so on.
Putting an exercise regime in place for a minimum of 3 days a week of 45 minutes will also help to improve circulation, mental wellbeing, physical wellbeing and more importantly burn fat.
Inches are more important than the scales when it comes to weightloss. Looking and feeling good in your clothes is a major confidence booster. The scales are secondary. My advice is whilst it is important to know where you are starting from on the scales, measuring yourself every other week is far more productive and encouraging that jumping on the scales and finding you have put on pounds instead of losing them.
If you are on the right diet, you will gain muscle at the same time as losing fat. Lean muscle burns fat and is much heavier an
Knowing how many calories to eat on a daily basis is a good start to helping you to reduce your weight in a healthy way. Click here for a great calorie counter that also explains how it should be used.
There are many healthy eating meal plans and sites available online, find one that suites your taste buds. Just google it.
I hope this has reset your expectations and will help put you on track to losing weight the healthy way. If weight is lost over time, it is less likely to return in abundance. Where you lose weight quickly, there is more likelyhood for you to gain weight and some! Why? because you did not learn how to eat healthy, exercise and sustain that way of living.
Remember if you approach your weightloss as a lifestyle change, it should be seen as a more permanent, ongoing way of life, rather than a temporary fix for an event, or occassion.
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