So many women want to know how to lose weight – but in a way that doesn’t make them look or feel older. Unfortunately, many weight loss programs out there aren’t set up to help you shift excess kilos in a sustainable way, nor do they care how you look afterwards! In fact, rapid weight loss will often lead to premature ageing.
But the good news is that you don’t have to choose between a healthy body weight and a youthful appearance. With these tips, you can work towards your weight loss goals and skip the premature ageing.
How To Lose Weight Without Ageing Overnight
Focus on nourishing foods
Most of the diets out there are focused on what you can’t have. All they do is deprive you, and set you up to fail the first time that a craving overcomes your willpower!
So if you want to know how to lose weight successfully? It’s time to turn this around and instead, make your priority to incorporate more nutrition into your day.
The easiest way to do this is by including a wide variety of wholefoods, including:
- Fruit and vegetables
- Nuts and seeds
- Beans and legumes
- Herbs and spices
- Wholegrains such as oats
- Dairy if you tolerate it (goat milk products are often better tolerated)
- Fish and shellfish
- High-quality poultry and red meat
Not only will this make weight loss easier, but it will also provide you with key anti-ageing nutrients. And if that’s not enough, it also naturally crowds out less healthy options.
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Incorporate strength training
A common cause of premature ageing during weight loss is reduced muscle mass. Muscles help us to stay younger and fitter for longer, so we want to hold onto them for as long as possible!
Too many women still believe that strength training will make them big and bulky. But strength training is one of the best forms of exercise for supporting a higher metabolism (so you can eat more food!) as well as preventing premature ageing.
Include at least 1-2 strength training sessions per week. This could include weight lifting, body weight exercise or even hobbies that incorporate strength training such as pole-dancing.
Don’t make it a race
When people are looking at how to lose weight, they often focus on losing as much as possible in a short period of time. But rapid weight loss will not only be unsustainable for most people – it also contributes to premature ageing.
That’s why it’s better to work on slow, sustainable weight loss. Not only does this increase your chance of maintaining your new weight, it also reduces the risk of muscle loss and gives your skin time to adjust to your body changes.
Dehydration is one of the quickest ways to prematurely age your skin – and the rest of your body suffers just as much! Unfortunately, a lot of quick-fix diets and fads tend to dehydrate you.
Hydration is about two key factors:
- Drinking enough water (filtered is best)
- Including a balance of electrolytes that help you to utilise the water
The good news is that the latter will fall into place when you focus on eating mostly wholefoods. To boost your water intake, don’t just drink plain water – include water-rich fruit and vegetables, drink herbal teas, and even make yourself a smoothie! All of this adds up to more hydration for your skin and other organs.
Manage your stress levels
Chronic stress is a major driver of inflammation and inflammaging. So if you want to look and feel younger for longer, it’s critical that you manage your stress levels. This is even more vital when losing weight, as dropping body fat is a form of stress for the body.
Incorporate strategies such as yoga, deep breathing, meditation and hobbies such as gardening to help process your stress.
Skip the ageing accelerators
The last thing you want to do during this time of change is add more ageing factors into the mix! So ditch the common ageing accelerators, including:
- Excess alcohol
- Poor sleep
- Junk food (a major source of AGEs or advanced glycation end products)
By incorporating these strategies, you’re setting yourself up for success – not only in losing excess body fat, but in looking and feeling youthful in the process!
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Susie Garden | Clinical Nutritionist & Naturopath
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