There are many articles written about the disadvantages women have over 50 when it comes to losing belly fat. While it is true that natural shifts in hormone production make your body more likely to deposit fat in your midsection. The mature woman over 50 has some advantages that make her more likely to finally succeed at fat loss. Because of these advantages making a few little tweaks to her diet can make a big difference to her weight.
As a woman over 50 you have come to understand what works best for you concerning diet. You are also more willing to evaluate weight loss methods and abandon the "miracle diet" for a more intelligent approach to reaching your goal. These traits add up to true advantages and will help you reach your goal of a slimmer waistline.
If you are a woman over 50 who wants to burn belly fat, try these little tweaks for two weeks and notice the difference.
1. Cut the Trans Fats. Trans fats started being used a little over 50 years ago. At the time there were some questions about the safety of these man-made fats, but the food industry loved them because they increased shelf life as well as the flavor of their foods. Now, 50 years after their introduction, research is surfacing about how these foods contribute to abdominal fat and food cravings.
For the next two weeks I challenge you to avoid trans fats. This means avoiding any pre-packaged foods, including frozen diet meals (yes, most of them contain trans fats). Instead, eat whole foods that have not been processed. Fill your daily diet with oatmeal with frozen berries, a chicken Caesar salad, whole fruits, and home-made vegetable soup and notice the results almost immediately.
2. Aerobic Exercise Before Breakfast. You will get an added metabolic boost from your exercise if you do it in the morning before you eat. Get up and head out the door for a walk.
3. Add Two Days of Resistance Exercise to Your Week. When you age muscle mass is lost if it is not worked. And because each pound of muscle burns about 50 calories during the day, you can see why working your muscles is important. You can go to the gym and lift weights, or you can work your muscles by doing yoga.
4. Eat For Your Body. As you age your body is less efficient at turning carbohydrates into energy and more efficient at storing them as belly fat. Therefore you want to decrease your carbohydrate intake by a couple of hundred calories.
To make up for the lost calories swap the carbs for protein. At dinner try eating your chicken on top of a bed of lettuce, instead of in a bun and you will easily meet the need!