Have you gained an extra two to five pounds every year since turning 40?
Here are eight ways to tame it:
- Forget about perfection. Start with a small weight-loss goal of 10 to 20 percent of your current weight and adjust your goal frequently.
- Eat smaller, more frequent meals. This will help speed up a sluggish metabolism and curb your appetite in general.
- Drink plenty of water. A 16-ounce glass of water before a meal will help you fill up.
- Don't eat where you sleep, work or drive. Savor the taste of food while you consume it.
- Make your scale your friend. Weigh yourself once each week - same time, same scale - and be aware of what is happening with your body.
- Contribute 30 minutes to exercise daily. Muscle burns more calories than fat - so get moving.
- Beware of stress. Stress is a major reason for overeating and weight gain. Daily relaxation is a key to success.
- 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.