Archive for March, 2010
“Any tips for a 40 year old woman that can’t lose weight?”This is a typical question I get often. Most women over 40 have been on at least 5 diets- and nothing has worked in the long run. One of the biggest challenges is to take the changes in the hormone system into account. If you are a 40 year old women, your metabolism is working much slower compared to a 20 year old. Given the time constraints of middle-aged women you probably won’t be able to make up for this by increasing your exercise time. Here are a couple of tips which will help a 40 year old woman to lose weight permanently: First, you need to be clear what your motivation is and keep that motivation always on top of your mind. Write it down and post it around the house so you see it several times a day- especially everywhere you store food. Second, get your hormone system going as best as you can. You need to look for healthy nutrition and stress management. Your hormone system cannot function properly if it doesn’t get the right nutrients, and stress will challenge your hormonal balance as well. Third you need to understand that your body demands more calories than you can allow yourself to consume. This means: You need to handle having a slight feeling of hunger most of the time. The easiest way to address this situation is eating 5-6 small meals per day, so you always feel full. Being emotionally well-balanced helps too- you might need to learn some stress-releasing techniques. Last, being physically active will not only get your hormones up, it will energize you too. Many 40 year old women have little to no time for exercising. But, if you can integrate working out at least 30 minutes 3 times a week you will feel better and increase your chances to lose weight permanently greatly. Many 40 year old women have a hard time losing weight. My program targets this specific situation:
The Positive Weight Loss Approach
Once you have made up your mind to lose weight, you should make that commitment and go into it with a positive attitude. We all know that losing weight can be quite a challenge. In fact, for some, it can be downright tough. It takes time, practice and support to change lifetime habits. But it’s a process you must learn in order to succeed. It is said that if you do something for 21 days it will become a habit. You and you alone are the one who has the power to lose unwanted pounds.
Think Like a Winner
Think like a winner, and not a loser – remember that emotions are like muscles and the ones you use most grow the strongest. If you always look at the negative side of things, you’ll become a downbeat, pessimistic person. Even slightly negative thoughts have a greater impact on you and last longer than powerful positive thoughts.
Negative thinking doesn’t do you any good, it just holds you back from accomplishing the things you want to do. When a negative thought creeps into your mind, replace it reminding yourself that you’re somebody, you have self-worth and you possess unique strengths and talents.
Contemplate what lies ahead of you. Losing weight is not just about diets. It’s about a whole new you and the possibility of creating a new life for yourself. Investigate the weight loss programs that appeal to you and that you feel will teach you the behavioral skills you need to stick with throughout the weight-loss process.
First you should look for support among your personal trainer, family and friends. It can be an enormous help to discuss obstacles and share skills and tactics with others on the same path. You might look for this support from others you know who are in weight loss programs and you can seek guidance from someone you know who has lost weight and kept it off.
Learning New Skills
Diets and weight loss programs are more flexible now than they once were and there are many prepared foods already portioned out. They are made attractive and can be prepared in a matter of minutes. Low-fat and low-calorie foods are on shelves everywhere.
You will probably need to learn new, wiser eating skills. You will want a weight loss regimen that gives you some control, rather than imposing one rigid system. Look for one that offers a variety of different eating plans, so you can choose the one that’s best for you.
Keep in mind, too, that your weight loss program will most likely include some physical exercises. Look at the exercising aspect of your program as fun and recreation and not as a form of grueling and sweaty work. The fact is that physical fitness is linked inseparable to all personal effectiveness in every field. Anyone willing to take the few simple steps that lie between them and fitness will shortly begin to feel better, and the improvement will reflect itself in every facet of their existence. There are success stories across the country today on television and in newspapers, magazines and tabloids about people who have miraculously lost untold pounds and kept it off. In all instances they say their mental attitude as well as their outlook on life has totally changed.