Sunday, May 23, 2021

Can't Seem To Lose Weight After 30? Here's What to Do

For many people, age is directly proportional to how difficult it is to lose weight. This means that as you get older, it may be harder to lose weight, especially around the areas of your body that tend to store the most fat. 

If this is the plight that you've been dealing with for years; don't worry, a lot of men and women are in the same boat. Although it may be more challenging to lose weight in your 30s, weight loss is possible at any age.

Here are some weight loss tips that you may have yet to try:

Stop dieting

The word 'diet' is supposed to pertain to your usual intake of food, but today, most people use it to refer to patterns of eating that are outside of your normal routine. These 'diets' often involve disproportionate percentages of macronutrients (carbohydrates, fat, protein) or the complete avoidance of one or the other. An example of this is the keto diet or low-carb diet, wherein there is a high percentage of fat compared to carbohydrates to encourage weight loss through ketosis.

Although a diet may provide noticeable improvements, it is rarely sustainable and is oftentimes harmful. For example, a keto diet may help you lose a significant amount of weight at first, but you are essentially increasing your risk of heart disease due to your increased fat intake. Moreover, there is a reason why science says that we must eat more carbohydrates than protein and fat-and that is because our bodies function the best with that kind of macronutrient proportions. So, over time, you may no longer be able to sustain your keto diet and will have to go back to regular eating, which will likely make you gain the weight back.

Consider contouring

Body contouring can help you achieve the body shape you want without having to go under the knife. It is also a great option for people who are having trouble obtaining their target figure with diet and exercise alone. There is no shame in getting extra help, especially at this age where our bodies tend to hold onto fat more stubbornly.

Seek help from a dietitian

A dietitian or nutritionist can help you determine the right amount of calories and macronutrients that you need to eat in order to lose or maintain a healthy weight. Consulting with one can help you finally get to the bottom of your diet problems, which are likely the reason why you're not losing weight as effectively as you want.

Pay more attention to what you eat

As you get older, you need fewer and fewer nutrients to sustain your bodily functions. This means that at 30, you shouldn't be eating as much as you did when you were younger unless you have a lighting fast metabolism.

That said, it's high time to start paying more attention to what you eat. Keep your portions at the right amount and follow your dietitian's advice as closely as possible. While it's okay to indulge once in a while, it's not a great idea to give in to every craving that you have, especially if it's food that is high in calories, salt, fat, and sugar.

Reduce your alcohol intake

Every gram of alcohol contains approximately nine calories, which is almost as much as every gram of fat. If you still drink as you did in college, then you may find it more difficult to keep the excess weight off. And more importantly, you are increasing your risk for all sorts of diseases if you drink too much and too regularly, especially at this age.

Just like with food, moderating your alcohol intake is especially important. For women, the recommended maximum limit is at one drink a day. For men, it's up to two drinks a day. But, of course, the best number of drinks per day is zero, especially if you have a predisposition to alcohol-related diseases.

Hire a personal trainer

Similar to planning your diet, you may need extra help when it comes to exercise. When you were younger, you may have been able to lose weight just by doing any exercise you can think of, but it's a different story when you hit your late 20s or early 30s. In that case, hire a personal trainer that can help you find the right routine to get rid of stubborn body fat.

It may be challenging to lose weight when you're older, but it's definitely not impossible. If you're having trouble shedding off the extra pounds, these tips may do just the trick.


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