You may be interested in knowing how you’ll look, not just how you feel sporting a few extra pounds. While it’s normal to feel a tinge of anxiety as you step onto the scales, you need to know that your weight is perfectly normal. Here’s the lowdown on the “norms” of weight change as you get older.
Watching What You Eat
One of the first things you’ll notice about getting older is that you have to be a lot more careful about what you eat. This is especially important if you want to keep your weight. You’ll no longer be able to indulge in foods that pack on the pounds like fast food and sweets. You’ll have to set aside at least an hour to eat a main meal and avoid snacks that could put on more weight. This doesn’t mean that food is evil and you need to deprive yourself. Instead, it’s about being smart about what you eat and how you eat it. Keep a food diary for a few days to pinpoint what ingredients you need to avoid and what foods work well for you. If you follow a healthy diet, you’ll soon start to see the benefits in terms of your weight. Plus, you’ll feel happier and more satisfied with what you eat, which will help you maintain an even weight.
Weight Loss As A Natural Phenomenon
Another thing that’ll catch you off guard is how much weight you lose as you get older. It isn’t simply that you’ll weigh less than you did as a young adult. Rather, you’ll generally lose a percentage of your total weight that’s more than you’d expect after decades of living. This is known as weight loss resistance and it can hit anyone who reaches a certain age. If you want to know the root cause of your weight loss, you need to look no further. It’s your body’s natural reaction to the ever-increasing amounts of stress and anxiety that come with getting older. This is also why it’s important to be careful about what you eat. When you consume foods that are high in sugar and starch, your body releases cortisol, the ‘stress hormone’. Your cortisol level rises, prompting you to eat more and more to make up for the calories that you’re burning. It’s a vicious cycle that, at least in theory, causes weight gain. When you cut back on the carbohydrate intake and start eating healthier food, your body will start to react by reducing the pounds that you’re carrying. It’s a simple theory but it works like a charm. If you want to get rid of that extra weight and feel better about yourself, it’s imperative that you cut back on the bad food and load up on the good. If your aim is to simply live a healthier life, reduce your stress level and regain a better night’s sleep, then cutting back on the bad food is all you need. As you get older, your body requires more care and attention than at any other time in your life. This is why it’s important to be mindful about the food you eat and how you eat it. Be moderate and take the time to enjoy life how you want to. If you follow this advice, you’ll be setting yourself up for a healthier, happier, and more satisfying future. Your body is capable of so much more as you get older, and you have to give it the right motivation to keep it in good shape.
Another thing you’ll notice as you get older is that you tend to become less active. Exercise is important for just about everyone, but it’s especially beneficial to those who want to maintain a healthy weight. The main reason behind this is that exercise makes you feel full and satisfied after eating. This helps control the amount of food that you consume and, as a result, keeps you at a healthy and even weight. If you want to get back on track with your exercise, start small. Even a short walk will do. In terms of how you exercise, it’s important to do what feels right for you. If you enjoy biking or going to the movies, then by all means, indulge yourself. However, if you feel that yoga or tumbling classes are more your speed, go for those instead. Find a class that works well with your schedule and stick with it. You’ll soon start to see the benefits of working out and you’ll enjoy the time that you spend doing so. Remember to stay active, as a lack of movement is as bad for your health as obesity is. A healthy lifestyle requires some effort, but it’s definitely worth it. Maintaining a healthy weight and getting some exercise is easier said than done, but it’s certainly achievable with a little bit of motivation. Make a conscious effort to stay active and you’ll soon start to see the benefits for yourself.
Changes In The Bedroom
Once you reach a certain age, you’ll start to notice changes in your bedroom. It seems that, at least in theory, your body is producing fewer eggs and sperm. This makes it harder for you to have children and, if you already don’t, it limits the number of times that you can have intercourse. If you want to have sex with someone and feel like you can’measure up’, it’s important to make sure that your partner is of a similar size. It’s not fair to expect that either one of you will be able to give the other a super performance just because you’re both a little on the thin side. Being intimate with a smaller person feels more like a strain than a joy. This is why it’s important to make sure that both of you are comfortable before you start having sex. If either one of you is not, it’ll be obvious from the very start and it may ruin the mood for both of you. There are also changes to your bladder that make it more difficult to urinate. This causes you to retain more fluids and, if you’re a heavy drinker, you’ll quickly start to see the effects in terms of water retention and bloating. If you want to be comfortable in your own bed, reduce the amount of beers that you drink and watch what you eat. It’s also important to get plenty of sleep and make sure that your bedroom is comfortable and relaxing. Try for at least seven to eight hours of sleep per night and make sure that your bed is big and soft. You’ll soon start to see the difference and enjoy a more peaceful night’s sleep.
While getting older isn’t easy, it’s certainly not as hard as you think it is. You simply have to make a few adjustments to fit the new you. This means cutting back on the foods that you know aren’t good for you and getting plenty of sleep. If you want to lose weight and feel better about yourself, it’s important that you set some time aside and dedicate yourself to your new healthy lifestyle. You’ll soon start to see the results and feel happier and more fulfilled than you ever have before. Making the right changes won’t be easy but it’ll certainly be worth it in the end. You may even surprise yourself at how well you do. It’s never easy to lose weight but, with some time off and a bit of motivation, it’s certainly achievable. You’ll feel better and you’ll enjoy the time that you spend doing so. Give it a try and see how easy and worthwhile it can be. You may end up falling in love with your new, healthier you.