Does it seem like the scale is moving in the wrong direction?
Well, it’s not your imagination. The truth is, it does get more challenging to lose weight and keep it off as you age. When you try to lose weight, you’re fighting not only your cravings, but also your own body.
Weight loss decreases the hormone leptin, which signals to your brain that you’re full, and increases the hormone ghrelin, which stimulates hunger. This hormone imbalance continues long after you succeed at weight loss, making it even harder for you to keep the pounds off.
Plus, if you cut too many calories too quickly, your metabolism will slow down. Muscle is really the engine of metabolism. The more muscle you have, the more you’ll be able to manage your weight and develop and maintain the body composition that you desire.
Starving yourself or eating too little will make you more likely to rebound and go in the opposite direction by overeating because you were restricting yourself for so long.
- Start moving your body with a focus on doing what you enjoy
- Decrease empty calories and replace them with healthy protein and fiber
- Drink plenty of water — between a half ounce and an ounce of water for every pound you weigh
- Get plenty of sleep – sleep deprivation can hinder weight loss
- Incorporate strength training at least 2 times per week
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