Although losing weight gets tougher as you age, weight loss after 30 isn’t an impossible feat. The longer you wait to lose weight and improve your health, however, the more difficult that process can be. While losing weight in your teens might have been as easy as joining an intramural team, losing weight decades later usually takes more effort, especially if you’ve spent a significant amount of time in a sedentary lifestyle.
Your Metabolism at Age 30
While you would be correct in assuming that your metabolism can slow down in your 30s, it’s incorrect to suggest that there’s nothing you can do about it, and that losing weight becomes impossible because of it. Part of the reason your metabolism slows down some each decade is because of a loss of lean muscle in the body. Lean muscle burns calories and keeps the metabolism revved up no matter what age you are.
The best way to prevent your metabolism from slowing down (and thereby making it more difficult to lose weight) is engaging in a healthy, active lifestyle. Fighting against the fatigue caused by the demands of work and family, it is important to remember that the longer you wait to make healthy changes in your life, the bigger an uphill battle your road to weight loss will be.
Don’t Forget the Weights
Although finding time to work out and get active is sometimes a difficult proposition in the middle of your career and the raising of a family, it is vital to include weight lifting as a part of your exercise routine. Building lean muscle is the number one way to increase your metabolism, burn more calories, and make it easier to continue an active lifestyle.
Your body is always burning calories whether you’re at rest or at play, but your body will burn more calories with more lean muscle. This means that varying your workouts to include weight lifting, in addition to activities such as running, walking and swimming, will keep that metabolism running and aid greatly in your weight loss efforts.
It’s Never Too Late to Start
Even if you’ve spent a significant number of years – or even decades – of your life overweight, it is never too late to begin the process of losing weight and improving your health. The first day you venture out onto the treadmill might wear you out, and the first barbell you lift might feel like it weighs a thousand pounds, but taking that first step toward a healthy lifestyle is the biggest hurdle.
Realize as well that losing weight in your 30s isn’t something you can do without permanent changes to your diet and activity level. Simply crash dieting for a few months to rid yourself of some unwanted pounds may cause you to gain more weight back when you return to your old habits. Losing weight and keeping it off into your 40s, 50s and beyond requires a dedication to creating a healthy lifestyle for the rest of your life.