Losing those last 10 pounds can be a challenge. Ask most women over 40 and they'll say "It takes a long time!" I don't care how easy programs claim to be or what the infomercials promise, weight loss as you age gets hard. You feel like your body is stuck. For some women you've gone as far as having tests done to rule out thyroid imbalances, hormonal upheavals (e.g. menopause), and even determined your RMR (resting metabolic rate). You eat pretty well and exercise regularly so it seems logical that the weight comes off quickly right? Although weight loss can happen as you age, the time factor may be our greatest challenge. So what's the deal? Should you resign yourself to being a few pounds overweight? What's really going on and are you missing some key contributors to your weight being in the "stuck" position? Here are a few questions to ask yourself before you throw in the towel. Remember, be completely honest with yourself. Are you ready? Here we go.
- How many years has it been since you were at your healthy weight? (Note: this is not your high school weight; it's a weight that is best for your height and body type).
- Do you nibble a lot?
- Are you stressed about your slow weight loss?
- Do you notice changes in your eating around your cycle? (Note: If you're menopausal, there may be certain triggers that change your eating).
- Do you workout as hard as you used to?
I suggest answering these questions in a journal and dating it. This is extremely important. You need a baseline for understanding why your plateau exists in order to solve the problem. Writing down your observations and even frustrations with weight loss plateaus can help you process and reflect better. Don't rush the process, take your time to make the most of this exercise. In my next post, I'll address the first question in more detail as well as give you helpful solutions to to use right away.