Losing weight after 50 can be a challenging endeavour. It’s important to recognize that losing weight is not rocket science! But it’s equally important to be honest with yourself and recognize that some of the beliefs and habits that you’ve been carrying with you for half a century can hinder you in your quest to become healthier.
Some of these beliefs are:
- It’s in my genes or runs in the family. While you may be genetically predisposed to be heavier than others, you are in control of what food you eat.
- I just like food too much. I have yet to meet someone that does not like food. Often, people mean they don’t want to be judged by what they eat, and want to grab whatever they want, whenever they want. Which is fair, but then be realistic about what you’re doing. You can’t have your cake (too often) and lose weight too. So be realistic.
- I can’t stick to my diet. We’ve all been there and you have to start by not being so hard on yourself. Yes, getting sidetracked can be demoralizing as the critical voice in our head gives us hell for it. It’s important to recognize that you won’t be perfect along the way, no one is. Forgive yourself and get back on track.
I’ll have to write a post to expand on these beliefs, but for now let’s get to the good stuff.
To see the best results from any diet plan, you’ve got to know the “Diet Commandments”. These guidelines are essential for superior results. They will take you to the Promised Land, flowing with good health and energy.
Sadly, many dieters miss out on one or more of these rules, and it costs them their success.
Thou Shall Eat More Protein
Of all the foods you might eat while on a fat loss diet, protein is probably the most important. Protein combats hunger, stabilizes blood glucose levels, and prevents lean muscle loss. The result is raised metabolism and accelerated fat loss.
Don’t let your protein intake fall short. Aim to consume some in every meal and snack. For some unexpected sources of protein, consider quinoa, bulgur, avocado, and whole wheat bagels.
Thou Shall Eat Regularly
You may have heard that metabolism increases the more often you eat. That’s somewhat misleading. Actually, the boost you get from a meal is directly related to meal size — eating regularly does help keep hunger at bay.
Feed your body frequently throughout the day to avoid food cravings and energy lows. Those who follow this guideline are more likely to stick to their diet or weight loss program.
Thou Shall Prioritize Fresh Foods
When selecting your foods, remember processed foods are a sin. Eating fresh is a must. In our world, processed foods are around every corner, waiting to cause weight gain and thwart our efforts for a healthy life.
Eliminate processed food and give your diet a major boost. Focus on natural foods, like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats and oils, and lean proteins. This isn’t the Garden of Eden—reaching for the apple is the right choice.
You could call this commandment the Golden Rule of dieting. If you make only one change to your diet plan, make this one.
Thou Shall Set Short Term Goals
One diet rule that you should abide by is to continually set short term goals. Think about your strategy in the here and now, not months ahead. If your goals can only be achieved far down the road, it becomes too easy to lose sight of them.
You should also ensure that you put your goals in writing and tell a friend or family member about your intentions. The accountability will redouble your commitment.
Try thinking in two-week segments. Two weeks is generally the period necessary to form good habits, so it’s the perfect amount of time to build behaviors that stand the test of time.
This is precisely why The 2 Week Diet was created. But that’s discussed in another post:
Extreme Weight Loss Diet in 2 Weeks
Thou Shall Avoid Fruitless Comparisons
Finally, stop comparing yourself to others. Realize this is your journey. Your body is unique and you won’t see the same results as everyone else, so don’t expect to.
Instead, start comparing yourself today to yourself from yesterday. That will give you everything you need to know. If you improve every day, or hold fast to your diet program, then you are already a success.
Keep these diet commandments in mind. Focus on them and be confident you are building a truly righteous body.