As a woman in the 30s, you may already be aware of how difficult it can be to stay fit. Slimming down requires a combination of exercise, healthy lifestyle and appropriate diet. Your natural metabolism starts to slow down, so every unhealthy food you consume or workout you skip can have a negative effect. But don’t discourage yourself, you can definitely slim down after 30.
Eat Foods That Have High Water Content
Once you hit 30 years of age, your body will burn around 100 calories less per day than it burned previously. If you want to slim down, incorporate foods that have a high percentage of water into your diet. These foods include leafy greens, low-fat yogurt, vegetables and broth-based soups. Because these foods have such a high water content, you can eat more without worrying about excess calories.
Become More Active
Regardless of your age, becoming more active is necessary if you hope to slim down, especially if your lifestyle is sedentary. Performing some aerobic exercise and light strength training allows you to shed fat while building lean muscle. Gaining muscle allows you to burn calories in a more efficient manner. The Mayo Clinic recommends that you get at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise every day and perform strength-training exercises targeting all the major muscle groups a minimum of twice a week.
Don’t Skip Breakfast
Having a balanced diet is a vital part of slimming down. Consuming breakfast every day activates your metabolism and prevents the binge eating that comes with those mid-morning hunger attacks. If you’re in a hurry in the morning, try something fast like spreading some fat-free yogurt on a slice of whole-wheat toast, or simply grab an apple or banana and a handful of almonds.
Other than making basic adjustments to what foods you are eating, you should also adjust your portion sizes. Your metabolism works better when you eat smaller meals more frequently. When you are preparing your meals, make the portion sizes about 10 percent smaller and try to eat every three to four hours. The American Council on Exercise recommends eating plenty of low-fat dairy products, whole grains, fruits and vegetables…and that’s my Cup of Tea!