When women diet to lose weight, especially after menopause, they will not be able to continue losing weight unless they also exercise. This is because exercise prevents the decrease in metabolism that occurs when women diet without exercising. Exercise also prevents loss of muscle. If you diet without exercising, you lose muscle along with the fat, which is not healthy.
Exercise for weight loss does not have to involve working out in the gym. Actually, the “right” exercise is simply the one you will actually do. Walking daily, for example, is typically sufficient to prevent the plateau in weight loss that occurs with dieting alone. If lower body aches and pains prevent walking or impact aerobics, a woman can try upper-body exercise, for example with a rowing machine. Sometimes, swimming or exercise bicycles are tolerated when weight-bearing exercise is too painful.
A healthy diet gives you energy, supports your mood, maintains your weight, and keeps you looking your best. It can also be a huge support through the different stages in life. Healthy food can help reduce PMS, boost fertility, combat stress, make pregnancy and nursing easier, and ease symptoms of menopause. Whatever your age, committing to a healthy diet will help you look and feel your best so that you stay on top of your commitments and enjoy life.
By making smart food choices and developing healthy eating habits, you’ll find it much easier to stay slim, control cravings, and feel energetic all day long. So, do not skip breakfast, eat regularly, cut the junk food and focus on complex carbohydrate such as baked potatoes, whole-wheat pasta, brown rice, oatmeal, whole grain breads, and bananas.