Wellness Matters

8 Ways to Contain Middle-Age Spread

September 01, 2014




Have you gained an extra two to five pounds every year since turning 40?


Here are eight ways to tame it:

  1. Forget about perfection. Start with a small weight-loss goal of 10 to 20 percent of your current weight and adjust your goal frequently.
  2. Eat smaller, more frequent meals. This will help speed up a sluggish metabolism and curb your appetite in general.
  3. Drink plenty of water. A 16-ounce glass of water before a meal will help you fill up.
  4. Don't eat where you sleep, work or drive. Savor the taste of food while you consume it.
  5. Make your scale your friend. Weigh yourself once each week - same time, same scale - and be aware of what is happening with your body.
  6. Contribute 30 minutes to exercise daily. Muscle burns more calories than fat - so get moving.
  7. Beware of stress. Stress is a major reason for overeating and weight gain. Daily relaxation is a key to success.
  8. Get help. This is hard work, so develop a support system that can encourage you through your lifestyle change. Or seek professional guidance to help you develop an exercise plan, a meal plan and even overcome behavioral obstacles.

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