When it comes to losing weight, not all bodies are the same. There are times when weight loss for women can be very different from weight loss for men. After pregnancy and during menopause is one of those times. Some women turn to fad diets, supplements, and diet pills. Others turn to fitness or they may do a combination of some or all these things. While it can be confusing, there are some guidelines that can help you to lose weight.
There’s so much to think about after the baby arrives. One of those things for many women is how to get back to the way they were before pregnancy. While most women want the baby weight to drop off right after birth, the truth is, you have to be patient. You have extra breast tissue, fat stores, blood supply and an enlarged uterus for at least 6 weeks after the baby is born. Your body needs more nutrients if you’re nursing and it needs time to recover.
It’s best to plan to lose weight after pregnancy slowly. Check with your doctor to see how many calories you need daily and to find out when it is safe to begin exercise. Don’t skip meals and be sure to get breakfast. Even though, as a new mom, that’s not always easy to do. Choose low or no fat milk and dairy products and reach for fresh fruits and vegetables for snacks. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids. Water and tea are better choices than juices or soda that have a lot of sugar in them. Be patient with yourself, you just made a whole new human being!
Menopause can be another time in a woman’s life that losing weight is a challenge. Lower oestrogen levels may cause women to eat more, move less and store more fat. As we age, we tend to lose muscle mass, which lowers our metabolic rate, and makes it harder to lose weight. Getting more exercise is key for weight loss in women going through menopause. You may need to increase the amount of time and the intensity of your exercise routine, no matter how much you exercised before.
There are many other benefits of exercising more as we age. Getting plenty of exercise lowers the risk of osteoporosis, heart attack, and other cardiovascular diseases. It strengthens muscles and joints and lowers insulin resistance. Exercise can also benefit our mental health by helping to relieve depression and anxiety. Talk to your doctor before you start a new exercise routine. Choose activities that you enjoy and make sure you have the right shoes for your activity. It’s also a good idea to find a fitness partner to help keep you motivated.
For all phases of a woman’s life, a positive attitude and patience are important when it comes to losing weight. Making a commitment to healthy changes is required. Take a dance or water aerobics class and eat a piece of fruit instead of a cookie. You’ll be on your way to a healthier you!