What to do
Are you over 40? Then you will have found that losing weight is not as easy as it was 15 years ago. Your slower metabolism is mostly responsible. But don't worry, if you follow a few tricks, weight loss will be easier.
If you do not yet exercise regularly, you should find a suitable activity for you. Because you'll be doing it for about 30 minutes three times a week, you will need this to be something you enjoy. You shouldn't think of exercise as a chore. And hey, burning calories can be fun. A few ideas to start with are aqua fitness and cycling, which are both easy on the joints.
Next, make sure you're getting enough sleep. With too little sleep, there is a risk that the metabolism slows down even more, which means that burning calories becomes even more of a challenge for your body.
When eating, it is important to consume foods that keep you full longer but have fewer calories. These can be high-fiber foods, such as all wholegrain products, legumes, vegetables and fruits, as well as low-fat dairy products.
Finally, avoid stress because cortisol levels increase with increased stress levels. This is accompanied by a drop in blood sugar levels, which can lead to food cravings. Relaxing yoga exercises, listening to quiet music throughout the day, and tuning into your own thoughts and feelings can help you live a more stress-free life.
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