Age is just a number when it comes to getting fit. Sure, it’s slightly more challenging for seniors because they tend to have less muscle and a slower metabolism, but it’s definitely not impossible – and it all starts with a proper diet. But what exactly does “proper diet” mean? Is it eating nothing but salads? Is it eating all your meals before 6pm? Is it abstaining from all forms of carbohydrates? Well, the short answer is, it’s none of these! If you want long-term success, you need to do these three simple diet tips instead.
Choose quality calories
Not all calories are created equal. So, instead of focusing on how many you’re taking in, concentrate on the type. As a general rule, every meal should, at the very least, have a good mix of macronutrients, because they are crucial to the proper functioning of your body. Throw in a serving of fruits or vegetables on the side for an extra helping of micronutrients and you’re golden.
Listen to your body
One of my favourite diet tips is, Instead of counting calories use your body to measure your progress. If you’re getting fat, then cut back just a little with every meal. On the other hand, if you are getting too thin (or are losing too much muscle), then up your intake a bit. The biggest mistake most people make when it comes to losing weight is that they do too much too soon. The problem with this approach, is that it only works for a short period of time. After a while, everyone gets overwhelmed and ends up going back to their old ways. A better way would be to make small dietary changes that you could easily stick with and slowly build on them as they become second nature to you. This is the true key to long-term success.
Of course, you are not required to eat healthy 100% of the time. You could, but it’s definitely not necessary. In fact, recent studies suggest that cheat meals could be good for you because it allows you to maintain your habit of eating healthy long-term.
Stop using your age as an excuse and begin your journey towards becoming the fittest version of yourself today. Just eat healthier (with some cheat meals thrown in here and there), keep track of your progress so you can make the necessary adjustments, and watch your body change for the better.