As women get older, we tend to gain weight and whilst a few pounds over several years will not generally cause a problem, some women can and will gain more than 20lbs. This will increase the probability of getting long term health problems such as heart attacks and even cancer. Studies have shown that women who lose around 20lbs can cut the risk of developing diabetes by at least halve.
Some think that it is something to worry about in the future, however by keeping your weight in the healthy range today, you will reap the benefits in the long term and are far less likely to contract illnesses later on in life.
Weight loss not starvation
Now that is not a reason to go starving yourself. If you are too strict and reduce the amount of calories you consume too drastically then you will most likely become deficient in vital nutrients. Your body needs these to survive and to stop you from becoming ill. Crash diets are definitely not the answer and you will need to make slow changes not only to your diet but also to your level of activity.
When you hear people talking about weight loss they normally refer to diet and exercise, however a diet is something that you generally do for a short period of time and then stop. Therefore I think it would be better if you didnt consider yourself to be on a diet rather a lifestyle change that will ensure you not only lose weight but that you also maintain a healthy weight.
Small changes equals easy
Very small changes can make a big difference when it comes to weight loss. There is absolutely no need to go on a strict diet regime. You can swap some simple everyday foods to alternatives that are low in fat or sugar. For instance, you could swap full fat milk for semi skimmed milk or use a butter which has a reduced fat content. One less biscuit a day can mean a 5lb weight loss over a year.
Losing weight with exercise
Obviously if you want to lose weight you will also need to increase your activity levels. It doesnt matter if you hate the gym, you can still get a good amount of exercise from daily activities. It doesnt have to be too strenuous either. Even light exercise will make a big difference, for example you could walk to the shops instead of taking the car. Take the stairs instead of the lift. Also housework, although it is something that most women hate, it is something that can burn a lot of calories. So put some music on and get cleaning!
Reward your weight loss
After a short period of a couple of weeks, you will begin to notice changes in your body, your clothes will be less tight fitting and you will find you have more energy, which helps you increase your activity levels even further. Congratulate yourself on reaching your personal goals. Once you have achieved a smaller dress size for example, reward yourself with a new dress!
Weight loss and fitness is not difficult as long as you make small steps instead of trying to do too much. If you push yourself too hard or you set unrealistic goals, then you will be setting yourself up to fail and this end up with you becoming de-motivated and you are less likely to achieve your long term weight loss goals.