This is how far I’ve come in my journey so far…..
Even though the pictures are from different distances and angles, you can see a difference! I’ve got a long ways to go, but, I’m keeping my nose to the grindstone. Yes, seeing my belly not making progress much is a little frustrating; but, patience and hard work will be the order of the day. I have my days where I’m discouraged; but, I look at how far I’ve come since I started on July 1st, and I ask, “Why give up?” The answer is, “I’m not!”
Which leads me to today’s post, “Losing weight as you get older is HARD!” I’ll pass along some research that I’ve read.
I have heard in the past that the older you get, the harder it is to get rid of weight. It is NOT a myth! It is true! So, now that we’ve got that out of the way, the $64,000 question is: Why is it more difficult?
- Sleep deprivation. The majority of us are still taking care of young children, holding a job (or 2), while trying to maintain a household. The rule of thumb for weight loss is 8 hours. I’m just as guilty as the next person that I don’t get enough sleep. Still working on that! I think we all owe it to ourselves to work towards that, if possible. You may not lose weight, but you could GAIN weight from lack of sleep. If you’re sleep deprived, your metabolism runs the risk of being thrown out of whack and it will slow down. Try to get more sleep!
- Our metabolism, much like the old gray mare, ain’t what it used to be. It just happens. Getting older sounds more like a buzzkill now, doesn’t it? Try reducing your daily intake of calories by 100-150 calories. Over a period of a year, that could add up to 10-15 pounds lost.
- HORMONES! Yup! Go ahead and blame them bad-boys! As we get older (over 40), our estrogen levels decline, which affects your blood sugar and thyroid. This will cause you to become more hungry. Take that, and add declining muscle mass, through natural process, and low testosterone, You’ve got a prescription for weight gain. There’s really no way to counter low hormone levels, so, kick up your metabolism! Say goodbye to junk food, and say hello to empty, high fiber foods, like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans.
- Loss of muscle mass. As covered in my recent post about which weighs more: muscle or fat, I stated that muscle burns more calories than fat. Up to three times more. Fight the loss by doing strength training. The more muscle you gain, the more your metabolism will increase, and therefore, say it with me, The more weight you’ll lose! Besides having that beach bod for when the midlife crisis occurs, strength training will help to prevent osteoporosis.
- Stress. It’s difficult to maintain a household, a career and all that goes with them. I’ve found that I can reduce my stress, even if it’s temporary, by pounding weights. It works for me!
If we can work on all of these things I listed, I’m sure we’ll make gains in the weight loss journey. Talking to like-minded individuals of the same age or older who’ve had success can be a good idea. Facebook has fitness groups for people over 40. I’m in a group, appropriately called “Over 40 Fitness”. That’s where I found my coach, as well as networking with other people who were in the same boat. They’re very encouraging and are quick to lend advice on weight loss, weight lifting programs and food choices. I’m glad I found them, because I felt that I needed a group that were like me, over 40 and wanting to be fit!