The 30s are the decade when metabolism slows and our schedules and eating habits are dictated by the stress of a career, marriage or family. Even the best plans to lose weight can be difficult to manage.
But it is not impossible for a woman in her 30s to lose weight. It just takes a proper planning. Here are a few tips to address the unique challenges you face when you try to slim down at 30 and beyond.
Identify and eliminate barriers. You can definitely identify the roadblocks during the weight loss process, but when you're in your 30s the challenges are likely to be time-related. Lack of time due to work and family obligations are likely to get in the way of your best weight loss goals.
Get organized. You think you can settle down when your career is well established or when your kids have grown older but that never happens. If you set up healthy lifestyle habits that will help you lose weight and keep it off for life.
Stop falling for fad diets. Your first step to healthy eating is to evaluate your daily caloric intake. You can also keep a pre-diet food journal. And make sure you eat enough protein to maintain a healthy metabolism. You can limit your sugar intake, and look out for your carbohydrate intake to stay energized and satiated throughout the day.
Learn to manage stress. We all know that 30s are the most stressful time in your life. There are a lot of issues that can keep you awake at night. Even the simple act of dieting can cause stress. But, if not addressed, those challenges can cause problems.