At any given moment, there are millions of people around the world trying to lose weight. While weight loss may come easy for some, it can be really hard for others. It is particularly hard for people as they age. For men in particular, the toned physique of their younger years often turns into a flabby “dad bod” as they get older. For older men who are looking to get in shape again, it’s important to know the right tips and tricks. To get started on your weight loss journey, check out these six ways that men over 50 can accelerate their weight loss:
1. Weigh Yourself Daily
You’ve probably heard that weighing yourself every day is a bad idea because your weight naturally fluctuates from day to day. The common misconception has been that seeing a slight increase in the number on the scale could discourage someone and derail their weight loss. The reality is that keeping close track of your weight is essential for weight loss. It helps you to notice your weight gradually increasing before you gain too much. For example, if you weigh yourself daily, you can see when you’re going up by half a pound a day. When you only weigh yourself weekly, you don’t see the gradual increase and wind up blindsided by a four-pound weight gain at the end of the week.
2. Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
It may seem like an obvious tip, but you need to eat more fruits and vegetables if you are looking to lose weight at any age. Not only are they full of nutrients, but they also help you to feel fuller. This keeps you from over-eating and snacking on things that are bad for you throughout the day. Another benefit of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is that these contain a high amount of fiber, which will help cleanse your digestive tract and leave you feeling and looking lighter.
3. Cut Out Sugary Drinks
This is another tip that is probably obvious, but it’s one that many people willfully ignore. Sugary drinks like sodas, fruit juices, and the beloved Frappuccinos are chock-full of sugar. What does sugar do? Sugar packs on the pounds. It adds inches to your waistline. It makes the number on the scale skyrocket… Okay, you get our point. Take every sugary drink in your diet and replace it with water, and you’ll see your weight go down drastically.
4. Mix Up Your Workouts
A very simple way to give your weight loss a quick boost is to start mixing up your workouts. If you do the same exercise routine every single day, your body gets used to it. It’s no longer working as hard and therefore no longer burning as many calories. Through your muscles for a loop and changing things up. This will force your body to work just that little bit harder, giving your fat-burning a much-needed jolt.
5. Try Intermittent Fasting
More and more weight loss experts are acknowledging the benefits of intermittent fasting. It was often believed that you needed to eat more frequently to keep your metabolism up. While this may be the case for some people, the reality is that fasting can actually help you lose more weight. When you’re fasting, it forces your body to turned to stored fat for energy. This helps you to lose more fat at a quicker pace.
6. Practice Yoga
Yoga may not seem like the most rapid-fire way to drop pounds, but it actually facilitates weight loss in numerous ways. If you’ve never practiced it before, you’ll find that it’s actually more strenuous than you realized. You’ll burn serious calories by adopting a daily yoga routine as well as do wonders for your mental health. Studies have shown that regular yoga practice can significantly reduce stress. Stress has been shown to increase weight gain, so reducing stress can decrease weight gain. Got it?