As adults, we age and losing weight becomes harder with each painful year that passes by. We can look back to our youth and remember a time when losing a few pounds meant going for a run a couple times a week without changing anything else about diet or training intensity.
Now, losing those extra pounds becomes more burdensome than ever. In fact, you have sweated and run and dieted and lifted weights and the pounds STILL aren’t coming off. Having a difficult time losing weight? Try these lesser known methods for weight loss to see if you get better results.
1) Lower your Cortisol and Stress
Stress is a killer for adults: literally. It can cause excess belly fat and can cause a loss of years on overall life expectancy. To lower cortisol and effectively lower stress, try this:
- Take vitamin C
- Take choline
- Sleep more
- Weight train more intensely but less frequenty
- Drink less caffeiene
- Breathe deeper and slower
- Slow down in life
- Listen to your body
Implementing these techniques should help your stress levels to stabilize and might help you shed a few pounds around the waist that you previously were unable to tackle.
2) Diet and Nutrition
Diet is usually included in a list of ways to lose weight, but as an adult, more advanced strategies have to be taken to effectively shed the pounds. Not only does proper nutrition have to be in play, but macro nutrient usage to balance hormones (once again) is also vital. Carbs are needed when leptin gets to low and can also be necessary to control cortisol. Also, healthy fats are needed for proper testosterone and estrogen balance while protein is utilized to keep you feeling full and satiated.
If you want to try an impressive weight loss diet, then you need to begin counting your calories. Count them for a few days to make sure you understand how to track everything, where your basal metabolic rate is, and how to properly handle portion control.
3) Sleep More
This one is linked to cortisol again to lower stress, but there are many more benefits to sleeping more. Of course, the main benefit is to feel refreshed and awake for the day. But others include:
- having energy for exercise
- re-balancing testosterone and estrogen
- re-generating growth hormone
- lowering cortisol
- keeping mental focus sharp
If you implement more sleep in your life, not only will your social life and fitness life be enriched, but you will also have a better sense of well-being and a much greater chance of living longer in life.
Hopefully these tips have been beneficial for you to lose weight as an adult. Adults can no longer get by as the youth do simply by increasing their physical fitness activity: there are other factors at play such as sleep and rest, weight training, proper nutrition, supplements, and hormones.
Try out some of the techniques listed above to see if you can shed some extra pounds around the midsection and leave your comments here for us to discuss and debate. Happy weight loss!