I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve heard both men and women tell me that they can’t lose weight because they have a slow metabolism, or because they are over 40, or 50 and their metabolism has slowed down and they accept the fact that they won’t be able to lose weight. Well, nothing could be further from the truth. Do things slow down as we get older? Sure they do. Does that mean you have to settle for being overweight or unfit? Absolutely not.
Gone are the days when Dad worked 9 to 5 and Mom stayed home raising the children and taking care of the household. In 1967, 49 percent of mothers were stay-at-home moms, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Today it is roughly at 29%, and has been on the rise since an all time low in 1999 of only 25% (Pew Research Center) Being a working mom or a single working mom can certainly take its toll on your health as you try to juggle all your responsibilities. Let’s face it; Mom’s put everyone else’s needs first.
But there’s an even bigger drain on women these days as the number of 40 year olds enter the Sandwich Generation. If you haven’t heard of the Sandwich Generation, this is the age group that is taking care of both elderly parents and grown children.
I’m willing to bet that you’ve heard in order to lose weight you need to eat healthily and exercise daily. It’s no secret. So why is it, that so many people struggle trying to get to a healthy weight and stay there? One obstacle is the actual working out and preparing healthy foods but there’s something else holding you back. Your daily activities and habits could be sabotaging your efforts.
Bodyweight training involves basic and traditional exercises for strength training, such as burpees, squats, lunges, push-ups, pull-ups, and more. Incorporating bodyweight training in your fitness program can greatly improve your strength, stamina, and overall performance.
However, in order to achieve optimum results, you should know how to perform bodyweight training correctly.
Here Are The Do’s And Don’ts To Remember
How many times have you tried to lose weight? I don’t know the exact percentage, I’ve read anywhere from 65% up to 97% of the men and women who lost weight gain it all back. And that the average person, by the age of 45 has tried 61 diets! This according to an article in the Huffington Post A new program becomes popular and everyone flocks to the stores, or Internet, to grab a copy of the book, DVD, or new fangled exercise equipment because THIS time, it’s going to work. Because THIS is what I really need to lose weight.
As a vegan, one of the most frequent questions I get asked is, “Where do you get your protein?” (Fellow vegans, I’m sure you can relate.) The answer isn’t as complicated as many people think it is. Vegan protein sources are varied and easily accessible — and most are even very cost-effective!
So if you’re thinking about transitioning to a plant-based diet or are already vegan and looking to make some healthier choices, check out the options below. But before we get to good sources of vegan protein, we first have to answer one other very important question: how much protein do you need in a day, anyways?
Habits, we’ve all got them. Habits are described in the dictionary as an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary. Good or bad, you can see how it could be difficult to change your ways if you are acting involuntarily or unintentionally.
Have you ever made a conscious decision to stop eating late at night, only to suddenly find yourself sitting on the couch, watching TV and there in your hand is a bowl of ice cream? Or maybe you’re walking in the door to your house after a long day at work, take off your coat, go directly to the pantry and grab a handful of chips. How about during the day when you’re talking to a co-worker who has a bowl of candy on her desk and you ‘unintentionally” eat 4 of them before your conversation is over.
All of these are habits, we do them with out thinking and quite honestly we do them even when we are “thinking”.
We’re all short on time. As much as we’d like to have an hour a day to workout, time to prepare our meals, slip in a little time for meditation and maybe even a little down time, we know that’s unrealistic. It also doesn’t mean that you should just give up on trying to find a solution. But when we get busy one of the first things to go always seem to be your workout.
“I just don’t have the willpower. I can’t do this.” Does that statement sound familiar? Have you said it to yourself (multiple times)? If so, you’re not alone. This is one of the most common things I hear my clients say to me. And you know what?
Willpower alone doesn’t work.
When I first start working with clients, I find that they’ve been on a number of different diets. They’ve lost weight and gained it back. They say they just can’t stay on a diet or get to the gym every day. They beat themselves up over this.
The thing is, we only have a finite amount of willpower. If you try to rely on it alone, you will end up beating yourself up. It won’t bring you through the long haul.
You don’t need to look very far for meal plans that promise to help you drop 30 pounds in 30 days. There are hundreds of diets out there all claiming to have the answer to weight loss. Some may promote low carbs, others low fat or high protein. Still others are recommending a dangerously low caloric intake or losing weight through ketosis. Regardless of which diet you have followed in the past, or may be following right now, they more than likely have a meal plan.
Meal plans are one of my pet peeves. I am asked constantly if my program includes a meal plan and have even had clients say, “If you just tell me what to eat, I’ll do it”. I’m sure it would be a lot easier if I just wrote out a meal plan. After all, I know if I told everyone what to eat and they stuck to it, they’d more than likely lose weight. I say more than likely because we are all different and it can take some time to figure out an individualized plan.
Lisa Swanson is an ACE certified Health Coach, Personal Trainer and Orthopedic Exercise Specialist as well as a certified PN level 1 nutritionist. With over 30 years experience helping women turn their lives around she can easily adapt programs to meet your specific needs.