It’s no secret that you might be finding ‘getting fit at 50’ challenging Trying to keep the weight off and stay lean.
What worked for you in your 30’s and into your 40’s often just doesn’t seem to be working anymore.
I distinctly remember going through a pre-50’s stage of thinking “What the hell is happening to my body”! Getting fit at 50 wasn’t looking good!
The way I ‘d trained and eaten for years just wasn’t quite working anymore and I had to start tweaking things.
It’s easy to think “Oh well – this is peri-menopause or menopause and there’s nothing I can do”.
But I’ve found with most women (and men too) that at nearly every 10 year stage, your body goes through some sort of physical changes and what you got away with before, is not cutting it anymore.
Remember you’re not alone, accept it is happening, then start making the changes necessary to get the best out of your body and mind for where you’re at.
A Couple of Proven and Effective Tips –
Instead of eating before you train, try a fasted workout so your body burns the maximum amount of fat possible.
Ideally train first thing in the morning. It would’ve been maybe 10-11 hours since you last ate so your body will be using the fuel from your fat cells as energy. (This is a simplified explanation but easy to understand).
After you’ve done a cardio style workout (high energy) – try not to eat anything for at least an hour or two afterwards, as your body is still in the fat burning mode!
This might not be possible first thing in the morning if you’ve time constraints to head off to work. But if you can, give it a try at some other time of the day and make the meal you have an hour or two after your cardio session, high in protein and low in starchy carbohydrates.
Make your breakfast a protein only one! This is an old Body Building trick but I tell you what – it does the trick!
A few ideas –
Eggs (done any way) with rocquet, spinach or any other green veg and/or mushrooms.
Scrambled eggs wrapped in a nori sheet! This is so yummy and a great dose of iodine to boot. Iodine is essential for menopausal women.
Leftover chicken/fish etc from last nights meal, with a side of avocado or greens.
Get away from having your sweet breakfast and try eating a version of your dinner in the morning! Without the starchy carbohydrates.
Depending on your type of work, this might not be for everyone. Some people will need more “fuel” from starchy carbohydrates in the morning to do their work.
But give it a try. It’s another great way to trick your body into using fat for energy.
If your last meal was at 7pm and the next time you eat starchy carbohydrates (rice, pasta, sweet potato etc) is not until lunchtime – then that is a good 17 hours that your body is relying on fat for energy.
Once again, this might not be for everyone, but it’s about trying some little techniques and tips to see what will work for you.
You’re unique and there’s not a ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to nutrition.