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How to LOSE WEIGHT When You're Over 30

As you age, you may start to notice major changes happening to your body. It can be very frustrating for women over thirty, especially when it comes to losing weight. If you're having trouble, don't worry! Here are some tips to help you maintain a healthy weight, regardless of your age...

The Struggle to Lose Weight

The Struggle to Lose Weight

When you enter your 30s, you begin to notice that your metabolism is just not the same as it used to be. You have to start paying close attention to what you eat, avoid unhealthy foods, and practice vigilant portion control. Otherwise, you'll start gaining weight more rapidly than you have in the past. However, as long as you maintain a nutritious diet and healthy lifestyle, you'll be able to stave off those extra pounds easily.

 Here are some helpful healthy eating tips:

Avoid Artificial Sweeteners

Cut out any food with artificial sweeteners from your diet. Although some of these foods may be low on calories, they can be destructive to your diet. Not only are they linked to increasing your risk of developing cancer and diabetes, artificial sweeteners can actually increase cravings.

Tip: don't just pay attention to your snacks. Check the nutritional facts on what you drink as well! Many beverages are overloaded with sweeteners that contribute to weight gain.

Eat Smarter, Feel Satisfied

If you eat a serving of beans, peas, chick peas, or lentils every day, you may be able to achieve long-term weight loss. Scientists at the St. Michael's Hospital in Canada have discovered  that adding pulses to your diet can be beneficial in managing weight.  Pulses are edible plant seeds that are high in fiber and low on the glycemic index. The study found that they they increased feeling "full" among participants by 31 percent. 

Add Probiotics To Your Diet

Your body needs the good bacteria found in probiotics. These can be found in foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, and miso soup. Sometimes, people gain weight due to a bacterial imbalance in the gut. Probiotics can help correct this imbalance by adding the good bacteria that your stomach needs.

Start Your Day With Protein

Breakfast, often rushed or skipped, is still very important. To lose weight, you should try to consume a protein-rich breakfast every day. This will give you more energy to start your day and keep you feeling fuller longer. For this, you can prepare easy meals such as oatmeal with skim milk, yogurt topped with nuts or flax seeds, or peanut butter toast.

Go Meatless

It may be a huge adjustment, but a meatless diet can help you reduce weight significantly. A study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition showed that people who have followed a vegetarian diet lost twice as much weight as those who had a conventional low-calorie diet.


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INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup of tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup of chives, chopped
  • 1 tsp. of Mexican spice mix
  • 4 Tortillas
  • Cheddar
  • Salt, to taste

METHOD:

  1. Put shredded chicken breast, tomato sauce, chives, and mexican spice mix in a bowl and mix together.
  2. Lay out the tortillas. Place a slice of cheddar in the center, and cover with the chicken mix.
  3. Fold up tortillas, and heat in a frying pan until golden.
  4. Enjoy!

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