Declining hormones in menopause make it a real challenge to lose weight. You may try low carb, low-fat, counting calories, or one of those fad diets that claim you’ll lose 5 pounds in 5 days. In many cases, those stubborn pounds just won’t budge.
You can pick up a lot of useful information from people who have been successful at losing weight. Here are 6 helpful tips from women who have lost 100 pounds:
Keep Healthy Snacks Handy
Stash healthy snacks such as fruit, nuts, or protein bars in your purse, at your desk, and in the car. When you feel hungry or just suffering from the 3 o’clock slump, you won’t need to run to the vending machine or make a McDonald’s run.
Make Gradual Changes
Concentrate on one change at a time. One week you might push more vegetables, and the next week cut down your carbs.
Eat Healthy Salads
Those healthy greens can turn into real calorie-bombers if you add cheese, croutons, and a high-fat dressing. Skip these goodies, and ask for a low-fat dressing on the side.
Cook at Home
Eating out at your favorite restaurant is a real treat, but they give you enough food for 2 or 3 people. Cooking at home allows you to control your portions, and make a healthier version of your favorite foods. Bake fish or grill beef and chicken on the barbecue. Sauté veggies in soy sauce for a tasty Asian twist.
Look for opportunities to exercise. If you’re in the office, walk around the building. After work, lace up your tennis shoes and take the dog for a walk. Ride your bike, or jog if you’re not a walker. Start with 10 minutes if you’re not usually active, and work up to 30 minutes.
Push Through Plateaus
At first, you may really be dropping the pounds, but at some point your weight loss will slow down and may even stop. Don’t get discouraged and give up. Cut your calories or increase your exercise to kick-start your metabolism.