Weight loss is personal, and it’s different for everyone – especially for men and women. We consulted one of our fitness and wellness contributors, Michael Smith, to look at a few ways men, specifically, can focus on bettering their lifestyle when it comes to their health.
If you’re a man over 30 and feel like with every passing year, maintaining your fitness seems exponentially difficult, you’re not imagining things. As we age, our metabolism slows1, growth hormone production diminishes2, and our lives typically become busier and more stressful—which can make it challenging to keep exercise and nutrition a priority. Before long, you may have put on more weight than you’re comfortable with, and everyday activities—like mowing the lawn or shooting hoops—begin to feel a lot more laborious.
However, by making a few simple lifestyle changes, you may be able to reclaim your fit-self and restore your athleticism and vigor! Try one or all of these 5 tips for staying fit after 30:
1. Move more
You may feel like you can’t add anything else to your busy schedule – but including more movement into your everyday routine might not be as challenging as you think. Start small: look for ways you can add extra steps into your day. Try parking a couple blocks away from the store, take the stairs instead of the escalator, or use the restroom that’s furthest from your office space at work. Although it might not seem like much, all those steps can add up quickly and significantly impact your calorie burn for the day.
2. Fuel your body right
Think of your body as a high-performance engine: sure, you can add lower octane fuel and it’ll run fine for a while, but ultimately performance will suffer and the engine will break down. Same goes for your body—it’s critical to fuel it properly. That means including a well-rounded diet and loading up on vegetables. Vegetables are nutrient dense and high in fiber, which means they’ll help you stay fuller, longer and without piling on too many extra calories. Your engine will be running smoothly in no time!
3. Moderation is key
Committing to eating healthier means limiting junk food with low nutritional value. However, you don’t need to swear off burgers and desserts altogether. Remember, all foods can be enjoyed in moderation, provided they fit into your overall nutrition plan. It just means keeping them as once-in-a-while treats, as opposed to everyday staples. Jenny Craig incorporates menu items like the Classic Cheeseburger and Chocolate Lava Cake that include just the right amount of proteins, carbs and fats—to leave you feeling satisfied without derailing your goals.
4. Plan Ahead When Dining Out
If you have plans to dine out, take a few moments earlier in the day to look at the menu, review the nutritional information (if the restaurant provides it), and decide what meal you plan to order. By pre-selecting your food before you’re at the table and before you’re ravenous, you’ll be able to make a more informed choice.
5. Ask for help!
Don’t worry, you don’t need to figure everything out on your own. In the same way that you might bring in a plumber or repairman to work on your house, you can benefit from the expertise of individuals with education and years of experience. By following a plan like Jenny Craig, where you get your own dedicated personal consultant to provide support, odds are that you’ll achieve results quicker than trying to lose weight on your own.3 Plus, you’ll be on your way to feeling healthier and more energetic than ever before.
Are you ready to take the next step and start a weight loss program with proven results? Contact Jenny Craig for your free appointment to start reclaiming your health.