Once upon a time, I didn’t have to worry about my weight. I didn’t have trouble keeping extra weight off or losing a bit here and there when the scales crept up a few pounds.
That all changed when I hit 30.
Staying in control of my body shape suddenly became harder. I couldn’t shift the weight that had crept up on me no matter how hard I tried. I hated the way I looked and going shopping for clothes was a nightmare.
By the time I reached 35, I still hadn’t managed to get back the swimsuit body I had when I was younger. Every fad diet had failed me and I was downright disheartened. I began to believe that getting fatter was an inescapable part of getting older. What a depressing outlook, huh?
What I Learned
Before throwing in the towel completely (and throwing out my skinny jeans), I made one last effort to find a solution to losing weight after 35.
I’m glad I didn’t give up because what I found was invaluable. And I’m going to share it with you!
It’s important to note that though your lifestyle may be partially responsible for your weight gain, this is not the whole story. There are so many factors that you have almost no control over that will cause you to gain weight cling to the pounds to have. Let’s discuss why it’s so hard to lose weight as you get older.
1. The #1 Reason Why Losing Weight Is Harder As We Age
The main reason for weight gain after 30 is a slowing metabolism. Your metabolism is the sum of all the chemical processes in your body and the energy needed to fuel them. A slower metabolism means that more food is stored as fat.
While this effect is perfectly natural, it’s obviously something we want to avoid if we want to stay slim. Luckily there are ways to keep your metabolism figuratively young.
One move that you can make to keep your metabolism revved up is to make sure you’re eating enough. It sounds counterintuitive, but eating too little can slow your metabolism. This causes more problems down the road, even if it results in short-term weight loss.
2. Poor Sleep Patterns Cause Weight Gain
I’ve heard it said that you can go without food or sleep, but not both. Lack of sleep and too much sleep can cause weight gain. Interestingly, lack of sleep tends to occur often in middle aged adults.
Proof that bad sleep habits can lead to weight gain is substantial, but scientists aren’t sure as to exactly why. There are a couple of theories. One is that lack of sleep affects the hormones that control appetite and metabolism. Another hypothesis is that fatigue leads to less physical activity and therefore less fat burning.
It follows that you’ll improve your chances of successful weight loss by getting the right amount of sleep.
3. Women Over 30 Don’t Have Enough “Me Time”
If you’re anything like the average 30-something woman, you probably barely have time to catch a morning snack at all, let alone plan for a healthy, well rounded breakfast and a workout to go with it!
Women are far more likely than men to cite lack of time as the main reason they are unable to focus on their health.
Think of it this way: if you don’t spend time now to keep your body healthy, you’ll end up spend it at the doctor’s office down the road instead.
Ladies, we’ve got to make time to take care of ourselves, other obligations be darned. You can’t pour from an empty cup, as they say.
Plus, it doesn’t have to take up a ton of time! There are workout plans like the one I used that can help you get on the path to losing weight and feeling great without wasting time. Diet and exercise don’t have to consume your life to produce results.
Final Thoughts on Weight Loss Over 30
The cards may be stacked against us women over 30 when it comes to losing weight and staying in shape, but it doesn’t have to be your reality! There are so many resources nowadays to help you find the best plan for your lifestyle, there’s really no excuse!