2011 | Newsletter archives
I'm 35 years old and can't lose the weight. Why not?
Every decade after you're 30 years old, your caloric requirement should drop by 10 percent to maintain the same weight. . So if you're not eating any differently than you were in your 20s yet gaining weight, it may be because between the ages of 30 and 50, your caloric intake also needs to drop by 20 percent. If you don't, you might experience as much as an 8 percent increase of weight. You have to cut back on your intake of food or increase your exercise when you get older just to stay even. Fact: You have to cut back on your intake of food when you get older just to stay even.
Here are some ideas: Instead of having apple pie for a dessert, have an apple. Cut it up in exciting ways, maybe put some non-fat Jello around it. There are also interesting ways of getting rid of extra calories. My experience is that most people don't understand the basics about food. People will tell me they had a hamburger for lunch but they forget to mention the French fries, the onion rings, the extra ketchup. Even ketchup, depending how much ketchup you have, could be adding 1000 calories to your meal.
When you're looking at fruits, grapefruits and cantaloupes have about 30 calories while something like a canned pear half has about 80 calories. Even fruit gelatin is 8. Go with the non-caloric one.
And you have to decrease your salt intake. Remember when you work out, as the fat starts to dissolve in your body, the body initially substitutes it for water. So even if you're working out and not eating as much, you may not have dropped weight because of water weight.
Everything starts to change in your thirties, and that's OK. You can be healthy and lose some weight. You just need to realize it and be realistic about it.