Is there really a single best weight loss program
for all Baby Boomers?
Of course, there isn't!
But there are certain basic principles that you can use to design
YOUR best weight loss program.
THE PROBLEM WITH MOST WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAMS
Most people approach dieting and weight loss looking to see significant results immediately. But have you ever noticed how so many Baby Boomers (maybe even yourself) go on a fad diet and get rapid weight loss only to revert back to their (your) old weight in just a few months? Why is that?
Because most programs do not consider the reality of how our lifestyles, eating habits and the aging process affect our weight.
What we'll look at in this section are the key principles for losing weight and keeping it off.
Our approach here is to use common sense, to eat healthier and to plan on a slow loss of weight (just a few pounds a week) while continuing to maintain this approach for the rest of your life.
The three principles for designing the Best Weight Loss Program
Sounds simple doesn't it? And, really, it is but you're going to have to think this through and make some long-term adjustments in your lifestyle and eating habits Boomer.
Understanding Metabolism and Body Mass Index
Before we get into designing your best weight loss program we need to stop and make sure you understand two concepts: metabolism and body mass index.
Metabolism is a term used for how your body creates its energy by burning calories. Understanding this will help you to better design your program. This short video will provide you with enough basic information to get the concept down.
I know! The index can be upsetting, can't it? But nevertheless, it's highly regarded by medical professionals.
Designing Your Own "Personal" Best Weight Loss Program
Now that you've gotten a better understanding of metabolism and your own BMI numbers, let's start designing your personal best weight loss program.
First - Let's start with your diet
Second - Let's consider your metabolism
Your best weight loss program will require you to increase your physical activity, Baby Boomer, in order to keep your metabolism up after you start eating less. Why? Because as your caloric intake decreases, your body's metabolism will adjust to this lower caloric intake and start slowing down to compensate. The result will be that although you're eating less, your weight will stop going down because your metabolism has slowed down!
Plus, did you know that we Baby Boomers' normal metabolism rate slows about 5% per decade after age 40? (In case you hadn't noticed.) That's not helping you is it?
The good news is you don't have to become a "gym rat" or a marathon runner to increase your metabolism. You can keep your calorie burning metabolism up with some of these techniques (with the approval of your medical advisor).
By doing any one of these (or combination of these) 3 to 4 times a week:
If you do want get into weight training, I recommend you check out this website from a senior who is well versed in weight training for seniors.
For more information about diets and exercise check out these articles from some of our other contributors here at The Baby Boomers Webplace.
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