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Wanting to Lose Weight? Try These 5 Motivating Tips

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Wanting to Lose Weight? Try These 5 Motivating TipsIt’s the new year, and once again you, along with hundreds of other women, may be making the same resolution – lose weight. At the best of times, dropping pounds is hard, but during menopause it can be even harder.

Menopause can cause your metabolism to slow down, lead to fat being stored differently, and zap any desire you may have had to exercise thanks to all the menopause symptoms. All in all, you can end up with some extra weight you don’t want.

If you have some tips, you might be able to get an edge this year. Then maybe next you’ll not only look and feel differently, you’ll be healthier and able to make a different resolution for New Year’s.

1. Control Your Portions

Sounds easy enough, but if you’ve dieted before you know it’s not. It can be complicated and time consuming to measure everything you eat, and serving sizes may not be what you expect them to be.

Here are some tricks that can help:
  • Use a smaller plate so you’re forced to have smaller portions.
  • Fill your plates with veggies first so there's less room for starches and meat.
  • Pre-measure so you’re not trying to measure when you’re hungry and in a hurry.

2. Choose Better Fats

It’s very likely you won’t be able go completely fat free. Even if you do, you may not stick with it because fat adds flavor that makes your meals enjoyable. Rather than going without fat, learn to choose better fats.

Here are some tips for choosing:
  • Know your fats – monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are healthier than saturated and trans fats.
  • Know how many fat grams you should have per day and stick to them.
  • Remember fat in nuts and vegetables are healthier than those in meat or processed foods.
  • Don’t assume fat free is good – the fat can be replaced with other unhealthy ingredients.

3. Watch the Clock

There’s some belief that when you eat can make a difference controlling your weight. For example, you need breakfast to jump start your metabolism. That meal may also help curb your appetite for the day. If you snack before bed, you may not make the wisest choices. The same is true of eating in front of the TV or when you’re in a rush. No matter the time of day, if you eat more calories than you need, they can get stored as fat.

Use the clock to your advantage:
  • Divide your daily calories so you can eat them at evenly spaced times throughout the day.
  • If you find you’re hungry at the same time every day, rearrange your meals and snacks.
  • When you’re hungry at other times, only allow yourself healthy snacks, like fruits and veggies.

4. Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Poor sleeping habits can lead to poor eating habits. Lack of sleep can also mess with your metabolism, slowing it down so you pack on some weight. And if you’re tired, you’re probably going to be less likely to exercise.

Try these tips to get some zzz’s:.

5. Choose an Accountability Partner

If you diet by yourself, it can be overwhelming, frustrating, and easy to cheat. If you’re accountable to someone, it can help you stay motivated and on track. Knowing someone will be looking over your shoulder may make it easier to choose better options even when you’re craving ice cream and potato chips.

Who to pick:
  • Choose someone you trust and who will support you.
  • Consider a group like Weight Watchers where there’s also financial accountability.
  • Pick someone who can in turn be accountable to you for her diet so you both benefit.
  • Ask your doctor to keep you accountable.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

12-02-2017 - 09:59 AM


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