Losing weight is no easy feat, and it can require more time and intention after 30. Although studies show that your metabolism doesn’t significantly start to slow until you reach the age of 60, there are many reasons why it may seem like you’re more likely to gain weight once you hit 30: your life gets busier, work gets in the way, you become more sedentary, your eating habits may suffer, and more. “If you have never struggled with weight before 30 and your eating and lifestyle habits are less than desirable, chances are it will catch up with you at some point,” Laura Burak MS, RD, founder of GetNaked® Nutrition and author of Slim Down with Smoothies tells Eat This, Not That!.
The good news is that Burak says she doesn’t believe that age will work against your efforts to achieve a leaner, healthier you. With the right positive mindset and healthy game plan you know you’ll stick with, you’ll be headed in the right direction when it comes to weight loss after 30.
Although diet plays a large and very important role in weight loss—which we’ll get to shortly—be mindful that there are other key players that are just as crucial to melting off unwanted pounds. These include movement, getting proper hydration, managing your stress, and getting good quality sleep. “I see clients that are ‘doing everything right’ when it comes to eating, but they haven’t addressed these other crucial areas of their life that can have a major impact,” Burak says.
Excerpted from Eat This, Not That!