Staying in shape when women hit the middle years can be a challenge. Although a few extra pounds can make some women look younger, with age excess weight can have the reverse effect. Fat tends to settle in the wrong places and weight gets more difficult to lose as your metabolism slows down, and you tend to lose it from the wrong places. What’s more, excess weight increases your risk of suffering from potentially fatal illnesses including heart attacks, high blood pressure and diabetes.
To slow down ageing and maintain your weight loss, you need to adopt a healthy and satisfying pattern of eating for the rest of your life. Here’s some anti-ageing tips from Erica Brealey, a popular author of Ten Minute Anti-Ageing (Cassell Illustrated, 2003).
- Avoid crash diets. They usually result in yo-yo weight and put you at a higher risk of developing osteoporosis.
- Eat little and often. Research shows that people who eat six smaller meals a day weigh less than those who eat the same number of calories in one or two sittings.
- Drinking a glass of water before beginning your meal and /or having soup or a salad as a a starter. It will fill you up and mean you eat less of your main course.
- Eating more slowly. This allows time for the body to register and send out a signal when it’s hunger is satisfied – and gives you a chance to absorb the message.
- Keep active and exercise. Ten minute’s aerobic exercise in most days, vigorous enough to make you slightly out of breath, will not only tone your muscles, it will make your skin glow and make you look younger.