Body image has a great impact on our confidence. A woman with a healthy body image finds it easier to move around in social circles and complete tasks assigned to her successfully. On the contrary, a negative body image, a result of being overweight or underweight, acts as a social barrier. Not only this, a dislike for one’s own body image can lead to serious eating and exercise disorders.
If your heavy figure is draining your confidence, a weight loss plan can help plug the leak. However, when you reach the age of 35, it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain healthy weight. Fluctuations in hormone levels, dietary changes and a sedentary lifestyle interfere with your weight loss efforts. Here are techniques to boost your confidence by losing weight after 35. It calls for minor adjustments to your diet and exercise routine.
1. Eat sensibly
Like every weight loss plan, this plan to boost confidence in single women over 35 focuses on making healthy dietary changes. Eat a flavorful, balanced, calorie-controlled diet. A diet with severe restrictions is hard to follow and hence should be avoided. Double your intake of protein and fiber and reduce your intake of fat to half. Nibble snacks in between to fulfill the demand the energy and control a voracious appetite. Drink plenty of water; at least 8-10 glasses per day.
2. Increase activity in your lifestyle
It involves a combination of light to moderate strength training and cardio activities. Cardio burns fat while strength training adds muscle mass. Start with easy exercises and gradually level up.
3. Get adequate sleep each night
Rest is necessary if you want to keep the body’s fat mechanism chugging throughout the day. inadequate sleep also makes you feel lethargic and the brain prompts the body to eat more.
4. Reduce your stress levels
If you are stressed or anxious, it is becomes increasingly difficult to drop weight. Hence, try to distress. You can use music therapy, exercise or meditate.
5. Revamp your look
Being 30 and beyond does not mean you have to embrace a frumpy mom image. You can still look young and gorgeous by dressing well. Replace baggy clothes with form-fitting (not figure-hugging) ones. It not only makes you look good, but also makes you feel good and motivates you to work towards weight loss. The body burns fat gradually hence; you do not observe a drastic drop in weight almost immediately. However, you will be happy to see you no longer struggle to fit into an old pair of jeans or your stomach does not bulge over your pants or your trousers get baggy. Sounds good already doesn’t it?
6. Take negative criticism positively
You will come across many women who will try to discourage you and make you believe you are wasting time on useless things. If you do lose weight, there many who will compliment you with additional “the results are temporary, it will all creep in again”. Do not shift focus. Take negative criticism positively; accept it as a challenge as it will make you work harder.