Once you hit menopause, it’s harder to keep the pounds off, even if you haven’t changed your diet and exercise plan. As estrogen levels drop, so does your muscle mass, and you’re not burning as many calories.
What’s even more frustrating is when you are finally dropping the pounds, and then your progress stops, and the pounds stick to you like glue.
You don’t have to stay stuck. Here are 4 ways to bust through your weight loss plateau:
I know it may feel like you’re starving to death, but to get things rolling again, you need to reduce your calories. If you’re an active woman, aim for 1200-1400 calories a day.
Keep a Food Log
Writing down what you eat in a day can be a very eye-opening experience. Are you doing too much tasting while you’re cooking? Stressed out and eating bigger portions?
Keep a detailed food log of every bite you eat, and the time of day. The goal is to eliminate extra calories, and this is a good place to start.
Avoid High Fat Foods
High fat foods such as chips, candy, crackers, and cookies are tasty, but most people are not going to stop at one serving. Before you know it, these mindless munchies can top the 1,000 calorie mark.
Fill up on whole grains, beans, fruits and vegetables, and low-fat dairy products.
Eating smaller meals more frequently can kick-start your metabolism. Added benefits are more energy, and better blood sugar control. Don’t increase your calories, and aim to eat about every 3-4 hours.