7 Pieces of Advice to Avoid Weight Gain as You Age

Despite what we may think, our age is not the only reason why we gain weight. There are many reasons, but a change of lifestyle is the main factor we should blame. Bright Side brings you some valuable pieces of advice on how to reach this special stage of your life feeling healthy and active.

1. Strawberries, apples, and onions

Scientists have discovered that increased consumption of flavonoid-rich foods is associated with weight maintenance and has a positive effect on the weight-loss process.

Products that might help you lose weight are:

  • Cranberries
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Wild berries
  • Tea
  • Apples
  • Onions
  • Leeks
  • Broccoli

Including these foods in your diet plan will have a positive impact on your overall health.

2. Stay physically active

Don't forget that our metabolism slows down as we get older, and, as a consequence, we accumulate fat and gain those pounds. To avoid gaining too much weight, stay active. The best way to do this is with low-risk physical exercises on a regular basis.

In addition, exercising will help your muscles and joints stay strong and young and even delay the aging process a little.

Pay attention! Recent studies have shown that a 10-minute workout session performed 3 times a day is just as effective as 30 minutes of non-stop physical activity. So even taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking your car a little further from the office, or a 10-minute walk will also have beneficial effects.

3. Stay mentally active

Memory problems are considered to be a normal part of the aging process. But it's not like you can't do anything about it. Pleasant activities such as reading, doing crosswords and sudoku puzzles, or playing chess (even some online games) will stimulate different parts of the brain, boosting memory and concentration.

Such great habits awaken and train your brain, help prevent stress and depression, and maintain the quality of your life.

4. Say "No" to diets

Low-calorie diets can actually decrease the rate of your metabolism for good. When not getting enough calories, your body tries to conserve all its energy and, as a result, it saves calories. If you turn to those crash diets repeatedly, your metabolic rate will never go back to normal.

Also note that a 1,200-calorie diet (and less) will help you lose weight, but the weight you lose is muscle tissue, not fat. And since muscles burn more calories than fat, losing muscle tissue will only make it difficult for you to maintain your weight.

5. Choose clothes that add to your confidence

The way you look influences the way you feel and the way others perceive you. This especially concerns clothes. Try to choose those that accentuate your best features and hide imperfections - for instance, low waist jeans may not be the best choice as they can shorten your legs and draw attention to the waist without highlighting it.

6. Monitor your health regularly

Aging can also bring health problems such as hypertension and osteoporosis, making it more difficult to stay physically active.

Regular medical check-ups help you stay healthy and enjoy every day of your life. Before you even notice, you'll generate your very own positive cycle of things: good health gives you the possibility and will to exercise, and the latter makes you feel healthier and happier.

7. Start as soon as possible

Do you think you can put on some pounds now and lose them some time later? Forget it! Just like brushing your teeth twice a day, you should introduce healthy habits to your life as soon as possible. This way you won't have to worry about extra pounds in the future.

Preview photo credit Astkhik Rakimova
Based on materials from El Confidencial
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