Weight loss is a tricky issue; prickly, even, if a person has tried unsuccessfully to lose weight for many years. Thanks to yo-yo dieting he or she might have even gained weight and getting older is no help. Consumers tend to develop more fat around their middles as they age, but the reverse is true during the transitional phase between late teens and early twenties. Losing a few pounds or inches, might be easier than you think.
A lot of teenagers fill out when they start puberty, especially girls. Boys do things in reverse, stretching out and slimming down while also laying down muscle. Certain girls develop breasts and love handles, even young ladies who are active. If this is you and you’re still pudgy at the age of 18 or 19, give it a year or two. Your body will probably go through another, natural change without you doing anything different from what you are doing now. Avoid diet supplements or diets. Try not to feel ugly or to fret as skinnier friends connect with boys already. Your time is coming and you will be more mature to handle relationships when it does.
If you have had babies and excess fat just doesn’t want to shift, don’t be hard on yourself. Hormones change a lot over the years between child bearing and child rearing. You and your spouse probably eat the foods your children eat. You nibble their leftovers and prefer to model good habits by eating what they eat. Child-free friends nibble salad; you cook grilled-cheese sandwiches. Making a separate meal for yourself is too much work anyway. There’s no time or money for a gym membership and waking up at 5 a.m. to exercise before everyone else is awake means losing precious sleep you need. One day this will all settle down and you can concentrate on your body again.
Approach the issue of weight loss with a healthy attitude. First, identify how much you need or want to lose and why. Is this a health issue or do you want a flat stomach? In reality, most people don’t have flat stomachs or six-packs; not men or women. You see people with perfect bodies all the time because they grace the covers of magazines, star in movies, and draw your attention like a magnet. Real, normal people are all around if you would notice them. Know the healthy range for your height and age and try to stay within that. Remain active every day, even if only to take regular brisk walks and work in your garden or shovel snow. Stop comparing your level of fitness or waist size with that of a supermodel or TV star.
Be conscious of how you regard a meal and also how children talk and behave about food. If they always push their plate away or seem to never eat in front of you, ask direct questions. Find out how they feel about their bodies and watch out for signs of unhealthy body image which could lead to anorexia or bulimia.