Make sure that you are healthy enough for diet and exercise. Find out if a health condition such as hypertension or diabetes might affect the type of diet you should choose. If you’ve been struggling with your weight for some time, make sure that there are no medical or physical barriers to losing weight.
Is menopause affecting your weight? Many women struggle with weight loss before, during, and sometimes even long after menopause. This is also a time when many women make changes to their daily routines that may affect their weight. For example, after the kids leave home some women are not as busy during the day with non-exercise physical activities like carrying groceries, lifting laundry baskets and other household chores. Evaluate your lifestyle to make sure that a change in your daily habits isn’t affecting your weight.
Goal setting is one of the most important parts of any successful weight loss process. If you want to lose ten pounds or less, you can stick to short-term goals. But if you want to lose more weight, set long-term goals and them create short-term mini-goals to reach along the way
If you’re like most women over 40, you’ve dieted before. And it’s possible that many of those plans didn’t work. What weight loss barriers have stood in the way of your success in the past? Come up with a game plan before the challenges arise and you’ll be more likely to overcome them.
The best diet for you depends on your goal and your lifestyle. There is no single plan that works for everyone. But you can begin by evaluating your daily eating pattern to see what simple changes you can make. For example, can you drink coffee with fewer calories? Do you have a glass or two of wine at night? Can you cook with less fat? Start with small changes and build from there.